Grounds, Irrigation Foreperson

Job category: Auxiliary
Exemption Status/Test: Non Exempt
Reports to: Grounds Supervisor
Date Revised: April 14, 2016
Dept./School: Maintenance

Primary purpose

To provide adequate water to all plant materials, maintain safe athletic fields, playgrounds and landscape areas, utilizing practices set forth by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.



High School Diploma or GED

Valid Texas driver’s license (unrestricted) with good driving record

State Landscape Irrigator’s License Required or able to obtain within 12 months

State Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Required or able to obtain within 12 months


Ten years’ minimum experience

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge of general maintenance related skills

Knowledge of design, installation and repairs of irrigation systems

Knowledge of electronic devices (volt/ohm meter, wire tracer)

Knowledge of irrigation control operation and functions

Knowledge of water saving techniques, i.e. ET based scheduling

Major responsibilities and duties

  • Diagnose and troubleshoot valve malfunctions.
  • Ability to read and understand blue prints.
  • Understand state, city and local water codes and restrictions.
  • Maintain irrigation systems within state and local regulation.
  • Operate trenching equipment, backhoe, etc.
  • Maintain PM maintenance scheduling and routing.
  • Maintain any required state and local records.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Ability to complete assignments in a timely and workable manner.
  • Ability to get along with and learn from others.
  • Maintain professional appearance.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None         

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Manage electronic devices, small hand tools, power tools
Ability to climb on and off equipment
Frequently lift 10 to 80 pounds
Mental Demands: 
Maintain emotional control under stress

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.