Irrigation Maintenance Worker II

Recruitment #18-A47-001


Do you enjoy working outdoors and take pride in beautifying parks and other public areas in the City of Ventura?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for an Irrigation Maintenance Worker II vacancy on our innovative parks team in the Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department.  To be considered for this rewarding opportunity, apply online at by the 10/28/2018 filing deadline!

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Under general supervision performs semi-skilled and skilled work in the installation, maintenance and repair of a variety of automatic and manual irrigation systems. Responsible for installing and testing Backflow Prevention Devices as required.

Incumbent may be required to work stand-by on rotational basis and report to work on a callback basis as needed within a designated time frame.  Standby assignment is at the discretion of the Division Head.


  • Takes pride in beautifying City parks, beaches, and sportsfields.
  • Works well in highly visible areas and is able to interact courteously with the public.
  • Has a strong work ethic, "can-do" attitude, and can get the job done with little instruction.
  • Has substantial experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of automatic and manual irrigation systems.
  • Is organized and detail-oriented.
  • Has a valid Backflow Prevention Device Tester certificate.

    Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    Installs, maintains and repairs automatic and manual irrigation systems.  Maintains and repairs decorative fountains, drinking fountains and associated pumps, motors and filters.

    Inspects new and proposed park developments to ensure proper layout of irrigation system; as required make recommendations to the Parks Supervisor and /or Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department for modifications and/or changes.

    Performs maintenance and repair on sprinkler heads, valves and related equipment. 

    Maintains and conducts minor repair on electronic controller boxes to ensure proper functioning; may be required to lay conduit and connect wiring from main source to controller. 

    Maintains tools and equipment as required.  Operates mechanical and manual equipment incidental to the installation and maintenance of irrigation systems.

    Performs groundskeeping and related duties as required.


    Knowledge of:  proper maintenance of a variety of automatic and manual irrigation systems including all component parts (e.g. valves, controller, heads, etc.);  installation, maintenance and repair of backflow prevention devices; turf, soil, fertilizer and landscape maintenance.

    Ability to:  read and interpret blueprints; work effectively with plastic, copper and galvanized pipe; follow oral and written instructions; test and maintain backflow prevention devices.


    License:  Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record is required.

    Certificate:  Possession of a valid Backflow Prevention Device Tester certificate is required within six months of employment.


    A combination of training and experience equivalent to graduation from high school and three years of experience in landscape maintenance with substantial experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of a variety of automatic and manual irrigation systems.


    Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles will be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

    Deferred Compensation: $442 per year will be matched in a Section 457 Plan.

    Medical/Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly toward a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

    Vision Insurance:  City paid coverage provided for employees and their dependents. Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

    Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available. 

    Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee’s annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

    Disability Insurance:  City paid short-term and long-term disability coverage. 

    Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

    Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

    Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

    Annual Leave: 3 weeks per year, increasing to 5 weeks after 15 years service, for vacation and sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

    Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year. 

    Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

    Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution and after completion of probationary period.

    Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

    Flexible Workweek:  A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions

    Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

    Selection Plan

    Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

    Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

    Department Selection Interview
    A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in November 2018, date to be determined.



    The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

    In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: