IRRIGATION AND GROUNDS TECHNICIAN
Number of Vacancies:
Campus Facilities Operations
Scope of Job:
Responsible for assigned aspects of irrigation including repair,
trouble shooting, maintenance, programming, pumps and pump
stations, wiring, etc., to ensure safe, efficient and effective
irrigation systems, as well as general grounds keeping, and other
duties as assigned.
Description of Duties:
• Repairs existing drip and sprinkler systems.
• Keeps track of watering schedules, weather and water needs in all
• Removes old systems and recovers reusable equipment.
• Sets and maintains times on computer and electronic valve clocks;
troubleshoots computerized electronic systems, irrigation
controllers, solenoid valves, and heads of all types.
• Participates in preparing ground for planting and in planting,
cultivating, fertilizing, watering and pruning flowers, shrubs and
• Watches for pests, disease or other deteriorating agents and
takes necessary steps for the eradication.
• Cleans and maintains tools, equipment, materials and
• Operates and prepares grounds care equipment.
• May instruct others in minor irrigation repairs.
• Operates tractors and trenchers to install/repair lines.
• May assist in coordination with other departments or outside
• Performs other general grounds keeping and maintenance duties as
needed and requested by supervisor.
• May perform preventive maintenance and repairs on commercial lawn
mowers, pesticide spray equipment and other landscape machinery
used for general maintenance purposes.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
General supervision from assigned supervisor.
Direct supervision of assigned staff.
High school diploma or equivalent.
As condition of employment this position requires the applicant to
be authorized to operate a University-Owned Vehicle for Official
University Business. Per University of Texas System Policy 157,
applicants will be subject to a motor vehicle record check for
their most recent thirty-six (36) month history. Out of State
Drivers are required to submit a 36-month history MVR from their
prior State of residence(s).
Two (2) years of underground lawn sprinkler system repair and
installation experience and experience in the care of Plants, trees
and lawns. Knowledge of irrigation equipment, including repair,
maintenance and programming.
Use of standard equipment related to the duties.
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties.
Outdoor Environment; some travel and weekend work is required.
UTRGV is a distributed institution, which requires presence at
multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Exposure to
weather, hazardous mechanical equipment, and agricultural
chemicals. Exposure to outside environments, hot, dry, wet, cold;
some work in restricted spaces, exposure to dust and dirt, some
duties and working conditions may create bodily strain and
Must be physically able to perform duties described above. May
occasionally lift heavy objects weighing up to 100 lbs. with or
without assistance. Duties involve the lifting, pushing, and moving
of heavy objects; digging, stooping, crawling, climbing, reaching,
and other manual activities requiring great physical exertion.
Danger of hazards and conditions inherent to the trade or
assignment. In addition, this position may be required to come into
work on weekends, holidays and in emergency situations (i.e., may
be subject to “on-call” responsibilities). This position will be
subject to a pre-employment physical.
Commensurate with Experience
Commensurate with Experience
Position Available Date:
Grant Funded Position:
If Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date:
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to
promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all
individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex,
age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In
accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights
act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is
committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures
non-discrimination in its education programs and activities,
including employment. We encourage women, minorities and
differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any
confidential information from the documents you attach with your
application. The confidential information includes the
Date of Birth
Please make sure that you omit this information prior to
submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding
your application to the department as per your submission. The
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to
discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date
of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three
(3) calendar days.
If you have any questions, please visit our Careers site at
for detailed contact information.
UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is
subject to change based on need.
All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background
check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval
from the Chief Human Resources Officer.
To apply, visit https://careers.utrgv.edu/postings/35519