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Colorado Department of Transportation - Grand Junction, CO

Appraiser I or II – Staff Appraiser/Review Appraiser


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One position will be hired at either the Appaiser I level or Appraiser II level.

Salary Ranges:

Appraiser I -  $4,370 - $5,510 monthly
Appraiser II - $5,428 - $6,819 monthly

About the Work Unit
The Appraiser I or II works in The Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT'S) Region 3 Right-of-Way (ROW) in Grand Junction, CO.  Region 3 encompasses 15 counties in Western Colorado.
 The Right-of-Way unit exists to define (survey), appraise, acquire, and manage real estate for the development and maintenance of the state transportation system in Region 3, by 1) creating Right-of-Way  plans, plats and property descriptions;  2) researching and developing the history of property rights for clear title purposes; 3) appraising those rights to conclude relevant opinions of value in compliance with applicable statutory requirements and guidelines; 4) reviewing appraisal reports  and other  submitted  documents  relating to the functionality,  utility, serviceability, and  value of  real  property rights; 5) negotiating with property owners to acquire property and to relocate occupants; 6) overseeing the property after the acquisition; and 7) responding to the needs of all customers, both internal and external.
 About the Position
 The Appraiser I or II assists in providing or provides appraisal and appraisal review services in support of CDOT projects and projects implemented by other governmental agencies, and valuation services in support of property management functions such as leases and disposals. This will include (1) providing independent services for appraisals and appraisal waivers to estimate the fair market value (FMV) for every category of property, including properties to be acquired under exercise of the power of eminent domain; (2) initiating and completing contracts with third party appraisers for the preparation of appraisal reports and/or appraisal review services; (3) reviewing appraisals prepared by others, writing appraisal review reports, and preparing FMV recommendations to establish an official opinion of value for both CDOT projects, projects implemented by other governmental agencies, and property management functions such as leases and disposals; (4) attending project and team meetings to assist with the planning and implementation of project development, scheduling, and delivery; (5) coordinating valuation matters on complex appraisal assignments with engineering, survey/plans, acquisition, and, as necessary, the Attorney General’s office to resolve such issues; (6) providing litigation support in eminent domain cases, condemnation court proceedings and formal hearings, and testifying as an expert witness in valuation matters; (7) assisting the Right-of-Way Manager with preparation of Chief Engineer’s Cost Estimates; and (8) evaluating excess parcels, remainder parcels and general ledger properties for lease, exchange or disposal.
 All such duties shall be performed in accordance with Public Law 91-646 Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 as amended; Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 49 Part 24 - government-wide single rule for the Implementation of the Uniform Act; CFR Title 23 Parts 710-713 FHWA ROW Regulations; Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) Title 36 - Eminent Domain; CRS Title 43 Highways; applicable Colorado case law; FHWA Project Development Guide; CDOT ROW Program Manual; Office of Attorney General Opinions; Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (Yellowbook); Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and Ethics (USPAP) as published by the Appraisal Foundation; CDOT Policy and Procedural Directives; and all other applicable rules, regulations, and standards.  
Major Duties include some of all of the following depending upon the level, Appraiser I or II.  At the Appraiser I level, some duties may be performed with guidance from a Senior Appraiser.
Appraisal Process

  • Perform assigned appraisal services including valuation of improved and vacant residential, commercial and industrial properties in compliance with all CDOT, state and federal requirements.  
  • Initiate in-depth research studies by collecting, verifying and reporting data judged pertinent to the valuation of subject properties.  
  • Perform or assist with highest and best use analysis for all valuation assignments which form the basis for selection of comparable properties in the cost, sales comparison and income approaches to value. 
  • Investigate, research, analyze and determine all relevant data and information to estimate just compensation conclusions. 
  •  Provide appraisal services for disposition of CDOT-owned property, including excess and remainder parcels and valuations of maintenance sites, and Market Rent Analysis for the leasing of CDOT ROW.

 Appraisal Review

  • Provide appraisal review services for the Region, including staff and fee appraisals contracted by CDOT and by local governmental agencies acquiring lands on state highways. This includes field reviews of CDOT and property owner appraisals for project acquisitions and disposals, and Local Public Agency appraisals related to their projects, monitoring all reports for compliance with CDOT, State of Colorado and Federal requirements. 
  • Provide professional advice and direction and discussion of any non-compliant question or issue including eminent domain standards and specific CDOT requirements with the appraiser who submitted work. 
  • Provide review reports describing conclusions regarding the appraisal’s level of adequacy, completeness, reasonableness of the conclusions reached and required compliance levels.
  • Compare agency and owner appraisals and assist in preparing or prepare a Fair Market Value (FMV) document recommending the basis of just compensation for each parcel acquired. 

Appraisal Advisory, Project Planning & Delivery

  • Review and evaluate ROW and construction plans with project team members, making sure there is full and agreed-upon understanding of impacts on private property. 
  • Inspect projects with project team. 
  • Assist in providing/provide cost estimates required for early funding by project managers. 
  • Attend project and team meetings to participate in project management and delivery. This participation may include Field Inspection Review (FIR), Final Office Review (FOR), and Right-of-Way Plan Review (ROWPR) meetings. 

Appraisal Contracting and Consultant Management

  • Identify the need for contract appraisers and review appraisers for projects. 
  • Assist with employing/employ methods, rules, regulations and negotiation techniques to secure required appraisal services with independent fee appraisal contractors in compliance with Procurement Department requirements. 
  • Determine the most appropriate procurement method (statistical PO, documented quote. Solicitation on BIDS) to engage contract appraisers while considering the number of appraisals needed, the schedule and the complexity of the assignment.
  • Participate in completing all necessary assignment scope, SAP procurement input, and securing appropriate approvals.
  • Provide all necessary project information and assistance needed for the selected contractor to successfully complete the assignment. For example, this position may provide Letters of Information, title work, ROW plans, ownership contact information, permissions to enter, and all other data the contractor requires to perform the work.

Additional duties

  • May provide litigation support including providing professional expertise, coordination, strategy and support in cases of eminent domain condemnation proceedings and/or relocation appeals.
  • Attend and complete all required safety trainings; abide by all safety regulations, policies and procedures and wear all required personal protective equipment/
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

  • Primarily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday
  • Approximately 10% spent in the field, 90% spent in the office.
  • Travel required during work hours to project sites throughout the Region and to meetings
  • Occasional overnight travel 1-3 times a year throughout Colorado
  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles
  • Will require work near heavy traffic areas.


Minimum Qualifications:

Appraiser I 

  • Current, valid licensure as a Certified General Appraiser from the Colorado Real Estate Appraiser Program.

Appraiser II

  • Current, valid licensure as a Certified General Appraiser from the Colorado Real Estate Appraiser Program.
  • AND, one year of professional experience in complex real estate appraisal. Must have experience in the unique procedures and complexities of preparing and reviewing eminent domain appraisals.

Substitution: Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60824999
  • Location:
    Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
  • Position Title: Appraiser I/II Staff Appraiser/Review Appraiser
  • Company Name: Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Job Function: Appraiser
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $52,440.00 - $81,828.00 (Yearly Salary)

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