Irrigation Specialist 1
City of Yakima
Posted November 9, 2022
Salary $3,605.33 - $4,326.40 Monthly
Location Public Works: 2301 Fruitvale Blvd. Yakima, WA
Job Type Full-time
Department Public Works
Job Number 22-00240
Overview and Minimum Class Requirements
The Water/Irrigation Division needs a motivated team-player to join the irrigation team! If you have experience working with water systems & a strong mechanical aptitude, apply today!
High School diploma or GED and one (1) year experience in irrigation systems or related systems.
NOTE: An Irrigation Specialist I may be promoted to an Irrigation Specialist II without further competition upon completion of a practical examination determining proficiency of operations of backhoe/loader, front end loader, dump truck, boom truck, equipment trailer, jackhammer, and in reading irrigation system related maps and charts.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES:
Must possess and maintain a valid Washington State Driver’s License. Must possess and maintain a Basic First Aid/CPR Certificate, Traffic Flagging Certificate, and a valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with an air brake endorsement within six (6) months of appointment.
Under supervision, participates in the activities of a field crew in the systematic preventative maintenance, inspecting, repair and installation of the irrigation river diversions, canals and distribution system. Performs related work as assigned.
Participates in making street cuts using concrete saw, asphalt grinder and/or jackhammer. Insures proper safety measures are implemented such as traffic signing, flagging and proper trenching and shoring. Assembles materials for service connections. Participates in taping irrigation mains, heat fusion welding, laying service pipe and installing shut off valve and valve box Participates in excavation, backfill and compaction operations using hand tools and/or powered compactors. Turns services on or off.
Irrigation Main Installation and Repair:
Participates in making street cuts using concrete saw, asphalt grinder and/or jackhammer. Insures proper safety measures are implemented such as traffic signing, flagging and proper trenching and shoring. Participates in taping irrigation mains, heat fusion welding, laying pipe and installing valves, tees, bends, crosses and thrust restraints. Cleans pipe and installs repair bands or sleeves and/or replaces broken sections of pipe. Participates in excavation, backfill and compaction operations using hand tools and/or powered compactors.
Irrigation System Operation:
Operate river diversions by opening, closing or adjusting diversion gates; and/or installing check boards on diversion dam. Follows directions from the Department of Fish and Wildlife to insure proper operation of fish barrier systems. Maintain adequate water levels in canals by adjusting gates, valves and check boards. Participate in keeping canals, reservoir and pump screens clean by mowing weeds and/or removing debris from screening facilities. Adjust flows from canals and overflows to other irrigation companies and pump stations. Operate, monitor and adjust flow from pump stations.
Participates in valve maintenance program including valve box cleaning, adjusting valve boxes to grade and exercising valves. Inspect and service pumps and motors, fish screens and diversion gates, requires use of atmosphere testing equipment. Participates in irrigation system flushing program by opening and closing of valves. Insures proper safety measures are implemented such as traffic signing, flagging, and proper trenching and shoring.
Requires regular and reliable attendance.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Major Worker Characteristics
Knowledge of irrigation canals and distribution systems, including types of equipment and materials used. Ability to identify and analyze abnormal conditions and render a timely and appropriate course of action to correct. Proficient operation of equipment such as jackhammer, powered compactors and air compressor. Perform strenuous physical work with ability to lift and carry 50 pounds. Read and interpret maps of distribution systems. Communicate effectively with people in a tactful and diplomatic manner.
Work is frequently performed outside. Continuous use of both hands in reaching/handling/ grasping/fingering while performing duties operating on computers and other machinery. On rare occasions may be required to lift heavier weight with the assistance of others or mechanical devices up to 100 pounds. Regularly ascends/descends stairs and ladders while maintaining balance. Continuous use of all senses including feeling/talking/ hearing/seeing while performing duties and while communicating with co-workers, general public and completing all tasks as assigned. Must be able to distinguish color and maintain long-term and short-term memory. May work at heights, confined spaces, alone, with others, or in noisy work area. Frequent bending/twisting at knees/waist/neck while performing mechanical repairs and maintenance items. Occasional kneeling/ crouching/crawling while making repairs in confined spaces and awkward positions. May require constant moving, sitting, kneeling or standing for excessive periods of time. May work outside with all weather extremes, be exposed to insects, pollen, dust, smoke, electrical hazards, noxious odors, fumes, or chemicals, solvents, oil, ink, construction debris, vibrations, and/or traffic. Will be required to wear safety protective gear when necessary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
UNUSUAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Exposure to extremes of weather, raw water, asbestos cement pipe, mud and dust at work site; and street traffic. Shall be subject to random controlled substance and alcohol testing, pursuant to Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, including 49 CFR Part 40 and Section 302 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.