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Groundskeeper - Irrigation Technician
University Operations
Physical Plant
Technical Support T3
Full time
Full time hourly
$15 per hour (approximately $31,200 annually)
$17 per hour (approximately $35,360 annually)

The Irrigation Technician is a member of the Groundskeeping team charged with maintaining attractive, functional, and safe grounds at the University of Portland campus. This position is responsible for the installation, servicing, and monitoring of the campus irrigation systems; as well as performing various assigned groundskeeper duties. This position has regular work hours of Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

This is a full time, hourly position with benefits. Benefits include medical, dental, long-term disability, and life insurance; paid holiday break in December in addition to vacation and sick time; tuition remission for employee and family members (consistent with University policies); retirement contributions (generally after two years of employment); and a home purchase assistance program.

The full job description is available at:

This position was posted on February 16, 2017, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If you would like any assistance applying for this position, please call 503-943-7306. We would be happy to meet with you and help you apply.

Performs preventive maintenance and repairs on all campus irrigation systems and components.

Surveys campus to understand full range of irrigation equipment in use.

Maintains knowledge of the University’s water usage and requirements, including fluctuations due to variables such as weather, student schedules, campus activities, etc.

Maintains familiarity with both large-scale sport field irrigation and smaller residential irrigation systems.

Updates and maintains the irrigation log, tracking state water use on well pump.

Identifies irrigation related issues that need attention and takes appropriate action.

Responds promptly to work orders and notifications from Public Safety in a timely manner.

Works closely with other Physical Plant specialized trades on any underground campus projects or repairs.

Attends designated seminars to keep current with product knowledge and trends in the irrigation industry.

Performs regular duties of the Groundskeeper position based on campus needs, projects, and work orders.

Provides safety training, supervision, and daily direction to approximately 3-5 student employees.

Responds to emergencies as needed, both during scheduled hours and during after-hours "on-call" basis.

Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor or designee.


Education and Experience

Required: 5+ years’ experience working in landscape irrigation

Required: High school diploma or equivalent

Or equivalent education and/or experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Ability to operate large equipment, such as backhoes, skid steers, excavators, trenchers, and dump trucks).

Ability to use a variety of gardening hand and power tools, such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, and edgers.

Knowledge of hydraulics, installation techniques, and chemical controllers for a variety of irrigation systems.

Knowledge of pesticides and experience utilizing protective respiratory equipment.

Excellent attention to detail.

Knowledge of OSHA/safety and prevention regulations and ability to become certified.

Strong communication skills and ability to interact professionally with a variety of students, faculty, staff, and others.

Ability to prioritize work orders in conjunction with the requirements of the University.

Knowledge of irrigation manufacturers and products.

Ability to read, understand and carry out labels, directions, and work orders.

Ability to read, write, and speak English sufficient to meet the requirements of the position.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out written or oral instructions, generally in a sequence or with scheduled work activities occurring on a regular basis.

Computer skills appropriate to the job requirements, including ability to access trainings or information via computer or internet, or ability to be trained in such computer skill areas.

Must be available to work early morning, evening, weekend, and holidays hours as needed for special circumstances.

Certificates and Licenses Required

Preferred: irrigation certification (planting, standard, irrigation & backflow, all phases).

Physical Requirements

Frequently: while performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, bend, use fingers and hands to handle materials and tools or equipment, and reach with hands and/or arms; the employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 to 30 pounds with or without assistance and with or without the use of devices and/or equipment to assist in the lifting effort.*

Frequently: the employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

Occasionally: the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance and with or without the use of devices and/or equipment to assist in the lifting effort.*

Frequently: ability to work under outside weather conditions, including inclement weather conditions.

* When lifting is required, employees are asked to use good judgment, make safety a top priority, and ask for assistance of others or of equipment as necessary.

Working Conditions

Overtime hours may be required with little or no notice. Early morning, evening, weekend, and holiday hours may also be required with little or no notice, including during situations of inclement weather.

The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places, outside weather conditions, regularly works with vibration causing tools or equipment, and may be exposed to electrical shock related to tools or equipment.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


Cover Letter, References, Resume

Notice of University requirements regarding offers of employment and background investigations: Offers of employment by the University are in in writing and signed by the head of the Office of Human Resources and the President, the Provost, or a Vice President. Any offers of employment that do not meet these requirements are not final and are contingent on final approval by Human Resources and receipt of a written offer of employment that meets the previously-stated requirements. A background investigation process is required before final hiring procedures can be completed for all faculty and staff positions. Any offers received before a background investigation is successfully completed are not final and are contingent on successful completion of a background investigation.


For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.


The University’s mission and EEO statement: Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an equal opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by and consistent with the law. Please see the University’s full Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy here: