Irrigation Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
27 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

This work unit exists to anticipate the physical environment of the University by: administering and managing capital construction; space management; physical planning; maintenance, grounds, custodial services; solid waste removal; and utility services for the University to achieve its objectives of instruction, research and public service.

Position Summary

This position performs specialized grounds work by maintaining, repairing, installing, rebuilding and programming the university’s municipal computerized irrigation system.

Primary duties include: Install, replace, retrofit or repair all underground irrigation lines, sprinklers and valves. Maintain proper operation of pumping stations and filtration. Retrofit existing irrigation systems to accommodate new construction or various landscape/hardscape changes. Program and operate irrigation controllers and central computer. Must be available for snow removal as needed.

This position must be able to perform work both individually and as a team member.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • Two full-time years (24 months) of progressively responsible grounds irrigation care and maintenance work in a municipal, commercial or parks setting.
  • Must have a current valid State of Colorado driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

Highly sought applicants will have many of the following:

  • Irrigation training / seminars
  • Irrigation Association Certifications or equal
  • Experience with large sized pipping and various pipe material
  • Snow removal experience
  • Leadership skills
  • Customer service abilities
  • Communication skills
  • Computer capabilities in Windows, Excel, Outlook, Word, Adobe
  • Experience reading and interpreting irrigation design drawings and maps
  • Electrical troubleshooting for irrigation systems

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Irrigation Duty/Responsibility

  • Install, replace, retrofit or repair all underground irrigation lines, sprinklers and valves
  • Maintain proper operation of pumping stations and filtration
  • Retrofit existing irrigation systems to accommodate new construction or various landscape/hardscape changes
  • Program and operate irrigation controllers and central computer

Percentage Of Time 65% Job Duty Category Landscape Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

  • Perform landscape maintenance of turfgrass, shrubs, trees, other plant material and beds including hand mowing, string trimming, shrub pruning, planting bed maintenance, mixing and applying herbicides
  • Perform landscape cleanup including litter removal, hard surface cleaning, leaf raking and removal

Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Snow Removal Duty/Responsibility

  • Perform snow removal with broom tractors, toolcats, truck mounted snowplows, snow blowers, and hand shoveling. Performs routine maintenance and repairs of grounds equipment.

Percentage Of Time 15%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical, Valid Driver’s License - CO Regular, Essential Services Designation, Shift Work - Snow Removal, On-call Status - Irrigation water main break response 24/7 , Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - Asbestos Pipe

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.