Employment Opportunities

Welcome. The office of the Property Appraiser consists of 41 dedicated and talented staff responsible for the annual assessment of 182,000 real property parcels and over 35,000 tangible personal property accounts. Lake County is located in Central Florida; approximately 30 minutes north of downtown Orlando and 45 minutes to area theme parks and international airports. With a population of 356,000, the county contains over 1,400 lakes, tremendous boating and fishing activities, outdoor nature and sporting opportunities, beautiful hilly terrain, world-class art festivals, great small towns, and one of the country’s largest motorcycle rallies. To learn more, visit www.visitlakefl.com

We appreciate your interest in pursuing career opportunities with the Lake County Property Appraiser’s Office. We offer our employees competitive wages, great benefits, and a dynamic, energetic, and supportive working environment.

The Lake County Property Appraiser is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

The Property Appraiser is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. Applicants and employees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

A completed application for employment must be submitted to be considered for employment. Only applications containing an original signature are accepted. A resume may be submitted along with an application. Faxed, emailed, and other non-original copies of applications will not be accepted. For any posted position, applications must be postmarked by the closing date to be considered. Positions are subject to close without notice.

Mail applications to:

Application Mailing Address
Lake County Property Appraiser
Attn: Chief Deputy
320 W. Main St. Suite A
Tavares, FL 32778-3831
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Current Open Positions

Deeds And Research Specialist

Department: Mapping and Deeds
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Classification: Full-Time 37.5 hours per week
Position Number: TBD
Rate of Pay: $30,000.00 annually or $15.38 per hr. at initial hire.
$31,000 or $15.90 per hr. following successful completion of 180 day probationary period.
Work Location: Office of the Lake County Property Appraiser. 320 W. Main St. Tavares, FL. 32778
Work Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

SUMMARY

This is a technical position responsible for review and processing of deeds and other related documents transferring real property title. Work involves the mapping of recorded legal descriptions to determine title transfers as well as the identification, tracking, and distribution of recorded instruments affecting base map cartographic components. This position works closely with the GIS Cadastralist to accomplish many work goals and responsibilities related to tax roll production. Work is performed under the guidance and administration of the GIS Cadastral Mapping Manager.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Coordinate with the mapping staff with regard to plats, right of ways and other property-related documentation used to create, update and maintain accurate cadastral maps and records within the tax roll system (CAMA system) such as but not limited to: name changes and cut-outs, probate research, new parcel creation, new subdivision setup, parcel splits and combinations, annexations / ordinances, vacation of title interest documents.
  • Work closely with and/or assists GIS Cadastral Mapping Manager, cadastral mappers, internal and external agencies, surveyors, attorneys, title agencies, and the public, in the identification and rectification of title / ownership issues through the interpretation of chain of title and complex legal descriptions. Provide detailed verbal or written explanation as needed.
  • Maintains a comprehensive manual of procedures which supports uniformity of methodology and is compliant with standards set forth by the Florida Department of Revenue Property Tax Oversight.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and must participate in departmental training in property description interpretation, COGO and other cartographic techniques.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS / EDUCATION

  • Applicant must have a strong attention to detail along with a personality and temperament necessary for working under stress in dealing with users and the public through direct contact, email, and phone communication.
  • A minimum of (5) years of service working for a Property Appraiser’s office in cadastral mapping / property description interpretation is preferred.
  • Should be familiar with standard office software including Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat. An ability to type is preferred.
  • Must contribute and cooperate with senior management in the development of processes that can improve the quality of data and workflow.
  • Must be able to obtain the Certified Cadastralist of Florida (CCF) or Certified Cadastral Mapper (CCM) designation offered by the Florida Association of Cadastral Mappers and administered by the Florida Department of Revenue. Or, must complete necessary coursework and apply for designation within first four (4) years of assignment to this position.
  • Degree from an accredited college or university with studies in real estate, CADD, engineering, mathematics, geography, or geographic information systems (GIS) desired.
  • NOTE: Each year of required education may be substituted by two (2) years of work experience. Each year of required experience may be substituted by two (2) years of additional education.
Work Environment and Stipulations of Employment

The work environment for this position is a general office setting. The incumbent performs most duties sitting at a desk, table or workstation.

