Maintenance Irrigation Specialist - FT

Maintenance/Parks · Vallejo, California
Department Maintenance/Parks
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $31.19 - $37.92

The Greater Vallejo Recreation District invites applications for:


This position will be open until filed. Applicants should plan for the following tentative dates for this recruitment and the interview process:

6/1/2022 - start reviewing applicants

6/7/2022 - tentative date for first round of in person-interviews, candidates should plan for 3 hour interview that will include a testing exercise and oral interview panel

6/15/2022 - tentative date for second round of in-person interviews, candidates should plan for 2 hour interview that will include a testing exercise oral interview panel

6/17/2022 If needed, this will be the date for a final interview round, candidates would plan for a 1 hour oral interview panel

Position: Irrigation Specialist                                    Department: Maintenance

Job Opening Date: February 25, 2022                    Location:  Vallejo, CA

Deadline for applying:  ASAP                                   Position Type:  Full-time

Pay Range: $31.19 - $37.92


The Greater Vallejo Recreation District is a Special Service District that has been serving area residents for over sixty years. As a Special Service District, GVRD operates as a separate government agency from the City of Vallejo. GVRD manages 407 acres of public park space including 20 neighborhood parks, 10 community parks, 6 special purpose parks, and Olympic-size swimming pool and 4 community centers.  GVRD maintains over 1,000 acres of public land. 


GVRD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors. With 30 plus full time and approximately 155 part-time and seasonal employees, GVRD operates on a 2019-2020 fiscal year budget of $7.9 million for general fund operations and Measure K funding amounting to $2.2 million.  The Measure K funding is being utilized to purchase necessary equipment, improve parks, facilities.


This position is responsible for fixing broken irrigation, installing new irrigation, and irrigation clocks, assisting in the management of a budget for irrigation, ordering parts for equipment and repair equipment, and working with vendors in the installation and troubleshooting of irrigation clocks . 

This is a lead & technical journey level class in the Parks series. Incumbents are responsible for ensuring that District irrigation systems are properly maintained and operating at peak efficiency.  Incumbents in this position contribute to the design, perform the installation, modification and maintenance of irrigation and sprinkler systems in parks and other properties owned and operated by the Greater Vallejo Recreation District.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

  • Repairs, replaces, adjusts, assesses, modifies, and performs preventative maintenance on sprinkler systems, components, and automatic controllers
  • Programs, adjusts, and repairs automatic irrigation systems. Cleans out irrigation lines and valves.
  • Designs, draws, and installs irrigation systems.
  • Assembles and installs a variety of metal and non-metal pipes and fittings. Tests pipe systems for leaks.
  • Work with 110/120 volt wiring and low voltage irrigation specific electrical systems.
  • Perform calculations to assure correct ratios of pipe nozzle size to water pressure output per irrigation demand.
  • Makes labor and material estimates for repairs. Orders equipment and supplies.
  • Respond to emergency requests for irrigation repair during and after work hours.
  • Assists in the regulatory or required construction inspection of irrigation system installations.
  • Prepares and presents an annually water conservation plan.
  • Reviews and interprets project scope, work plan, and specifications. Reads blueprints, schematics, and shop drawings.
  • Adheres to established safety regulations and precautions related to all work performed
  • Maintains log for daily reports.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Receives general supervision and direction from higher level Parks management.
  • Exercises functional and technical lead duties over lower level Parks staff. .


This area describes the personal interaction with others outside direct reporting relationships as well as the impact the job has on GVRD, the department or unit objectives, the output of services, or employee or public satisfaction.

  • Interactions may result in decisions regarding implementation of policies. Contact may involve support of controversial positions or the negotiation of sensitive issues or important presentations. Contacts may involve stressful, negative interactions with the public requiring high levels of tact and the ability to respond to aggressive interpersonal interactions. The impact the job has on GVRD is limited in terms of time, money, or public/employee relations.


This section describes the accountability and participation if any, as it relates to the fiscal accountability within department or assigned area(s) of responsibility.

  • Position has limited fiscal responsibility. May assist in the collection of data in support of recommendations for departmental budget allocations. May monitor division or program/promotional level budget and expenditures.


Required Education and Experience

  • High School diploma or G.E.D. equivalency
  • A minimum of three (3) years' experience assisting in the irrigation installation and equipment repair with the District as a Maintenance Worker I/II-Parks or a minimum of three (3) years’ experience with irrigation installation and equipment. For incumbents in lower classifications within the series seeking promotion, at least two years’ experience as a Parks Maintenance Worker II or equivalent.
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities

Required Licenses or Certifications

  • Possession of a valid Class C California driver’s license.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain water auditor certification upon hire or as soon as administratively possible.
  • Possession of a Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC)


Knowledge of:

  • English grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Principles and practices of basic bookkeeping
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment
  • Characteristics and qualities of products of major manufactures of irrigation system parts
  • Electric, automatic, and manual sprinkler system installation, maintenance, and repair
  • Irrigation systems and basic hydraulics as related to flow rates, pipe sizes, and water pressure
  • Use of power and hand tools and other irrigation maintenance equipment
  • Blueprints, schematics, and shop drawings.
  • Basic electronics as applicable to irrigation system controls and controllers
  • Landscape plant identification and maintenance practices
  • Operational characteristics of mechanical equipment and tools used in parks and grounds maintenance and construction
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices

Skill in:

  • Interpersonal skills necessary to develop and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships
  • Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature
  • Performing basic mathematical functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, and ratios
  • Leadership

Ability to:

  • Meet schedules and deadlines of the work
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Accurately organize and maintain paper documents and electronic files
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries
  • Troubleshoot irrigation and sprinkler system maintenance problems
  • Estimate labor and materials, order equipment, parts and supplies
  • Use sprinkler system tools and materials competently and safely
  • Draw and design irrigation systems
  • Read and interpret blueprints, schematics, and shop drawings
  • Maintain written records
  • Follow oral and written directions
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards and requires heavy physical effort. Majority of work performed outside or with exposure to risk. Incumbents may be required to exert up to up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly having to move objects. The intent for the Leads was to acknowledge that their exposure would be reduced due to the core competencies of their day-to-day functions.

FLSA:            Non-exempt




Oral Examination and writing assessment may be required if selected for initial interview.


GVRD will consider applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the position and who have provided all requested application materials for an interview.

GVRD reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, cover letter, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions.


Selected candidate will be required to successfully complete pre-employment background check including fingerprint check and reference check.  

Other requirements:

  • Proof of legal right to work in the U.S.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

GVRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawful discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age or sexual orientation or military status of such person.


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  • Location
    Vallejo, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $31.19 - $37.92