Irrigation Maintenance Specialist
North Texas Tollway Authority - Plano, TX

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The purpose of this position is to monitor and schedule the NTTA’s computerized system wide sophisticated irrigation system to ensure proper irrigation schedules are implemented to provide adequate irrigation for plant sustainability while minimizing and conserving vital water resources. The use of evapotranspiration data from our weather stations or published references to adjust irrigation schedules for seasonality is critical for ensuring plant sustainability and minimizing irrigation. In addition, this position will be required to implement all irrigation repairs, including main line, laterals, drip lines, valves, moisture sensors, wiring, etc., necessary to eliminate any plant mortality due to lack of irrigation. Interfacing with technical representatives will be required to ensure the computerized irrigation operating system is performing per specifications. This position is a critical component in ensuring the NTTA’s perishable landscape assets are preserved. To accomplish these tasks a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects related to irrigation scheduling, maintenance and plant irrigation requirements is required.

Responsibilities:

Under Supervisor’s direction monitors landscape and irrigation assets and ensures maintenance and repairs are accomplished utilizing accepted industry practices.

Ensures tasks meet productivity goals by providing counseling and coaching, recommending solutions to maintenance demands, and assisting with scheduling maintenance with minimal materials and costs.

Meets technical requirements by reviewing and updating staff on requirements, inspecting and planning repairs, determining materials to be used, planning backfill requirements, and maintaining and updating knowledge.

Completes administrative tasks by generating work orders, planning and scheduling tasks, generating reports and cost analyses, scheduling and documenting time and labor costs, monitoring crew progress, and assisting with appraisal and progress reports.

Monitors safety and training by identifying needs and current skill levels, ensuring guidelines are followed, identifying job hazards, coordinating vendor training, and working with landscape crew on new training initiatives.

Qualifications:

Work requires knowledge of a specific technical nature (irrigation scheduling and maintenance) that may be obtained with one year of advanced study or training past the high school equivalency. Junior college, vocational, business, and technical or correspondence schools are likely sources. Appropriate certification may be awarded upon satisfactory completion of advanced study or training.

Over one year and up to three years.

Work requires normally functioning as a lone worker, however, may act in a supervisory capacity if an irrigation task requires additional landscape crew members possibly not technically skilled and could include overseeing work quality, training and instruction.

Work requires regular interaction involving exchange and receipt of information. Work may require providing advice to others on specific problems.

Receives Direction: The employee normally performs the duty assignment after receiving general instructions as to methods, procedures, and desired end results. There is the opportunity for discretion when making selections in the field among a few, easily identifiable choices. The assignment is usually reviewed upon completion.

Skilled: Work requires a comprehensive, practical knowledge of a technical field 9irrigation) with use of analytical judgment and decision-making abilities appropriate to the work environment of the organization.

None.

Intermediate - Ability to read irrigation plans, papers, periodicals, journals, manuals, dictionaries, thesauruses, and encyclopedias. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

Intermediate - Ability to deal with system of real numbers; practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

Basic - Ability to write simple sentences containing subject, verb, and object, and/or series of numbers, names, and addresses. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in elementary school up to high school. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.

Valid Class A or B Commercial Driver’s License or ability to obtain one within 6 months. Either an Irrigator or Irrigation Technician license. Experience with large scale irrigation systems and controllers. Calsense experience is preferred but not mandatory.

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The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) operates a toll system consisting of about 90 miles of roadway. Facilities include the Dallas North...