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Irrigation Specialist

California State University, Dominguez Hills
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Facilities Management & Physical Plant
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Full Time
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Irrigation Specialist

Job No: 501446
Work Type: Staff
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: Unit 5 - CSUEU - Operations and Support Services, Custodial/Facilities, Probationary, Full Time

Position Information

This is a full-time, permanent (probationary) position.

Conditions of Employment

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

Employment is contingent upon the candidate passing a pre-employment physical exam with the ability to lift up in excess of 50 lbs.

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Application Deadline & Salary Information

The application review date will begin Monday, July 6, 2021, and the position will remain open until Monday, August 23, 2021

The salary range for this classification is: $2,990 - $5,404.

Major Duties

Under general supervision of the Grounds Manager, the Irrigation Specialist maintains and repairs grounds irrigation piping, distribution, and computerized systems. The incumbent performs planning, cost estimating, and installation of new systems; uses and operates trencher and other related equipment in the performance of duties.


Required Education and Experience:

High School graduation or equivalent; completed educational or vocational course work relating to the applied mechanical principles of irrigation systems equipment and designs is highly desirable.

Two years experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or general grounds, with one year of extensive maintenance, repair, and modification of irrigation systems and irrigation equipment.

Certification: Valid driver license

Preferred Qualifications:

Two years of experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas in an institutional setting, with one year of extensive maintenance, repair, and modification of a commercial or institutional automated irrigation system is highly desirable.

Certificate in irrigation and landscape design - preferred

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in the maintenance, repair, and installation of irrigation pipelines, remote control valves, in-line isolation valves, low voltage direct burial wiring, surge pump systems, specialized automated control devices, and computerized automated water-saving software systems. Thorough knowledge of the soil conditions of the various areas of the campus; climate of the area in which the campus is located; and the mechanical principles of equipment. General knowledge of the kinds of control devices and irrigation equipment available on the market. Abilities: Ability to plan, estimate costs, and install or modify irrigation systems for particular sections of the campus; repair and maintain existing irrigation systems; operate equipment, such as, small trench-diggers; provide lead work direction to others; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position. Ability to read and interpret landscape irrigation blueprint drawings, plan legends, and detailed specifications related to irrigation water supply lines and irrigation systems. Ability to perform general service and repairs to timing devices, and components of irrigation control panels to ensure the automated irrigation of the campus landscape. Ability to schedule central computerized irrigation systems. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, faculty, students, and others.

Specialized Materials:
1. Central computerized irrigation system
2. Progressive electronic equipment (valve locator, fault finder, wire dector)
3. Tractor/skip loader, tractor/trencher, large and small fork lift


50% Responsible for maintaining campus irrigation infrastructure, duties include but not limited to: Inspects, services, repairs and maintains a preventive maintenance program for irrigation main lines, lateral lines, irrigation heads, valves, automatic irrigation control devices, and other related equipment. Provides minor repairs on irrigation controls. Provides lead work to other grounds workers as they repair and maintain irrigation systems within their work area.

25% Clears blockages from valves and pipes. Performs manual and mechanical trenching, replace mainline valves and remote control valves; plan irrigation systems; select types of irrigation equipment, estimate costs, and install or modify irrigation systems; review landscaped areas and coordinate the installation of new sprinkler systems and the modification of existing irrigation systems, taking into consideration the vegetation, soil conditions and evaporation and water retention factors; may perform emergency repair work on irrigation systems.

10% Serves as the lead person overseeing the work of staff engaged in routine irrigation maintenance activities, works closely with contractors installing irrigation systems around new structures to assure proper irrigation capabilities of the system; may from time to time provide lead work direction to students.

5% Interprets landscape and irrigation designs and makes changes on prints when necessary; prepare or revises sketches or plans to show the location of pipes, valves, irrigation heads, and water pressure. Maintains records and reports for irrigation equipment, supply requisitions, inventory, and costs.

5% Performs occasionally Grounds Worker duties and drives automotive equipment when necessary.

5% Other duties as assigned

Closing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce.

California State University Dominguez Hills is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. For more information or definition of these terms, please visit:

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at , or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639. Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free. Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property. Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9

Applications Close: 23 Aug 2021

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