Employees of the Lake County Property Appraiser shall not either for gratis or for compensation engage in any licensed real estate activities such as, but not limited to, buying, selling or acting as a broker for others; appraise property inside Lake County; sell LCPA computerized database information; engage in any outside assessment/appraisal computer programming or consulting. Furthermore, employees and members of their household may not own or hold a financial interest in an assessment/appraisal business.

At Will Statement

Employment at the Lake County Property Appraiser’s Office is on an “at-will” basis. It may be terminated at any time, with or without cause by either the employee or employer. It is not guaranteed, contracted or promised for any length of time. No person other than the Lake County Property Appraiser has the authority to alter the at-will status of your employment or to enter into any employment contract with you. The Lake County Property Appraiser reserves the right to change, amend or revoke rates of pay, terms and conditions of your employment and job offers at any time.


Residential Appraiser Trainee

Department: Real Property Appraisal
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Classification: Full-Time 37.5 hours per week
Position Number: TBD
Rate of Pay: $30,000.00 annually or $15.38 per hr. at initial hire.
$31,000.00 or $15.89 per hr. following successful completion of 180 day probationary period
Work Location: Office of the Lake County Property Appraiser. 320 W. Main St. Tavares, FL. 32778
Work Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

SUMMARY

This is an entry-level technical position with on the job training in the Real Property Appraisal Department collecting and verifying data from residential properties for the purpose of ad valorem tax assessment. The following functions, duties and qualifications are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned as deemed necessary by the Property Appraiser or his designee. This position is subject to the successful completion of an initial 180 day probationary period.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Perform field inspections for the purpose of measuring and drawing structures; collect and record construction type, shape, condition, age, and other relevant data and notes.
  • Read blueprints or floor plans of residential homes to ascertain accurate measurements of improvements as needed.
  • Utilize digital imagery, tax roll parcel data, property maps, legal descriptions and other sources of information to fulfill statutory inspection requirements for desktop review of assigned properties to fulfill statutory requirements for 5 year physical inspection.
  • Investigate and respond to inquiries from property owners or their legal representatives to explain methods, procedures and policies with respect to the valuation placed on residential properties in Lake County.
  • May be required to conduct damage assessment in coordination with federal and state emergency management offices during the aftermath of local disasters such as hurricanes or tornadoes. This may require after-hours or weekend duty.
  • Nature of the work and tax roll production cycle may require occasional after hours and/or weekend duty.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and must participate in departmental cross-training, job-sharing and job duty reorganization efforts as directed by supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS / EDUCATION

  • Must possess a high school diploma or the equivalent. Knowledge of real estate appraisal and/or residential construction is preferred.
  • Ability to read maps for navigational purposes. Familiarity with Lake County is preferred.
  • Proficiency with standard office equipment. Should be familiar with and able to utilize personal computer and standard office software including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to follow direction, make independent decisions, solve problems, and meet production deadlines.
  • Must possess organizational skills; be self-motivated; capable of working independently with minimum supervision; make accurate mathematical calculation; submit concise records on field inspections; and must be able to work in the field and tolerate the extremes of weather conditions common to Central Florida.
  • Must be capable of communicating effectively both verbally and in writing and possess the personality and temperament necessary for working under stress in dealing with the public to provide outstanding customer service.
  • Must be willing to pursue additional education to receive the Certified Florida Evaluator (CFE) designation.
  • Must have a valid Florida Driver’s License with acceptable driving record.

Note: Each year of required education may be substituted by two (2) years of work experience. Each year of required experience may be substituted by two (2) years of additional education.

Work Environment and Stipulations of Employment

The work environment for this position involves both a general office setting and outdoor environment. Indoors, the incumbent performs most duties sitting at a desk, table, or workstation. Outdoor fieldwork involving exposure to the weather conditions and environments common to Central Florida is required. This position is deemed Government Essential as related to Tax Roll Production and to Damage Assessment following a natural or man-made disaster.

