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Since its inception in 1915, the Arizona State Land Department has been entrusted with managing approximately 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands scattered throughout Arizona. The Common Schools (K-12) are the largest beneficiary entitled to approximately 87% of the land and receiving close to 90% of State Trust Land revenues. Through the application of sound stewardship, and effective business management principles, the Land Department can succeed in its mission of responsibly managing the assets of a multi-generational perpetual Trust in alignment with the interests of the beneficiaries and Arizona’s future. Are you ready to join us in our mission?
Please apply today!
For general information, visit our website: www.azland.gov
1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007



Job Location:

Address:  1616 West Adams Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary:  $30 - $33 Per Hour

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open Until Business Needs Are Met

Job Summary:

The Arizona State Land Department manages more than 10,000 leases, permits, rights of ways, sales and other contracts relating to the management use and disposition of 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands. State Trust lands are lands granted to the State of Arizona pursuant to the federal Enabling Act. The Trust lands are held in Trust for the common public schools and 13 other public institutions. Any use or disposition of Trust lands must benefit the Trust's beneficiaries.

The Appraisal Section performs a wide range of advisory, value consultation, review, technical support services, specific appraisals, and administrative services that include the oversight, coordination, and procurement of independent professional appraisal services. Under the direction of the Appraisal Section Manager, the Appraiser III is responsible to apply traditional appraisal methodologies for the preparation of valuation assignments pertaining to all real estate transactions generated by the Sales & Leasing, Rights-of-Way, and Minerals Sections; reviewing "outside" appraisals to ensure reasonableness of value and conformance with USPAP and ASLD Appraisal Guidelines; advising on selected valuation and evaluation assignments; making recommendations on valuation and evaluation issues relative to disposition alternatives and/or specific elements of each disposition; and acting in the capacity of an expert witness in administrative and judicial proceedings. The Appraiser III will also assist the Appraisal Section Manager in the formulation and implementation of rules, policies, and procedures for Section-related issues and collection of economic data in support of the appraisal process.

Job Duties:

• Prepares narrative appraisal reports for valuation assignments of moderate to complex difficulty to a successful completion in accordance with established deadlines and by applying traditional appraisal methodologies.
• Provides technical and administrative appraisal review services which include ascertaining whether the contract appraisal is commensurate in scope and detail with the action for which it was prepared, and whether it complies with supplemental appraisal standards, policies, and instructions.
• Provides advice and makes recommendations on valuation issues relative to disposition alternatives and/or specific elements of disposition.
• Assists the Appraisal Section Manager in the formulation and implementation of rules, policies, and procedures for Section related issues.
• Applies the principles, theories, and concepts of the Arizona Management System (AMS); actively participating in daily group huddles and huddle board updates; continually identifying areas for process and quality improvement; adhering to established standard work and procedures.
• Other duties as assigned and as related to the position

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge and experience writing appraisal reports and restricted use reports in a manner that is in keeping with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) and ASLD's Appraisal Guidelines;
• Knowledge and experience in reviewing appraisals from contract appraisers outside of ASLD;
• Knowledge of applicable federal, state, local, and agency rules, regulations, policies and procedures specific to area of assignment; and Arizona statutes, case law, and administrative rules/regulations applicable to the business of the Department;
• Knowledge of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice promulgated by the Arizona Board of Appraisal and the Appraisal Foundation.

• Skills in technical writing and proficiency with Office Word & Excel;
• Skills in real estate economic theory;
• Skills in research and analysis, utilizing CoStar, Marshall & Swift, and other real estate data sources;
• Skills in financial analysis and financial model creation;
• Skills in land use planning;
• Skills in statistical analysis;
• Skills in construction techniques and cost estimation;
• Skills in effective oral and written communication.

• The ability to make independent, logical, and well supported decisions based on both objective and subjective criteria;
• The ability to provide effective oral and written communication to supervisors and the public;
• The ability to coordinate the accurate and timely flow of information within the section and throughout the Department on section related matters;
• The ability to complete the mission of the Department as determined by the Commissioner's Office;
• The ability to discuss areas of concern with contract appraisers;
• The ability to make recommendations on valuation and economic issues that impact sale, commercial leasing, and right-of-way transactions.

Selective Preference(s):

• A minimum of 5 years of experience as a certified general real estate appraiser;
• Previous right of way valuation experience is a plus (in either appraisal, review, acquisitions, training, and/or education courses related to partial acquisitions and easements/right-of-way).
• MUST be licensed and in good standing as a Certified General real estate appraiser - State of AZ or be eligible to apply for license via reciprocity.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Prior or after interviewing, candidates may be subject to a pre-employment skills assessment.
• Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete required driver training. (refer to Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


• Sick leave
• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
• Health and dental insurance
• Retirement plan
• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.
• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
• Participation is a mandatory condition of employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria as defined in statute.
• Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment
• The current contribution rate is 12.41%

Contact Us:

If you have trouble applying for this position, please email HRIShelpdesk@azdoa.gov for assistance.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting AZSLD Human Resources at 602-542-2629. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.