Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: W3003 / Master Irrigation Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 08

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Performs all irrigation systems maintenance and repairs. Maintains inventory of irrigation supplies. Programs, monitors, and adjusts centralized and satellite irrigation controllers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Programs, monitors, and adjusts computerized central and satellite control system with sprinklers located over a wide area.
  2. Oversees the work of employees in supporting roles, including assigning workload and monitoring employee performance.
  3. Orders and maintains inventory of irrigation equipment and supplies.
  4. Maintains records on irrigation systems and other items as assigned.
  5. Installs, troubleshoots and repairs sprinkler irrigation system components including but not limited to: valves, piping, sprinkler heads, other emitting devices, controller wiring, backflow prevention devices and controllers.
  6. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  7. Performs annual inspections of backflow preventers and documents results.
  8. Performs snow removal, as required.
  9. May assist in various landscape maintenance activities as required.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 4 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certifications/Licensure: State of New Mexico Irrigation License (CID-JS)
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to install, operate, troubleshoot, and repair manual and controller-operated irrigation systems.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to lead and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Programming, monitoring and adjusting central and satellite sprinkler control systems; b) Leading/guiding the work of lower level employees including assigning work and monitoring the completion of work assignment; c) ordering and maintaining inventory and records of equipment and supplies; and d) State of New Mexico Irrigation License (CID-JS) and City of Albuquerque Backflow Prevention Certificate.

Conditions of Employment

  • A valid New Mexico driver's license will be required if a motor vehicle must be operated on the job.
  • Must maintain certification and/or licensure status.
  • Must obtain a City of Albuquerque Backflow Prevention Certificate within one year of date of hire.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
  • All regular, non-temporary positions assigned to this classification are represented by a labor union and subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Extensive physical activity. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 06/01/2022