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Irrigation Technician

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Boulder, Colorado

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Classified Staff



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Job Summary

Outdoor Services encourages applications for Irrigation Technician! During the growing season, this position exists to maximize irrigation systems by monitoring, troubleshooting and repairing existing systems. Assisting with snow removal and/or irrigation system improvement projects are a focus.

Who We Are

Facilities Management at the University of Colorado Boulder provides and maintains a physical environment that promotes the advancement and transfer of knowledge. Outdoor Services provides high quality, professional grounds, and landscape services to enhance a safe, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally conscious campus. Our campus' architecture and grounds are considered to be among the most attractive and progressive in the world.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Irrigation System 
  • Perform Irrigation, Maintenance, and Installation on the campus irrigation system.
  • Perform walk-throughs as efficiently as possible for inspection on the irrigation systems to ensure proper head performance and coverage. 
  • Repair heads, valves, wiring, controllers, lateral pipe and mainline as needed. 
  • Determine the best routing on campus for irrigation walk-throughs to improve efficiency as well as the type of sprinkler head to install and what type of nozzle is installed in the head and evaluate zone coverage and recommend locations for new heads to be added.
  • Participate in irrigation system improvement projects.
Ditch Maintenance 
  • Conduct cleaning of debris at the headgates of the Anderson and Smith Goss ditches to maintain accurate flow for pond replenishment. 
  • Assist with chart recording and digital meter readings to account for amounts of water used through the ditches and pump stations.
  • Monitor pond levels and future weather patterns to ensure that the ponds always have an adequate amount of water in them for the evening irrigation. Changes may need to be applied to the headgates to facilitate the amount of water needed in different situations. The headgates will typically be cleaned once a day including weekends.
  • During the irrigation season, there may be rainstorms that cause a high debris load in the main ditch which will need to be addressed by possibly cleaning the headgates more than once a day to maintain flow requirements. Occasionally assessment of the ditch is needed to help determine the need to have the ditch jetted or cleaned by an outside vendor.
Snow and Ice Removal
  • Remove snow and ice from streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and curbs. Apply sand/salt or Anti-icing chemical mixture using various equipment within the Outdoor Services department.
  • During a snowstorm, this position may operate a variety of equipment including shovels, snow blowers, small tractors, utility vehicles, and plow trucks. The employee will have to determine what areas need ice treatment and how much or what kind of ice treatment will need to be applied.
  • The employee may have a situation where a call is received about an area where ice or snow may be of concern for the safety of the public. The employee will need to be able to respond to the situation in a timely manner and take care of the situation independently of supervisor input.
Work Vehicle Maintenance
  • Schedule and request vehicle maintenance with campus motor pool to perform minor maintenance on FM vehicles and equipment, and coordinate as appropriate with outdoor services mechanic for other equipment repairs. Maintain a constant supply of vehicle stock material for irrigation repairs as necessary.
  • Maintain irrigation vehicle including monthly vehicle inspections and any service needed. This includes keeping up with maintenance on a monthly basis, being aware of the vehicle and noticing any problem that may arise between monthly inspections. As irrigation repairs are conducted, the employee needs to keep track of parts used on the job and know what needs to be replenished to keep the vehicle stock at an appropriate level. During regular usage, there may be a problem with vehicle. The employee will need to coordinate with the transportation center or outdoor services mechanic to set up an appointment for it to be checked out and repairs done as needed.
  • The employee will adhere to the safety guidelines and policies created by Human Resources, Facilities management safety committee, the Outdoor services safety group, and industry-standard methodologies.
  • Proper personal protective equipment (PPE) is mandatory when performing certain tasks, such as operating mowers, trenchers, or tractors. Gloves, ear protection, steel-toed boots, and eye protection will be provided by the Outdoor services. It is the employee's responsibility to wear the appropriate PPE when operating such equipment. The employee must be aware of their surroundings when operating equipment.
  • Vehicles and pedestrians are ever-present on campus. The employee must be aware of their surroundings and stop operations to allow others to pass. The employee will determine in the field if the area(s) have too much foot traffic, vehicle traffic, or pedestrian gatherings to continue operations or if they should move to the next area and resume operations. Irrigation Manager can be contacted for guidance.
Call Backs
  • In this essential services position, the employee may be required to respond to after-hours emergency issues, such as snow/ice removal; pump station; irrigation mainline; sprinkler zones; ditches; Lynx irrigation computer; radio communication system or other job-related situations.
  • The employee must troubleshoot a water leak and make a decision whether to ball valve of a zone, isolate the main break, or shut down the pump station. Occasionally a response is required late at night in the dark which can pose a challenge to troubleshooting and finding valves. The employee will determine the proper resolution and may need to reference irrigation maps for mainline and valve locations.
  • May perform miscellaneous grounds duties when needed. Some examples include: branch pick up after a storm, grounds support for graduation that could require running a blower, placing mulch in beds, running a string trimmer, etc.
  • he employee may need to seek guidance with unfamiliar tasks for proper procedures and safety protocol.
  • There may be unique challenges with miscellaneous duties or infrequent tasks that may require guidance from supervisors, for example, areas or situations where a blower or string trimmer shouldn’t be used and/or which vehicle to use while hauling branches, etc.

What We Can Offer

Anticipated Starting Salary is $41,498.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Be Groundbreaking. Be Inspired. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • One year of irrigation inspection, maintenance & repair experience.
  • Must be a current Colorado resident.

What You Will Need

  • Work individually as well as on a team. 
  • Ability to read and decipher irrigation maps and plans.

What We Would Like You To Have

One year of grounds care and maintenance, greenhouse, or plant nursery general labor work experience appropriate to the job assignment.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether full time or part-time work. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 
3. DD-214 for veteran applicants. 
a. Qualified veterans are eligible for veteran’s preference points within the State classified system. If you are a veteran and would like to have your DD214 evaluated to determine your eligibility for preference points, please attach a copy of your DD214 to this posting. If you do not wish to upload a DD214, please email a copy to Recruiting@Colorado.Edu or send via fax at 303-492-4693 and reference the job to which you are applying.
4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts. 

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by February 26, 2020 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@Colorado.Edu

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.