Parks and Recreation Department

Recruitment #2209-3051-002



The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a highly qualified, dedicated, team-oriented

Trade Specialist - Irrigation

to assist with maintaining and repairing equipment at Parks & Recreation facilities.

General Description

The Parks and Recreation Trade Specialist -  Irrigator installs, maintains, and repairs equipment at City facilities, including chlorination systems, and plumbing and irrigation systems. 

This position requires on-call work after-hours, weekends, and holidays for emergencies

Essential Functions

Install, maintain, and repair various types of pipe and tubing; weld PVC and ABS pipe; solder copper pipe; cut, ream, and thread steel pipe; cut and repair concrete, asbestos, clay, ductile or steel pipe

Installs, diagnoses, and repairs drip and sprinkler irrigation systems including emitters, sprinklers, valves, wires, controllers and related equipment

Program, troubleshoot and diagnose all types of controllers including computerized central-based, digital, mechanical, battery, and solar

Install, maintain, and repair low voltage, sensor, and communication wires

Operate light to medium excavating equipment including backhoes, trenchers, loaders, plows and various equipment

Perform blue stake functions including calling in blue stake requests, tracking, marking, and pot-holing lines

Perform related construction duties and maintains necessary records

Ability to utilize computers and electrical control units for the use of automated irrigation systems and electronic work order systems

Ability to communicate effectively with others in various capacities including supervisors, coworkers, and public; both verbally and in writing

Prepare activity reports and orders and maintains inventory of tools, parts, and equipment

Project, plan, and organize repair and maintenance schedule

Provide customer service through researching and responding to questions and concerns from user groups and the general public

This position may require on-call status after-hours, weekends, and holidays work for emergencies

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of experience in pruning, trimming, transplanting, and treating trees and shrubs, or installing and maintaining irrigation systems, or maintaining and repairing facilities and equipment, or maintaining pools and aquatics equipment.

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held: the week of October 24, 2022

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Eligibility  List. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your oral board interview

Selection Interviews may be conducted post Civil Service Eligibility List by the hiring manager.

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Eligibility List that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native Americans, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Eligibility List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must present your documentation at the Oral Board Interviews. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicated characterization of service. 

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodations during the testing process, please contact Sandra Fata, HR Analyst at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification. All inquiries should be directed to the email listed below.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

75 LB Lift Test

Unless Aquatic Maintenance Specialist, Construction Maintenance Specialist, or Tree Steward, then:

CDL Physical

NIDA Drug Test

If Aquatics then, also:

Respirator Physical

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.