Irrigation Technician

Nov 09 2023
KK Estate Services LLC |Kihei|Full Time, $25.00 - $35.00 / hour
Job Description

Job Title: Irrigation Technician

Employment Type: Full-Time
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Department: Field

Reports To: Field Supervisor


Job Summary

Under the general direction of Grounds Management, installs, maintains and manages the computerized irrigation systems, controllers and backflow devices in a safe manner. Primary accountabilities also include monitoring and operating computerized water management systems and performing all the duties of a Irrigation Technician position. Job requires well developed verbal and writing skills to present and exchange technical information and specifications with grounds maintenance management, staff, co-workers, sub-contractors, and outside vendors. Performs work as a designated essential personnel. Responsible for producing journey level work output on an independent basis subject to supervisory direction and review.


Essential Duties

  1. Operates, maintains and repairs existing irrigation systems to ensure adequate moisture for plantings. Sets and maintains automatic irrigation systems to run systematically according to the landscape care program.
  2. Designs, installs, tests and maintains new irrigation systems, backflow devices and controllers. May provide functional and technical direction to other grounds staff with regard to irrigation systems design, installation and maintenance.
  3. Monitors and operates various computerized water management systems. Replaces hardware as needed for these systems (e.g., wires, valves, etc.).
  4. Use irrigation methods to adjust the amount of water consumption and to prevent waste.
  5. Operates special and/or heavy equipment and vehicles to perform the duties of an irrigation specialist and equipment operator.
  6. Uses hand tools, such as shovels, rakes, pruning saws, saws, hedge or brush trimmers, or axes.
  7. Assists in planning and construction of special projects on multiple job sites as assigned.
  8. Installs and maintains all irrigation backflow devices. May test backflow devices.
  9. Works with Management to plan and complete landscape projects at multiple sites.
  10. Orders irrigation supplies, spare parts and equipment as authorized and takes deliveries. Obtains quotes for services from outside contractors as requested by Management.
  11. Documents and maintains appropriate logs, records and inventory of systems through Trello.
  12. Recommends and assists in prioritization of upgrades and replacement of systems and equipment. Assist in budget preparation related to this work.
  13. Responds to work order request and needs for assistance through various communication methods.
  14. Performs specialized tasks during adverse weather conditions.
  15. Maintains a safe work environment and performs all duties in a safe manner. Observes and adheres to all safety rules. Reports all safety violations to management.


Secondary Duties

  1. May be required to assist with regular landscape duties such as watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and soil preparation.
  2. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.



This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent; three years of work experience in design, installation, and operation of computer controlled irrigation systems. Experience and proficiency in performing landscape maintenance. Knowledge of the following: safe use of pesticides; safe use of heavy and specialized equipment; drainage and water management; principles of water conservation and audit; and State, County and City plumbing codes as they relate to irrigation system installations. Computer skills required sufficient to operate computerized water management systems. Good oral and written communication skills required to present and exchange technical information and specifications. Must be able to use a respirator when required.

Must possess an acceptable driving record and a valid driver’s license for operation of a motor vehicle in the State of Hawaii and possess an acceptable driving record in the State of Hawaii.


Behavioral Characteristics

Dependability -- Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Attention to Detail -- Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Cooperation -- Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.


Reasoning Ability

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material -- Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects, and report them to Management.
  • Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work -- Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events -- Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is:

  • regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear.
  • frequently required to stoop, crouch, or crawl.
  • occasionally exposed to sit; climb or balance.

The employee must:

  • regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is:

- occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions; fumes or airborne particles; climb or balance.

- regularly exposed to outdoor weather conditions.

The noise level in the work environment is moderate noise.