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Irrigation Technician/Landscaper

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Skilled Craft/Trade, Facilities

Under general supervision of the Lead Irrigation Specialist of Landscape Services for the Department of Facilities Services (“DFS”), and in collaboration with your colleagues, assist in maintaining the University grounds by completing assigned irrigation system maintenance activities, and related landscape tasks to ensure the success and good appearance of campus landscaping and athletics facilities.


  • Physically perform duties, including but not limited to, regularly inspecting systems, excavating to facilitate repair of broken pipes and risers, inspecting, cleaning, adjusting, repairing, rebuilding, installing, assembling, and replacing all types of sprinkler heads, control values, filters, pressure regulators, etc., troubleshoot and remedy problems with control wires for remote control irrigation valves, etc. Confer with Lead Irrigation Specialist to develop plans and schedules for irrigation.
  • Manage materials, parts, and equipment, including inventory tracking, record keeping, product research, and supply procurement. Prepare and manage project execution and documentation including programs, estimates, budgets, schedules, and status reports. Monitor the work for compliance with plans and specifications, applicable codes, industry standards, best practices, and Pepperdine standards including the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment. Immediately report any unsafe conditions observed or encountered while completing assigned work to your supervisor or other appropriate individual(s). Advise Lead Irrigation Specialist when work load or conditions encountered will cause the assignment to not be completed in allotted time. Provide continuous support to University's Hydrological Monitoring Program (HMP) ensuring compliance with all provisions and applicable regulations related to the use of recycled water.
  • Plant and maintain ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, lawns, and hardscapes. Apply fertilizers pesticides, and other treatments, according to instructions or documented best practices. Perform such work, as Campus brush clearance, erosion control, and preparation of Campus areas for special events. Complete various tasks required to maintain University grounds and athletic facilities, including but not limited, to mowing, trimming, cutting, blowing, watering, power washing, litter and trash removal, and trap and bait placement and retrieval.
  • Safely and effectively operate powered equipment including, but not limited to, back hoes, trenchers, tractors, power mowers, edgers, weed eaters, chainsaws, and roto-tillers. Inspect equipment prior to each use including checking oil and fluid levels, confirming proper placement of guards and shields, etc.
  • When requested, assist other trades and complete special projects such as erosion control, storm and area drain maintenance, and event preparation. Participate in and recommend continuous departmental and process improvements including changes in working conditions or equipment to increase efficiency or effectiveness.
  • Ensure effective communication and coordination among all internal and external project participants and stakeholders. Coordinate project activities with University departments such as Design and Construction, Public Safety, Information Technology, Regulatory Affairs, Events, and University administrators to ensure that all parties are well-informed and that work proceeds on schedule with minimal impact to University operations. Research, prepare, and present information and reports as requested. Maintain tools, equipment, vehicles, and work area in a clean manner. Strive to produce the best possible results during all work performed. Provide exceptional customer service to campus community, stakeholders, and visitors.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: High School diploma or equivalent required. Minimum of two (2) years paid landscape irrigation system maintenance, repair installation, landscape maintenance or related experience required. Competency using tools and operating equipment of the trade is required. Must hold a valid California Driver's license, maintain an acceptable DMV driving record, and remain insurable by University insurance carrier at all times while employed. Must be able to bring a current DMV driving record printout on the first day of employment. Willingness and ability to periodically work overtime hours, respond to emergency calls after hours/weekends, and work rotating weekend shifts is required. Must be flexible to accept assignments in various Campus locations, as well as changes in assignments. Must be willing to support the mission of Pepperdine University, articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds. The ability to understand plans, design specifications, and manufacturers' instructions and recommendations to ascertain the configuration of irrigation equipment and components, ensure their proper installation, and remedy issues is required. English written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills are required. Must consistently project a professional demeanor and positive attitude, and be able to effectively and professionally communicate. Must be able to lift up to 80 pounds, and lift up to 50 pounds and carry the object 100 feet. Basic computer skills and competency with Microsoft Office is required. Analytical and problem solving skills to successfully resolve issues is required.

Preferred: Completion of an approved apprentice program or equivalent is preferred. 

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening.

This is a regular, non-exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: $15.30 per hour

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