Irrigation Technician

Requisition ID: 1253
Affiliation: CUPE Municipal
Position Type: Permanent Full Time
Number of Openings: 1
Bi-weekly Working Hours: 80 hours bi-weekly
Department/ Branch: Public Works, Parks
Job Location: Fort McMurray
Pay Level: PL7
Start Rate*: $ 40.04
Permanent Rate:* $ 46.89 (Permanent rate effective after twelve (12) months of employment)
COLA: Bi-Weekly - $480
Closing Date (dd/mm/yyyy): Open Until Filled
Posting Type: Internal and External

Reposted: October 15, 2022 (Original CUPE Closing Date: September 18, 2022)

*All CUPE job rates are currently under review and are subject to change.




Under general supervision, the Irrigation Technician performs tasks related to the maintenance, operation and construction of parks and municipal assets. Using technical and educational experience, the work involves interacting with field and supervisory staff, including internal and external clients to develop and implement programs relating to irrigation. Technical skills are required to provide expertise in short and long-term work plans, contract administration, development agreements, capital plans, progress reports, and research findings with consequent recommendations. The incumbent will conduct physical tasks including the use of hand and power tools, motor vehicles, and other equipment when required.




  • Complete technical and specialized work relating to irrigation, such as but not limited to spring start up, winter blow outs, trouble shooting, replacement and leveling of irrigation heads, repairing irrigation breaks, and conducting irrigation audits. 
  • Provide input to both operational and capital budget preparations.
  • Prepare the maintenance plans for all irrigation systems throughout the municipality including sports fields, parks and greenspaces. 
  • Responsible for decision-making, problem solving, and conflict resolution as it relates to irrigation management program implementation.
  • Maintain accurate inventories of specific irrigation related supplies, tools and equipment which may require assisting with purchasing and other applicable procedures.
  • Perform equipment operation in support of the irrigation program activities.  
  • Provide technical support and assist with workflow coordination to ensure quality and quantity assurance.
  • Provide field level leadership on a seasonal basis to labourers, equipment operators and summer students assigned to the irrigation program. 
  • Provide coordination and guidance of all aspects of irrigation management, including task assignment and instruction to parks staff in the completion of various related parks activities.
  • Mentor and assist staff with safe work procedures and Occupational Health and Safety compliance.
  • Ensure that tasks are completed within regulations, standards, guidelines, and procedures applicable to the task.
  • Assess operational processes; assist in developing new/revised procedures to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and safety.
  • Perform snow clearing and other associated winter operations duties. 
  • Perform other related duties as required.






  • Knowledge of central irrigation systems and controllers, including the ability to design and install irrigation systems.
  • Ability to operate, troubleshoot and repair irrigation systems and other irrigation maintenance equipment as required.
  • Ability to operate various equipment including but not limited to power mowers, sweepers, tractors, backhoe/loader, water truck and other related equipment. 
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proven planning, problem solving, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to conduct field and technical research, prepare comprehensive reports, and remain current with new technology and industry practices relating to irrigation systems.
  • Proficiency in the operation of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in occupational health and safety regulations and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Ability to provide technical leadership to staff by planning, prioritizing, and directing the irrigation program’s work.
  • Knowledge of municipal parks operations.



  • Turfgrass Management Diploma, combined with three (3) years’ related irrigation experience;


  • Turfgrass Management Certificate combined with four (4) years’ related irrigation experience is required.


  • Certified Irrigation Technician Certificate (levels 1 and 2) and Cross Connection Control Tester Certification (Backflow Assembly Tester Certification) are considered assets.




  • Ability to provide a Criminal Record Check for review and acceptance.
  • A valid Class five (5) Operator’s Licence is required as incumbent will be required to operate a personal or municipal vehicle for business use on a regular basis. 
  • Q-endorsement (Air-brakes) is required.
  • Clean driver’s abstract is considered an asset.
  • Must be willing to work outside in all conditions. 
  • Immunizations are strongly recommended for work in unsanitary conditions.
  • Must be medically and physically able to perform job. 
  • Ability to work a rotating shift that includes holidays, evening/night shift, and weekends.




As an employee of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the incumbent is responsible for understanding and actively participating in the RMWB’s health and safety management system, including all policies, practices, procedures, as well as properly utilizing all control measures including the required use of personal protective equipment. All employees must take reasonable care to protect the health and safety of themselves and others, as well as immediately report any concerns, near misses, incidents, and hazardous conditions to their supervisor.


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We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those individuals
selected for interviews will be contacted.  Late applications will not be accepted.