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UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden: Grounds & Landscape Services team (Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship)-Irrigation Specialist-Tue, 09/20/2022 - 8:07pm

Irrigation Specialist


UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden: Grounds & Landscape Services team (Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship)
One Shields Avenue
Davis , CA 95616
United States
California US

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Job Description 

Under the supervision of the Grounds Supervisor of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, responsible for performing all general maintenance and repair of campus irrigation
systems including mainlines and quick couplers. Plan irrigation system modifications and assist supervisors and others in installing new irrigation systems and components. Perform other duties to fulfill division goals and objectives.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Complete work order requests working from detailed plans, drawings, sketches and oral direction. Maintain and repair campus landscape sprinkler irrigation systems including quick coupler devices and piping from the point of connection off of the utility water
mains. Diagnose problems, adjust programs to meet plant and turf requirements. Perform routine inspections of field conditions to ensure safety and landscape vigor. Perform preventative maintenance. Repair irrigation and utility water systems as necessary.
Excavate and backfill by hand, backhoes and other equipment as directed.

Plan irrigation system modifications and assist supervisors and others in installing new irrigation systems. Select types of irrigation components, estimate cost, and install or modify sprinkler systems; review landscape areas and coordinate the installation of new
irrigation systems. Prepare sketches or plans to show location of all underground components of irrigation system and ancillary fixtures. Program computerized central irrigation system and mechanical irrigation controllers. Coordinate the implementation of
central irrigation adjustments on a daily basis in support of events or work projects.

Provide written and/or oral feedback for work completed and work in progress including work tracking, inventory needs, field problems, customer service problems, safety concerns. Communicate with Grounds Division staff, clients, campus community and contractors to facilitate maintenance, repair and proper operation of campus irrigation systems.
Mark underground irrigation systems for Underground Service Alert requests initiated by on-line web-based programs. Perform other duties assigned by the Grounds Division Manager or immediate supervisor.

Education and Experience 



Experience performing the operations, services and activities of an irrigation system maintenance and repair program.
Experience in the operation of a variety of light and some heavy equipment including hydraulics and small engine equipment, both gas and diesel.
Experience in operating a variety of hand tools.
Skills in the methods, techniques, tools and materials used in the installation, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of landscaped irrigation systems.
Working knowledge of the operational characteristics of electrical systems related to landscape irrigation.
Knowledge of hazards and safety precautions common to irrigation system installation and maintenance.


Working knowledge of planting and maintaining turf, water schedules and fertilizers.
Skill to read and understand blueprints and maintain simple records.


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks. This position is subject to the California Department of Motor Vehicles Pull Notice System. This position requires a Pre-Employment Physical.

The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy ( covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.

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Application Instructions 

1. Go to:
2. Under "Staff Jobs" click "Search Jobs"
3. Type keyword "irrigation" and check "UC Davis"
4. Click "Search"

Full Name 
Carmia Feldman