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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  This is a combination of office and field work of a routine but exacting nature which requires the collection of real property data, particularly on residential properties, according to standard guidelines as set forth by the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services and the New York State Board of Real Property Tax Services (formerly the Board of Equalization and Assessment). Duties include verification and processing of accumulated data for the purpose of making real estate appraisals for tax assessments, and performing calculations of property values based on the data collected. Work is performed under general supervision of the Town Assessor, and technical direction may be received from higher level Assessor’s Office employees. Supervision of others is not a requirement. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Conducts inspections, in the field and/or by photograph, of buildings and parcels for verification purposes;
  • Verifies measurements and information of new construction, additions and existing structures, and updates Assessor’s records accordingly;
  • Reviews building plans, inspections, in the field and/or by photograph, to verify structure characteristics;
  • Collects data on ownership and parcel identifications;
  • Checks validity of all data and records changes;
  • Completes standard property cards describing essential characteristics of each parcel, and sketching building and structure details;
  • Provides information and assistance to the public;
  • Performs related clerical functions as needed;
  • May calculate property values from standard formulas;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of basic arithmetic; some knowledge of building materials and construction; ability to record figures accurately and legibly; ability to conduct effective inspections; ability to establish and maintain effective, cooperative, and professional working relationships; ability to use tact when dealing with the public; good observation; mental alertness.


  1. Graduation from high school or possession of a comparable diploma and one (1) year of work experience in structural construction, inspection of residential buildings, data collection requiring continual public contact, clerical processing of real property data, real property management or sales, or closely related experience; or
  2. Graduation from high school or possession of a comparable diploma, and a minimum of twelve (12) weeks of training relative to data collection skills and duties, as provided by the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services, as well as demonstrated ability to perform such skill and duties as determined by a certified Assessor or a recognized real property assessing firm; or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as described in a) and b) above.


Access to transportation may be required to complete possible field work assignments in a timely and efficient manner.


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Competitive Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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