Organization: Clark County
Title: Land Records Technician II - GIS Department
Location: Vancouver, WA
The Clark County Geographic Information Services (GIS) division has a current opening for a Land Records Technician II. The Land Records Technician II position performs nearly the full range of process work associated with land records and parcel maintenance, and serves as a contact for customers (property owners, businesses, government agencies, etc.) regarding these technical issues. Employees in this classification perform a wide variety of advanced and complex technical process work, including interpreting, researching and mapping legal descriptions, providing customers with map products and information on parcel ownership, legal descriptions and parcel maintenance. The work entails both routine and complex tasks and requires application of advanced knowledge of legal descriptions and documents, cadastral principles and terminology, and problem solving. Much of the work is performed on computer, with staff at this level demonstrating proficiency in the use of specific computer software (Esri ArcGIS Pro software, property assessment database, other custom software applications). Customer service is a key focus and is foundational for all technical work and processes. Customer contact occurs by phone, mail, email, and in person.
Work is performed independently and under general direction, according to standard formats and processes. Significant knowledge of legal descriptions and documents, cadastral principles and terminology, and problem solving is required. Work performed at this level is reviewed for quality, thoroughness, timeliness, accuracy, and conformance to established policies and procedures. When appropriate, attitude and effectiveness in dealing with others are also observed. Work assignments are made and reviewed by upper-level Technicians.
This position reports directly to the Land Records Technician Lead and GIS Manager. The Land Records Technician Lead makes assignments by defining objectives, priorities and deadlines and assists the incumbent with unusual situations or problems that do not have clear precedents.
The Land Records Technician II will work alongside other Land Records Technicians to plan and carry out the work independently and everyone is expected to work together to resolve problems in accordance with instructions, policies, and accepted practice.
This position is represented by Local 11 – OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO).
This recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applications has been received. First review of applications will be July 19. This posting may close at any time on or after July 19 with no additional notice.
Any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.
Education and Experience:
Three (3) to four (4) years of experience researching, interpreting, and mapping legal descriptions; and researching property ownership history (chain of title).
Two (2) years of experience researching, interpreting, and mapping legal descriptions and researching property ownership history (chain of title).
Two (2) years of college level education in Land Records Management, Surveying, Forestry, Paralegal, or a related field.
College degrees must have been conferred by an institution of higher education and have National Recognition of Accrediting Agencies by the U.S. Secretary of Education; official transcripts may be required at the time of hire.
Knowledge of: Legal descriptions pertaining to land ownership, research methods to determine right-of-way and property ownership history (chain of title), principles of geographic mapping and cartography, Esri ArcGIS Pro software, mathematics, and effective methods and principles of customer service and problem-solving.
Ability to: Read, understand, and interpret legal descriptions and legal documents as they pertain to real property; understand and respond to map product requests from the public; understand and respond to questions as they pertain to the County’s property maps and land records; learn and remain current on technical processes, trends, and applicable computer software; and establish and maintain working relationships with employees and the public.
Resume and Cover Letter (REQUIRED) – In addition to the Clark County application, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter that addresses their experience in the areas mentioned above. Documents must be added to the Documents section of My Application. Please include the Recruitment Number in the file name (i.e., Cover Letter R00xxxx.doc).
Application Review – Incomplete applications will not pass the review; attaching a resume or referring to a resume does not substitute for a completed application. Candidates will be evaluated based on the content of their application and resume. Those deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.
Practical Exam – Candidates will be required to complete a written practical exam directed at evaluating their level of competency in areas listed under Qualifications.
Oral Interview – The interview will be job-related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement. Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.
Examples of Duties
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Reviews legal descriptions and ownership information in recorded documents to determine the effect on County property records.
Processes ownership changes to real property and mobile homes following established guidelines.
Performs parcel maintenance activities, including: editing the parcel map layer and associated map layers; updating parcel-related data in the County’s property database.
Examines and interprets a variety of map data such as photography, road plans, and utility maps as they relate to determining parcel location. Computes acreage and square footage using cartographic methods.
Responds to questions from property owners, businesses, and County and other government agencies as they relate to land records data and parcel maintenance processes.
Processes service requests from the public, appraisers, and other persons regarding lot size, acreage ownership, legal descriptions, etc. Examines deeds, contracts, court decisions, appraisers’ notes, maps, aerial photography, surveys, etc. for this purpose.
Addresses customer inquiries and processes service requests on most parcel-related issues, including mapping issues, tidelands, leases, easements, plats and preliminary plats, and foreclosures.
Employs appropriate research methods to investigate property boundary history and ownership history. Uses standard practices to interpret legal descriptions and chain of title.
Uses related computer software to perform the above work: Esri ArcGIS Pro software, the County’s property database, standard office software, other custom applications.
Local 11.709 ($24.41 - $31.22) per hour
Open Until Filled
All Clark County employees must participate in a WASHINGTON STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM PLAN (PERS, PSERS or LEOFF).Employee contributions begin the first day of work. Current contribution rates vary by plan but could range from 5% to 15% of gross pay, depending on the plan choice.
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