Parks Irrigation Specialist

City of Broomfield | Broomfield, CO

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Posted Date 1/07/2020


This is a Full-Time Non-Exempt position and is regularly scheduled 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Hours could vary based on weather and department needs.  

Salary Range: $24.35/hr - $34.10/hr
Hiring Range: $24.35/hr - $29.23/hr

The incumbent performs semi-skilled and skilled work in a lead worker capacity in the maintenance of irrigation central control systems within developed park areas.  Work at this level is further characterized by specialized knowledge and skills used in the accomplishment of assignments. Primary responsibilities include performing a variety of semi- skilled and skilled tasks of routine to moderate difficulty related to the City and County's parks function and providing information and assistance to City and County staff and the public.  

The incumbent exemplifies the characteristics of a collaborative, innovative and resilient work culture and along with the leadership team, models the appropriate behavior to create and maintain a resilient work culture within the department.

The incumbent provides holistic services to the public by seeking ways to integrate programs or services provided by other departments, divisions and agencies.  The incumbent works in partnership with other employees, departments/divisions, agencies and the public in delivering effective and innovative services.

Essential Required Tasks/Examples of Duties

(Persons hired in this position must be able to perform all the essential tasks required by the position.  The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required.  The City and County of Broomfield retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential and additional functions of the job at any time without notice.)

Maintains confidentiality of information consistent with applicable federal, state and city/county rules and regulations.

General Duties:

This position reinforces Broomfield Parks' Water Management Program initiatives.  It supports Toro Sentinel central control system build out and long term maintenance of approximately 300 field units (350+ total at buildout). This senior role works hands on in the field a majority of the time, performing various levels of work in the maintenance of a variety of irrigation central control system components and coordinating peripherals.  Installs, troubleshoots and repairs Toro Sentinel controllers; master valves; flow sensors, wireless output boards; 450mHz radios, antennas, and cabinets.  Assists irrigation technicians, and seasonal employees with development of technical skills or projects. Reads and reviews irrigation and landscape plans. Inspect various projects and works with contractors.  Assists with water consumption analysis and hydraulic analysis of irrigation systems.


Assists with software programming of irrigation schedules and run times to obtain maximum water efficiency.  Performs water audits: identifies conservation issues and provides support for CIP requests.  Calculates precipitation rates and inputs them into the central control system computers. Using a variety of tools, locates existing irrigation mainlines and power sources in the event of damage to a facility or for informational knowledge.  Diagnoses wiring issues that could include ground faults, direct shorts or verifying proper voltage is being delivered to controllers, master valves, flow sensors and electric control valves. Captures GPS points of field assets and maintains GIS database for accuracy.  Assists staff with maintaining as-built library, controller charts and zone maps.

Performs preventive maintenance and routine repairs on equipment.  Repairs and installs irrigation pipe from 1/2" to 12" in diameter including solvent welding of PVC fittings, using gasket fittings or fusing HDPE pipe.  Installs and adjusts proper size nozzles in a variety of irrigation heads from various manufacturers. Identifies deficiencies in irrigated areas and make necessary repairs or adjustments. Observes and enforces safety procedures.  Maintains a variety of records relating to maintenance, construction, and inspection of parks and facilities. Prepares requests for new equipment, materials and supplies. Responds to complaints from the public regarding parks and facilities conditions.  Ensures that irrigation control system deficiencies are corrected in a timely and effective manner. Inspects work performed by private contractors to insure conformance to written City Standards and Specifications. May assume responsibility of Division activities during absence of supervisor.  Performs related duties as required.

Operates construction and maintenance equipment such as pick-up trucks, tractors, mini track excavator, front-loaders, dump trucks, box scrapers, tillers, aerators, snow blowers, sprayers, spreaders, hand tools and pruning tools.  Provides coverage in the operation of snowplows during inclement weather. Ensures the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by cleaning and checking after use. Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refer deficiencies or needed repairs to appropriate division. 

Duties require a full range of physical motion and activities including manual digging, pushing, pulling, lifting, twisting and turning the upper body, stooping, kneeling, crouching, climbing, balancing, crawling, reaching for objects, walking and standing.  The incumbent must also be alert to peripheral activities when operating equipment and therefore must have a full range of movement in the neck and shoulders. Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards.

Administrative Duties:

The incumbent is responsible for effectively managing his or her workload to achieve departmental goals.  Assures that responsibilities are performed in compliance with federal and state regulations, Broomfield policies and procedures and the Broomfield Municipal Code.  Maintains confidentiality of information consistent with applicable federal, state and county rules and regulations. The incumbent may confer with employees, supervisory, and administrative personnel regarding departmental policies and procedures.  Contributes to the preparation and review of departmental policies and procedures as necessary to maintain the effectiveness of departmental programs. Advises applicable administrators or departments of potential problems or concerns. Compiles, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates departmental activities with other departments and agencies as needed.  Assists supervisor with administrative duties and planning.

