County of Alameda

Irrigation Specialist (HARD) (#1131H)

Bargaining Unit: ( )
$31.39-$38.54 Hourly / $2,511.20-$3,083.20 BiWeekly /
$5,440.93-$6,680.27 Monthly / $65,291.20-$80,163.20 Yearly

Under general supervision, to perform a wide variety of duties to improve and maintain the efficient operation and maintenance of the District's irrigation systems; and to perform related duties as required.


This single position class installs, maintains and repairs irrigation systems at District parks and facilities.  This is accomplished by performing maintenance tasks including inspecting, auditing, diagnosing, and repairing irrigation systems.  The Irrigation Technician works individually or in crews while utilizing initiative and sound judgement in planning and scheduling.  They may work from plans, use a variety of power tools and equipment such as electrical saws, drills, pumps, and hand tools.  This work requires significant knowledge and skills related to irrigation installation and maintenance, and use of centralized programmable irrigation systems.  Work is reviewed under supervision of Parks Supervisor.

NOTE: The list of duties and functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification.  They are not listed in any order of importance.  The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

1.  Responsible for the design, repair, preventative maintenance, records and implementation of all components of the irrigation system including mechanical, electrical and computer systems.
2.  Performs calculations using flow rate, pipe size, pressure and other necessary data to properly size irrigation system components.
3.  Programs, monitors, runs reports and enters data into computer central control systems.
4.  Positions and sizes irrigation heads appropriately and correctly in relation to grade, curb, walls, and windows.
5.  Conducts regular system inspections and performs trouble-shooting exercises; uses data from centralized irrigation system to manage breaks and plant health.
6.  Trains maintenance employees in irrigation repair and use of centralized systems.
7.  Records changes in irrigation system component routings or locations on the working copy of the system as-built drawings.
8.  Checks irrigation systems daily for leeks, standing water, excessive runoff and dry areas.
9.  Responsible for the installation and proper use of time clocks that operate irrigation systems.
10. Inspects and maintains equipment to assure standards of safety are maintained and reports any issues to the supervisor immediately.
11. Reports any irregularities in plant material and turf decline or quality and recommend appropriate changes to irrigation systems to address.
12. Ensures a pleasant visit for each guest; maintains effective guest relations.
13. Performs special projects delegated by management.
14. May compile and submit reports and records on conditions of all systems.
15. Implements best practices and regulations governing irrigation with recycled water.
16. Reports unsafe work conditions, or practices to the supervisor immediately.

A combination of training and experience which demonstrates that a person has obtained the required knowledge and is able to perform the required work (with reasonable accommodation, if needed).  A person with the following combined training and experience would typically qualify to compete in a selection process:


The equivalent of four (4) years of full time experience in the grounds maintenance field, specifically maintaining irrigation systems for parks, golf courses and facilities.


Valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license and a good driving record.


Association CLIA Certification preferred or must be attained within the first year of employment.

Special Requirement:

Must be available to work evenings and weekends.

NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of the examination.

NOTE:  The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Example of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:
  • The route care of irrigation systems and field maintenance.
  • Tools and equipment used for irrigation systems maintenance work.
  • Programming and adjusting of irrigation clocks and central control systems.
  • Proper weed abatement techniques and proper safety precautions for handling chemicals.
  • Components of plant and turf health including signs of distress, effect of weather and impact of users.
  • Best practices for irrigation use of recycled water.
Ability to:
  • Follow written and oral instructions.
  • Read, write and clearly speak effectively.
  • Learn and utilize new computerized central irrigation programs and be able to maximize their effectiveness in water management.
  • Exhibit a high customer service priority.
  • Establish and maintain open and honest communications with co-workers and the general public.
  • Within OSHA guidelines, withstand periods of physical expose to the presence of fumes, odors, dust and pollen without incapacitating adverse effect.
  • Safely transport, lift and handle bulky objects weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Resolve irrigation idiosyncrasies unique to District facilities.
  • Diagnose problems with electrical meters and pumps; necessary repairs and adjustments to maintain all systems in proper working conditions.
  • Install time clocks that operate irrigation systems.
  • Maintain records and submit reports on conditions of all irrigation systems.
  • Work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and evenings, as required.
  • Interpret irrigation plans.
  • Inventory parts, supplies and equipment of irrigation systems.
  • Install valve program for irrigation systems.
  • Operate various pieces of maintenance equipment.
  • Perform heavy manual labor for extended periods, often under hot and humid conditions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and other employees.
  • Operate the Districts vehicle and possess the required license.
  • Prioritize irrigation repairs based on established District priorities.
  • Plan and organize work.

New Spec 1131H
AM:ah 11/01/18
CSC Date: 12/05/18