Irrigation Specialist

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Position Information

Job TitleIrrigation SpecialistDepartmentFE&P GroundskeepingFull Time/Part TimeFull-TimeRequisition NumberS20107Open Date09/16/2019Close Date10/14/2019Salary Information

$12.00 – $15.53/hour

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Benefits EligibleYesEligible for OvertimeYesPosition Summary

The Rice Grounds team of thirty-plus professionals maintains our 300-acre tree-lined campus while creating 1st impressions. We support the university’s mission of teaching and research through our effective and innovative stewardship of the campus landscape. The irrigation specialist performs installation, maintenance and repair of manual, automatic and computerized irrigation systems and related components, completes inspections and audits, and provides essential support to our zone maintenance groundskeepers and other broadcast maintenance specialists. Success in this role requires a commitment to teamwork, constant improvement, and dedication to first-class customer service “with no upper limit.”

Education RequiredHS Diploma or equivalentMajor/DisciplineSubstitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education PreferredExperience Required2 yearsType of Experience

Related experience with irrigation system installation, operation, maintenance and repairs.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

- Five years of on-the-job experience with irrigation installation, operation, and maintenance
- Experience programming “smart” controllers

License/Certification Required

TCEQ irrigation license required or the ability to obtain the license in 12 months.

License/Certification Preferred

- Valid Texas Driver’s License (or ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment) required with no more than three moving violations or at fault accidents within the past 36 months and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the last five years

Skills Required

- Knowledge of irrigation systems
- Dependability
- Ability to follow instructions
- Good knowledge of ground maintenance
- Knowledge of proper equipment use and maintenance

Skills Preferred

- Knowledge of irrigation design
- Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Internal / External Contacts

Internal Contacts: The incumbent will have frequent contact with university staff, faculty, and students.

External Contacts: The incumber will have periodic contact with public outside the University.

Physical Demands

Must be able to lift loads no greater than 50 lbs. Must be able to climb stairs, ladders, scaffolding, and work around confined areas with piping and wiring obstructions, as needed, to access equipment. Requires moderate to heavy physical activity, including bending, stooping, climbing, balancing, standing, and walking up to eight hours per day. Occasionally required to enter utility tunnels and confined spaces.

Working Conditions

- Requires working in an outdoor environment under harsh conditions regularly
- Some overtime or flexibility in scheduling is necessary to meet deadlines
- This position is considered essential during a campus emergency; the incumbent in this position is expected to report to campus, provide the essential services designated and work under the overall direction of the Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency

Security SensitiveYes Special Instructions to ApplicantsQuick Link for Posting Job Duties

Job Duty NameEssential FunctionsDescription of Job Duty

- Assists with sprinkler system installation
- Repairs and replaces pumps, main feeder and lateral lines, PVC pipes, sprinkler heads, radio controlled valves and controls, and electronically controlled water sensors
- Replaces low voltage wiring
- Sets and updates watering schedule for sprinkler system; completes sprinkler system preventative maintenance program
- Monitors grounds during special events to insure protection of system; reports grounds condition and water or plant losses due to system malfunction
- Operates snow removal equipment
- Supports water conservation efforts
- Keeps abreast of current trends in irrigation systems by reviewing publications and attending lectures and conferences
- Performs all other duties assigned

Job Duties

Job Duty NameJob Specific FunctionsDescription of Job Duty

- Creates coverage diagrams for every controller station and updates irrigation drawings
- Maintains inventory of all systems on campus and other record keeping as required
- Collaborates with plumbers, landscape architects, engineers, and others to design and install new irrigation systems
- Analyzes and repairs electric controllers, control wires, and valve solenoids
- Responds rapidly to address emergency leaks or other repairs
- Reads diagrams and blueprints in order to troubleshoot
- Programs irrigation controllers for proper operation times in accordance with seasonal factors, plant needs, sustainability goals and city regulations
- Installs, inspects and maintains rain sensors and other electronics as required
- Adapts to changes in seasonal work load by filling in with other Grounds personnel as assigned by supervisor

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
    Optional Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume
    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent?
      • Yes
      • No
    2. * Do you have two years of related experience with irrigation system installation, operation, maintenance, and repairs?
      • Yes
      • No
    3. * Do you have a current TCEQ irrigation license required or the ability to obtain the license within 12 months of hire?
      • Yes
      • No
    4. * Do you possess (or have ability to obtain within 30 days of hire) and maintain a valid Texas driver's license?
      • Yes
      • No
    5. * Have you had four or more moving violations and/or at fault accidents in the past three years?
      • Yes
      • No
    6. * Do you have any convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past five years?
      • Yes
      • No




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