Irrigation Technician

City of Glendale, CA - Glendale, CA4.3

The Position

Classifications in this occupational series perform skilled work in general repair and maintenance of irrigation systems, including sprinklers, main lines, lateral lines, irrigation controllers, and backflow prevention devices. This is the entry level classification in the Irrigation Technician Series.

Essential functions of the job include, but are not limited to, the following:
Inspects, maintains, adjusts, installs, repairs and replaces irrigation systems and components using hand or power tools by laying, removing, replacing or repairing pipes, valves, sprinkler heads and irrigation clocks.

Reads and interprets blueprints, diagrams and schematics, uses probes and digs areas to locate, install or repair irrigation lines.

Programs irrigation controllers and provides input regarding watering schedules.

Builds forms, mixes and pours cement to establish, repair, and/or secure close base structures.

Orders, stores and maintains parts, tools, supplies and equipment.

Prepares and maintains work logs, records and reports.

Locates, replaces and repairs low voltage underground irrigation wiring. Troubleshoots and repairs or replaces backflow prevention devices.

Interfaces with other City departments to implement irrigation system projects. Drives City truck to work locations in outlying City facilities.

Loads and unloads heavy materials and moves heavy furnishings and other equipment.

Ensures Department services are provided with exceptional customer service and the highest level of ethical standards.

Assumes responsibility for ensuring the duties of the position are performed in a safe, efficient manner.

Performs other related duties as assigned or as the situation requires.

Minimum Requirements
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of:
Computerized and solar powered Irrigation systems, components, maintenance and repair. Plumbing and pipe fitting techniques.

Knowledge of and skill in:
Basic mathematical computations. Exceptional customer service practices.
Hand and power tool use and operation, including the use of voltage meters and remote control units.
Safety practices in the operation of power tools and equipment.

Skill in:
Making independent judgments and decisions based on standard section policy or procedures.

Ability to:
Develop necessary skills from on-the-job training and meet the standards of performance for the classification by the end of the probationary period.
Establish and maintain smooth and effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers and the general public and effectively resolve interpersonal conflicts.
Exercise judgment and discretion in problem situations. Foster a teamwork environment.
Lift, move and unload heavy materials and equipment.
Listen attentively to retain and follow detailed verbal and written instructions. Model and practice the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Provide clear work instruction.
Provide exceptional customer service to those utilizing the Community Services and Parks Department services.
Read blueprints, diagrams and schematics. Program irrigation controllers.
Read, write, communicate effectively and comprehend directions in English.
Repair, troubleshoot and install irrigation systems. Operate hand and power tools.
Walk, stand and kneel for prolonged periods of time. Write simple reports.

Other Characteristics

Willingness to:
Assume responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment.
Work overtime as requested.

Two years of recent, paid work experience performing maintenance and repair of irrigation systems.

Graduation from high school or attainment of GED or CHSPE certificate.

Valid Class C California driver's license.

An equivalent combination of experience, education and/or training may substitute for the listed minimum requirements.

Selection Process
The examination will consist of an evaluation, a written and/or performance (pass/fail) and an oral (100%). All applications, resumes and submitted reference materials will be reviewed and evaluated and only the best-qualified candidates based on applicable experience will be invited to the oral examination. Any evaluation will be based on the candidate's education and experience as related to the position. Any examination will be to evaluate the candidate's education, experience, knowledge and skills for the position. The City of Glendale reserves the right to modify the above stated examination components and/or weights. Should this be necessary, the candidates will be notified of the specific examination components and weights prior to the administration of any examination. TIME AND PLACE OF THE EXAMINATION WILL BE ANNOUNCED. The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including LiveScan fingerprinting. The City of Glendale conforms with State and Federal obligations to make reasonable accommodation for applicants and employees with disabilities. The Human Resources Department asks that it be advised of special needs at least five days prior to the first test part so that a reasonable accommodation may be made. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an express or implied contract. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the City of Glendale requires that all new employees provide documentation to establish both work authorization and identity.