Employees of the Lake County Property Appraiser shall not either for gratis or for compensation engage in any licensed real estate activities such as, but not limited to, buying, selling or acting as a broker for others; appraise property inside Lake County; sell LCPA computerized database information; engage in any outside assessment/appraisal computer programming or consulting. Furthermore, employees and members of their household may not own or hold financial interest in an assessment / appraisal business.

At Will Statement

Employment at the Lake County Property Appraiser’s Office is on an “at-will” basis. It may be terminated at any time, with or without cause by either the employee or employer. It is not guaranteed, contracted or promised for any length of time. No person other than the Lake County Property Appraiser has the authority to alter the at-will status of your employment or to enter into any employment contract with you. The Lake County Property Appraiser reserves the right to change, amend or revoke rates of pay, terms and conditions of your employment and job offers at any time.


Tangible Personal Property Specialist

Department: Tangible Personal Property
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Classification: Full-Time 37.5 hours per week
Work Location: Office of the Lake County Property Appraiser. 320 W. Main St., Suite A, Tavares, FL. 32778
Work Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

SUMMARY

This is an entry-level position in the Tangible Personal Property Department. Primary duties relate to the entry, verification, and processing of financial data from tangible personal property tax returns as filed by business owners with the Property Appraiser’s Office. The following functions, duties, and qualifications are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned as deemed necessary by the Property Appraiser or his designee.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Responsible for the processing of Tangible Personal Property (TPP) tax returns.
  • Assist in the update of TPP listings based on new business filings.
  • Assist business owners (or their representatives) with questions concerning their assessed value.
  • Research business owners and mailing addresses
  • Prepare TPP tax returns for document scanning
  • Perform desktop (internet-based) audits of businesses
  • Perform other duties as assigned and must participate in departmental cross-training, job-sharing and job duty reorganization efforts as directed by supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS / EDUCATION

  • Must possess a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Must possess a minimum of one year or more of clerical office experience or equivalent combination of related education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job functions.
  • Must have thorough knowledge and understanding of business English and math. This includes the ability to make arithmetic computations accurately with reasonable speed.
  • Must be capable of learning custom data entry applications, processes and procedures.
  • Must possess proficiency with standard office equipment. Should be familiar with and able to utilize a personal computer and standard office software including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Must be profienct using/creating formulas in Excel.
  • Must exhibit a high level of accuracy in typing / data entry skills.
  • Must possess ability to follow direction, make independent decisions, solve problems, and meet production deadlines.
  • Must possess organizational skills; be self-motivated; be capable of working independently with minimum supervision and make accurate mathematical calculations.
  • Must be capable of communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Must be capable of demonstrating full proficiency of all essential job functions following a training period or a timeline provided by management.
Work Environment and Stipulations of Employment

The work environment for this position is a general office setting. The incumbent performs most duties sitting at a desk, table or workstation.

Employees of the Lake County Property Appraiser shall not either for gratis or for compensation engage in any licensed real estate activities such as, but not limited to, buying, selling or acting as a broker for others; appraise property inside Lake County; sell LCPA computerized database information; engage in any outside assessment / appraisal computer programming or consulting. Furthermore, employees and members of their household may not own or hold financial interest in an assessment / appraisal business.

At Will Statement

Employment at the Lake County Property Appraiser’s Office is on an “at-will” basis. It may be terminated at any time, with or without cause by either the employee or employer. It is not guaranteed, contracted or promised for any length of time. No person other than the Lake County Property Appraiser has the authority to alter the at-will status of your employment or to enter into any employment contract with you. The Lake County Property Appraiser reserves the right to change, amend or revoke rates of pay, terms and conditions of your employment and job offers at any time.

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If you have applied with the Property Appraiser in the prior 12 months, there is no need to reapply; your prior application will be considered for available positions.

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