Irrigation Specialist

Apr 28, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Irrigation Specialist

MiraCosta College

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Discipline or Department: Facilities

Position Type: Staff/Classified

Hourly Rate or Monthly Salary: Starting $4,359.58 per month

Working Hours: One regular, full-time position, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year, on the Oceanside campus. The work schedule will be Monday through Thursday, 5:30 AM - 4:00 PM. The person selected for this position will be subject to assignment to any district or authorized facility during any hours of operation.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Apply and submit application materials through MiraCosta College's online application system at Once you are in the system, we strongly advise you to read the information on "How to Apply" and the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) before starting the application process.

In order to be considered for position, you must submit the following documents directly in the online system and finish applying and receive a confirmation number by 11:59 PM on the closing date as well as pass the mandatory IRRIGATION SPECIALIST TEST to be given on FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM, in ROOMS 3102 and 3103 on the Oceanside campus at One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056. Applicants should allow approximately two hours for the testing process. NOTE: A visitor parking permit is required and can be obtained at the Campus Police Office, Bldg. 1100.

1. Application for classified employment on which you list all relevant experience.

2. Cover letter addressed to the "Screening and Interview Committee" specifically describing how you meet the desirable qualifications and the representative duties. List the course work you have taken in horticulture, landscaping (construction, management, design, irrigation, etc.), or a related field - be sure to indicate the course title; where you took the course; and the number of units or hours completed for the course.

3. Current resume summarizing your educational background and experience.

4. If applicable/available, photocopy of your Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicator License (QAL). If you have the higher level QAL this also meets the QAC requirement for this position.

5. If applicable/available, transcripts of course work in horticulture, landscaping (construction, management, design, irrigation, etc.), or a related field (unofficial or legible photocopies are acceptable), or photocopy of relevant certificates.

NOTE: Do not submit any additional documents as they will be removed.

NOTE: When you "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING," you will eventually be asked to answer the additional question(s) listed below. Your answers will appear toward the bottom of the application form.

- MiraCosta College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. Describe your own commitment to diversity and how you will meet the minimum qualifications of "sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic background of community college students."

- Do you have a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent? Yes or No.

- Do you have four years of related work experience in landscape irrigation or landscape construction? Yes or No. (NOTE: a "year" is defined as the equivalent to one year of full-time experience)

- If you answered yes to the previous question, please list the position title(s) and the details of your experience in landscape irrigation or landscape construction. If no, please type "N/A".

- Do you have a Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) or Qualified Applicator License (QAL) from the State of California, Department of Pesticide Regulations? Yes or No. The screening and interview committee will review application materials three to four weeks following the closing date. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone; those not selected for interview will be notified by e-mail once interview candidates have been scheduled.

Offer of employment to the person selected for this position is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a pre-placement physical exam at district expense; 2) submission of a current tuberculosis test clearance; 3) proof of eligibility to work in the United States; and 4) fingerprint clearance.

Individuals with qualified disabilities who need accommodation with any aspect of the application and/or interview process should contact Human Resources at 760.795.6854 at least five days prior to the closing date.

Retired STRS members are not eligible for these positions.

Basic Function and Other Details:
Under general supervision, perform a variety of journeyman level landscape construction and grounds maintenance work related to irrigation plumbing, irrigation electrical, irrigation system design, landscape and plant material design, landscape and irrigation installation, landscape carpentry, and landscape and irrigation maintenance; apply pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals to vegetation and grounds; operate a wide variety of power equipment and machinery; assist with event setup and cleanup; and perform related duties as assigned.

