Irrigation Specialist

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • May 15, 2019
Full Time Grounds and Landscaping Services

Job Description

Posting Title Irrigation Specialist
Job Requisition Number COA080136
Position Number 111545
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Natural Resources
Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, plus three (3) years experience in installing and maintaining irrigation systems.

Licenses or Certifications:
  • Texas Class C Driver's License
  • Texas Landscape Irrigator's License.
  • Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester License, or the ability to obtain within ninety (90) days of employment.

Notes to Applicants
The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department ( PARD ) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community.

The purpose of this position is to, under limited direction, manage the grounds irrigation, ponds, streams and water systems including potable, non-potable, and rain water sources of the 28 acres of the Zilker Botanical Garden. Additional assistance is provided in support of satellite sites on occasion.

Additional Primary duties include: Operate heavy equipment such as backhoes, trenchers, excavators, rock saws, wire locators, pumps, etc. Maintain detailed records and reports on irrigation system audits, back-flow tests, blueprints, as-builts, controller programs and station descriptions, and seasonal water budgets. Assist horticulture staff with projects and maintenance around the garden, as necessary.

Application Instructions:
  • Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.
  • Detailed, complete employment application is required to help better evaluate the applicants qualifications, and will be used to determine salary if the applicant is the top candidate that is selected for this position.
  • Verify the employment history dates on resume exactly match the online application. Employment history dates must include month and year.

Work/Location Schedule Notes:
  • May be required to work during special events, evenings, weekends & holidays.
  • Work schedule and location is subject to change based on department needs and programs.

Physical Requirements:
  • Tasks may involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying, or using a force equal to lifting up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Must be physically and mentally able to communicate, respond and work with participant's needs and safety issues.

90 Day Provision for Additional Vacancy:
  • This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in other divisions/work locations within the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Decisions on assigned selection will be made at the time of hire based on the business needs of the department.

Military/Veteran Preference for Interview Process:
  • An applicant claiming Military/Veteran status must provide a copy of his or her DD-214(s), or valid comparable document, at the time of interview.

Driver's License and Certifications :
  • If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

Posting Closure:
  • The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to close posted positions prior to the advertised close date, based on recruitment strategies and business needs.

Pay Range
$16.40 - $20.45

Days and Hours
  • This is a 40 hour per week position and shifts for this position are Tuesday through Saturday, 7 AM - 3:30 PM with one 10 AM - 6:30 PM shift during the work week.
  • May be required to work during special events, evenings, weekends & holidays.
  • Work schedule and location is subject to change based on department needs and programs.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Parks & Recreation
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Technical
Location 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in agronomy, environmental sciences or related field.
  • Three (3) years experience designing, installing and maintaining irrigation systems for turf and complex landscape designs.
  • Three (3) years experience managing non-potable water systems.
  • Three (3) years experience with turf management.
  • Two (2) years experience with the Toro Sentinel irrigation system.
  • Two (2) years experience working with Rain Master irrigation systems, including computerized timers and controllers.
  • Two (2) years experience mowing turf for display gardens.
  • Demonstrated skill in proper maintenance of turf and irrigation equipment.
  • Previous experience in training and/or providing education classes in the area of irrigation and/or turf management.
  • Experience with minor plumbing repairs in sinks, restrooms, and other building areas.
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
Designs and develops specifications for irrigation systems.Installs, troubleshoots, inspects, audits, and repairs irrigation systems.Provides technical expertise to design professionals, gardeners, volunteers, vendors, and City staff.Plans and implements water conservation programs.Monitors water quality and ensures compliance with all laws, regulations and ordinances.Maintains detailed blueprints, diagrams, records, and reports associated with City irrigation systems.Creates accurate depictions of actual field installations (as-built drawings).Creates and oversees watering schedules with consideration to rainfall, solar radiation, wind speed, temperature and other factors.Operates all necessary equipment for the installation and maintenance of irrigation systems.Tests backflow devices.Performs cross-connection checks in accordance with City of Austin standards.Obtains local permits for new installs and repairs.
Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of power tools.
  • Knowledge of installation and operation of irrigation systems.
  • Knowledge of proper safety practices, procedures.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and ordinances applicable to work being performed.
  • Knowledge of water conservation initiatives and methods.
  • Knowledge of irrigation controllers.
  • Knowledge of backflow principles.
  • Skill in irrigation system layout.
  • Skill in planning, directing or organizing the work of others.
  • Skill in preparing simple reports.
  • Skill in working from drawings, blueprints, plans, and specifications.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships with other City employees and the public.

Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* This position requires graduation from high school or equivalent plus 3 years experience in installing and maintaining irrigation systems. Do you have the required experience for this position?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have a valid Texas Landscape Irrigator or Irrigation Inspector license, or the ability to obtain one prior to hire date?
  • Yes
  • No
* This position requires a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester License, or the ability to obtain one within ninety (90) days of employment. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No
* Describe your experience working with non-potable water supplies.
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe your irrigation system maintenance and repair experience.
(Open Ended Question)
* Please describe your work experience, including the brands and length of time, with irrigation controllers. If you do not have this experience, please indicate so.
(Open Ended Question)
* This position requires you to have a Valid Texas Class C Driver License. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have experience in the maintenance and repair of irrigation systems.
  • Limited
  • Experienced
  • Extensive experience
  • Extensive experience plus supervised staff in the maintenance and repair of irrigation systems
  • None
* Describe your technical and management experience in the maintenance and repair of irrigation systems.
(Open Ended Question)
* This position is responsible for overseeing the installation and inspection of in-ground irrigation systems. Describe your related experience.
(Open Ended Question)
* How would you describe your grounds keeping experience to include mowing, raking and mulching leaves, pruning, removing debris, operating irrigation systems and other landscaping activities?
  • Basic
  • Experienced in some areas, but not all
  • Experienced in most areas
  • Highly experienced in all areas and can train others
* Please describe your education and experience in developing landscape construction drawings, writing specifications, managing installation of vegetation, irrigation and generating graphic renderings for proposed designs.
(Open Ended Question)
* If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background check (CBI)?
  • Yes
  • No

Optional & Required Documents
Required Documents Cover Letter Resume Optional Documents