The incumbent assists in recommending and implementing modifications to systems, policies and procedures.  May conduct studies, analyses, and research on a wide variety of topics. Assists in researching and analyzing legal requirements impacting departmental programs and services.  The incumbent keeps operational records and makes required reports. Evaluates service costs and makes related recommendations. Identifies and recommends changes or improvements in departmental operations to ensure assigned functions are efficient and cost effective.


Budget/Resource Management:

The incumbent assists in the preparation of the department's annual budget and tracks expenses throughout the year.  Assures that responsibilities are performed within budget and performs cost control activities such as monitoring expenditures to assure sound fiscal control.  The incumbent is responsible for partnering with other staff members in planning, developing, and implementing the overall vision, mission, programs, processes and projects of the department.  Works with the team to avoid duplication of service and to ensure that customer expectations are recognized and resolved thereby maximizing customer satisfaction. Assists in the development of short and long-range goals including annual efforts to advance the City and County's mission, goals, and objectives.  Monitors the progress of projects so the goals may be obtained within the established timeframe. 

Public Relations/Communication:

The incumbent meets and confers with customers to explain departmental plans, programs, functions, policies, and procedures. Assists departmental staff in preparing and coordinating reports as required.  Answers letters of inquiry/complaints and talk with customers. Attends meetings, workshops, and conventions as necessary for the maintenance of effective services.  Responds to requests for information and advises City and County departments on assigned programs. Maintains liaison with other departments. Provides verbal and written information to departments.  Maintains the accuracy of any program materials posted on the Intranet/Internet.


Supervision/Development of Subordinates

If assigned, the incumbent may provide direction, oversight and leadership, assignments of schedules and evaluates and directs the work of subordinates.  Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow. Trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.  Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances; performs or assists subordinates in performing duties.  

Schedules, trains, supervises and prepares performance evaluations for lower-level employees.  Prepare and implement weekly work schedule. Recommends appropriate disciplinary action. Trains lower-level personnel in the operation of and preventive maintenance on equipment.


Miscellaneous Duties:  

Coordinates and participates in set-up for special events.  May assist other Departments/Divisions within the City and County.  The incumbent keeps operational records and makes required reports. Operates a personal computer including associated software programs.  Operates a motor vehicle in traveling to and from work sites. Assures that facilities and equipment are maintained properly and coordinates maintenance and repair functions.  Evaluates service costs and makes related recommendations. Identifies and recommends improvements in departmental operations to ensure assigned functions are efficient and cost effective.  Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents. Uses all required safety equipment. Performs related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications


Training - High school graduation or GED equivalent.

Experience - Three years of progressively responsible experience in troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair activities within the respective maintenance division. Two years of experience with Toro Sentinel Irrigation Central Control Systems. Experience with reclaimed or raw water irrigation preferred. 


Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides evidence that the applicant possesses the Necessary Applicant Traits.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: -  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and safe driving record for continued employment. Within one year of appointment must obtain a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) certification through the Irrigation Association. New hires must, as a condition of employment, pass the following pre-offer and post-offer/hire processes:  written evaluation (if required), oral board, reference checks, driving check through DMV, background checks including local police check and sex-offender registry check, physical, and fingerprints through CBI/FBI.

Broomfield Human Resources


Working Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  The noise level in the environment is usually loud. Work is generally scheduled Monday through Friday with some weekend and holiday work required. Position also involves on-call duty which requires working weekends on a rotating basis and working all hours during emergency repairs as needed.  Travel by pickup truck is required to reach work sites. The incumbent is exposed to the following environmental factors: work near moving mechanical parts; work in high, precarious places; working in or near moving traffic; fumes or airborne particles; electrical shock; toxic or caustic chemicals; year-round outdoor temperatures and weather conditions; and vibration--may have exposure to blood-borne pathogens.  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Please note that the frequency of the activity may depend on the actual assignment in the Park Division as found in a Job Site Evaluation prepared by the Colorado Center for Rehabilitation. While performing the duties of this job, the employee uses hands and/or feet to perform manual tasks such as lifting and digging.  The employee is constantly required to talk or hear; perform simple grasping; smell; and perform cervical motions such as flexion, extension, rotation, and sidebending. The employee is constantly to frequently required to stand, walk, push/pull, bend/stoop, and reach forward; frequently required to twist, crouch/kneel/squat, reach below the waist, reach above the shoulder, perform power grasping, and perform fine hand manipulation; and occasionally required to sit, climb vertically, crawl and be in quadruped position, work from heights, and work in confined space.  Physical demands are described as heavy (exert up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 40 lbs. of force constantly to move objects) to very heavy (exert more than 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or more than 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or more than 40 lbs. of force constantly to move objects). Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus, and peripheral vision. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Incumbent will be subject to random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident alcohol and substance abuse testing as required by law.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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