Representative Duties:
(E = essential job function)

1. Install, maintain, repair and troubleshoot all grounds irrigation systems; inspect and evaluate the operation of existing irrigation systems, irrigation controllers, irrigation mains, fire mains and fire hydrants and prioritize their maintenance; install, repair or modify existing valves, controllers, irrigation systems, irrigation electrical wiring, irrigation mains and laterals; utilize, amend or update existing irrigation blueprints as necessary; remain current on new irrigation technologies and software applications to ensure efficient and economical irrigation systems. (E)

2. Program irrigation controllers through either the centralized irrigation system or manually programming other controllers utilizing proper water-management skills and budgeting procedures according to evapo-transpiration (ET); maintain and operate the web-based centralized irrigation program including making all the computerized controller program changes to irrigation schedules utilizing the onsite weather stations; coordinate all irrigation scheduling around campus activities. (E)

3. Design, plan and install new landscape and irrigation projects maintaining proper flow, gallons per minute (GPM) and pounds per square inch (PSI) in any given area; perform journeyman level landscape installation and construction; evaluate soil and other relevant conditions. (E)

4. Assist with landscape maintenance as needed including irrigating, trimming, edging, aerating, mowing, fertilizing and renovating lawns and turfed areas; irrigate, feed, spray and cultivate around trees, shrubs and hedges; maintain grounds including weeding, raking and maintaining assigned areas in a clean, safe and orderly condition; assist with maintaining athletic fields and with refuse abatement. (E)

5. Coordinate with the Lead Groundskeeper to diagnose disease and pest conditions; spray landscaped areas with toxic herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides; prepare chemical mixtures in proper proportions; locate, trap and bait rodents; maintain accurate pesticide-use records according to federal, state and county regulations. (E)

6. Construct, repair, resurface and maintain concrete and asphalt walkways, curbs and ramps; mix and pour concrete; assist in planning, preparing and maintaining overflow parking areas. (E)

7. Maintain and assist in repairing tools, small power equipment, large construction and maintenance equipment and machinery; may design, fabricate and weld as needed. (E)

8. Maintain daily work records, hazardous-materials records and restricted pesticide-use records; maintain fuel-consumption records, parts and materials inventory and work orders; attend meetings; participate in safety training. (E)

9. Interface with contractors, vendors and architects during the design and installation of landscape projects as assigned.

10. Perform general duties such as installing traffic-control sign posts and setting up for campus events and outdoor classrooms as needed.

11. Provide work direction and guidance to gardeners/groundskeepers on an assigned project, student workers and San Diego County Probation Department workers as assigned.

12. Ensure the proper supplies are stored to maintain campus grounds; report supplies and parts that need to be ordered and/or requisition supplies and parts as designated.

13. Perform related duties as assigned.

Type of Benefits:
A full benefit package which includes employer-paid medical, dental, and vision plans for employee and dependents; $100,000 employee life insurance; other optional coverages; and membership in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

Minimum Qualifications:
To be eligible for this position, you must meet and provide evidence of the following minimum qualifications:

1. Passing score on Irrigation Specialist test (see details regarding the test location and time below in "Application Procedure" section); AND

2. High school diploma or the equivalent; AND

3. Four years of related work experience in landscape irrigation or landscape construction. (IMPORTANT: For work experience, one "year" is defined as equivalent to 40 hours per week for 12 months, or at least 2,080 hours)

Desirable Qualifications:
1. Coursework in horticulture, landscaping (construction, management, design, irrigation, etc.), or a related field. 2. Backhoe safety training and forklift safety training.

Licenses and Other Requirements: A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district's vehicle insurance program. Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a Qualified Applicator Certificate from the State of California, Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Closing Date: 5-18-2017

First Screening Date:

Human Resources Contact Information: or 760.795.6854

About MiraCosta College
The MiraCosta Community College District is one of California's 112 public community colleges. The district includes the communities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Olivenhain, Leucadia, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and parts of Carmel Valley.

MiraCosta offers associate degrees, university-transfer courses, career-and-technical education, certificate programs, basic-skills education, and lifelong-learning opportunities that strengthen the economic, cultural, social, and educational well-being of the communities it serves.

The district consists of three campus sites and a robust online education program. The Oceanside Campus, serving about 12,000 credit students, has been located since 1964 on a panoramic 121-acre hilltop site with views of the ocean and mountains. The San Elijo Campus is located in Cardiff, 17 miles south of Oceanside, on 48 acres below the bluffs overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon Reserve. The San Elijo Campus opened in September 1988, and now attracts about 3,000 credit students. The Community Learning Center in downtown Oceanside hosts about 4,000 students in the college's noncredit classes including English as a Second Language, the Adult High School Diploma Program, and other tuition-free, noncredit classes as well as some college credit classes.


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