Job Detail

Organization: Clark County
Title: Land Records Technician I/II - GIS Department
Location: Vancouver, WA

Posted: 2022-05-20
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

Job Summary
The Clark County Geographic Information Services (GIS) division has a current opening for a Land Records Technician. The position will be hired at the I or II level, depending on the incumbent’s experience and education. The Land Records Technician 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.

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 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 is a full-time, hourly position represented by Local 11 – OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO).
Education and Experience:

One (1) to three (3) years of experience researching, interpreting and mapping legal descriptions, and researching property ownership history (chain of title).

One (1) year of experience researching, interpreting and mapping legal descriptions and researching property ownership history (chain of title).
Two (2) years of college level education in Surveying, Forestry, Paralegal, Records Management or a related field.
Any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.

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.

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: GIS software, the County’s property database, standard office software, other custom applications.
Other related duties as assigned.


If you wish to upload a resume or other documents: Resumes and other documents must be attached together in the ‘Resume Upload’ section of the application. Multiple files are allowed, but all applicant attachments must be uploaded simultaneously, as there is no way to edit or append uploaded materials after submitting the application.

Application Review (Pass/Fail) – An online application is required. Attaching a resume does not substitute for a completed application; incomplete applications will not pass the application review. Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.

Practical Exam (Pass/Fail) – This recruitment may require a practical exam which 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.

Oral Interview – The interview will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement. Top candidate(s) will continue in the process.

Employment References will be conducted for the final candidates and may include verification of education.

It is the general policy of the County that new employees should be hired at the lower steps of the applicable range and advance through the range at the normal progression.

For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:

Salary Grade
Local 11.707 ($22.16 - $28.33) per hour

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