Irrigation Specialist, Facilities Services (Non-Exempt)

Carson, California
The salary range for this classification is: $ 2,990 - $4,708 monthly.
Jun 09, 2017
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Position Information  

This is a full-time, permanent (probationary) position.  

Salary Range and Max Salary  

The application deadline is extended to: Monday, June 26, 2017.
The salary range for this classification is: $ 2,990 - $4,708 monthly.  

Conditions of Employment  

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required.  Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

Employment is contingent upon candidate passing a pre-employment physical exam with the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Due to the nature of this position, the successful candidate is required to complete a background check prior to assuming this position.  

Campus Marketing Statement  

California State University, Dominguez Hills, was established in 1960 and is one of the 23 campuses that comprise The California State University system.  CSU Dominguez Hills is an urban, comprehensive public university that serves a culturally rich, diverse student body of over 12,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Located on a 346-acre site in the South Bay portion of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, CSU Dominguez Hills has a highly pluralistic student body, which includes a significant number of non-traditional, working adult students as well as approximately 2,000 students enrolled in distance learning programs statewide.  The University, with its five Academic Colleges, has more than 300 full-time faculty members and is situated in an area characterized by an extraordinary heterogeneity of people, and an extensive array of high technology industries and professional services.  

Department Marketing Statement  

Department: Facilities Services

Physical Plant is responsible for the design, construction, upkeep, repair and maintenance of State owned and operated building space and grounds at the University, totaling in excess of 1,088,785 gross square feet of building space, including 346 acres of grounds, 60% in active use.  The mission is to provide an aesthetically appealing, well-maintained, safe and comfortable physical environment conducive to learning and work.  

Major Duties  

Under the immediate supervision of Associate Director and Manager of  grounds and landscape  services, maintains and repairs grounds irrigation piping, distribution and computerized systems.  Incumbent performs planning, cost estimating and installation of new systems; uses and operates trencher and other related equipment in the performance of duties; and does other related work as assigned.

**Physical Plant positions MAY require having the ability to safely move up to 50 pounds. 

**Some positions MAY require the use of motor vehicles such as a truck, tractor/skip loader, tractor/trencher, large & small fork lift  or electric cart which will require the successful candidate(s)  to have a valid driver's license. 

**The successful candidate(s) will be required to take and pass a physical exam.  


Minimum Qualifications: 
Preferred Education:  High School graduation or equivalent. Completed educational or vocational course work relating to the applied mechanical principals of irrigation irrigation systems equipment and designs is highly desirable.

Required Experience:  Two years experience in the care and maintenance of landscaped areas or general grounds, with one year of extensive maintenance, repair and modification of irrigation systems and irrigation equipment.

Preferred Experience:  Two year experience in the care of maintenance of landscaped in an institutional setting, with one year of extensive maintenance, repair and modification of a commercial or institutional automated irrigation systems.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of the soil conditions of the various areas of the campus; climate of the area in which the campus is located; and the mechanical principles of equipment.  General knowledge of the kinds of control devices and irrigation equipment available on the market.

Ability to plan, estimate costs, and install or modify irrigation systems for particular sections of the campus; repair and maintain existing irrigation systems; operate equipment, such as, small trench-diggers; provide lead work direction to others; and read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position.

Preferred Knowledge & Experience:
Two years experience in maintaining a commercial irrigation infrastructure including; thorough knowledge of the methods, materials, tools and equipment used in the maintenance, repair and installation of irrigation pipe lines, remote control valve, in-line isolation valves, low voltage direct burial wiring, surge pump systems, specialized automated control devices, and computerized automated water saving software systems.

Ability to read and interpret landscape irrigation blueprint drawings, plan legends and detailed specifications related to irrigation water supply lines and irrigation systems.

Ability to perform general service and repairs to timing devices, and components of irrigation control panels to insure the automated irrigation of the campus landscape.

Ability to schedule central computerized irrigation systems.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, faculty, students and others. Certificate in irrigation and landscape design.

Valid Drivers License.

Specialized Materials: The position activities may require the use of the following equipment, machinery, tools, vehicles or office equipment:
- Central computerized irrigation systems
- Progressive electronic equipment (valve locator, fault finder, wire detector).
- Tractor / skip loader, tractor / trencher, large & small fork lift.  


50% - Primary responsibility to maintain campus irrigation infrastructure, including: Inspects, services, repairs and maintains a preventive maintenance program for irrigation mainlines, lateral lines, irrigation heads, valves, automatic irrigation control devices and other related equipment.  Provides minor repairs on irrigation controls.  Provides help and direction to other grounds workers as they repair and maintain irrigation systems within their work area.

25% - Clears blockages from valves and pipes.  Performs manual and mechanical trenching, replace mainline valves and remote control valves; plan irrigation system; select types of irrigation equipment, estimate cost, and install or modify irrigation system; review landscaped areas and coordinator the installation of new sprinkler systems and the modification of existing irrigation systems, taking into consideration the vegetation, soil conditions and evaporation and water retention factors; may perform emergency repair work on irrigation systems.

5% - Interprets landscape and irrigation designs and makes changes on prints when necessary; prepare or revise sketches or plans to show location of pipes, valves, irrigation heads, and water pressure.

5% - Maintains records and reports for irrigation equipment, supply requisitions, inventory and costs.

10% - Serves occasionally as lead person overseeing the work of staff engaged in routine irrigation maintenance activities, work closely with contractors installing irrigation systems around new structures to assure proper irrigation capabilities of the system; may from time-to-time provide lead work direction to students.

5% - Performs occasionally Grounds Worker duties and drives automotive equipment when necessary.  

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Closing Statement  

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is an equal employment opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. The University actively encourages applications of all qualified individuals.

California State University Dominguez Hills is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.   For more information or definition of these terms please visit,

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771 or the Academic Affairs Personnel Services Office at (310) 243-3766.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at, or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

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