Full-Time Full time/ Long term/Generous Benefits
POSITION TITLE: Patrolman / Ditchrider
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Distributes irrigation water to the users of the District’s water rights within their assigned area in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, District Policies and Procedures and District management direction using information based upon decrees, partial decrees, permits, licenses and transfers.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Reports and coordinates activities with the Field Supervisor.
Interact with and strive to maintain good working relationships with water users.
Operate gates, checks, turnouts to regulate waterflow into canals and laterals.
Measure diversions of water from canals, laterals and sublaterals to users to verify that delivered water is within right.
Monitor and use the telemetry network to confirm adequacy of present and projected water needs.
Patrol assigned area by motor vehicle, by foot or any other management approved manner to detect leaks, breaks, weak areas, or obstructions and damage to the irrigation system.
Remove debris and make emergency repairs to banks, structures and gates.
Close diversions for which assessments have not been paid.
Curtail unauthorized or excessive diversions.
Develop seasonal maintenance project list during irrigation season.
Prepare reports as required detailing delivery information and any other information required by the District.
Observe and document laterals with submerged weirs and inadequate measurement.
Document and report beneficial use as required by the District.
Assist with fish screen and inlet structure flow management.
JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
High school diploma, or equivalent, plus a minimum one (1) year of experience and / or training in agricultural irrigation practices and / or distribution or a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Must demonstrate the following competencies:
Familiar with plant species (agricultural grasses, crops and noxious weeds)
Familiar with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology
Ability to interpret maps and aerial photography
Ability to use a computer
Slippery and / or uneven terrain
Exposure to domestic animals
Exposure to risk of electric shock
Hazardous road conditions
Ability to perform basic mathematical functions for accurate calculations
Ability to understand oral and written instructions
Ability to work independently or as part of a crew
Ability to establish an effective working relationship with other employees, supervisors, outside contractors, and the public
Possess excellent time management skills and ability to efficiently prioritize work tasks
Ability to operate motor vehicles, machines and tools safely and in conformance with applicable laws, regulations and work rules
Excellent communication skills
Possession of a valid Oregon driver’s license. Must have a safe driving record.
Employee must live within thirty (30) minutes of the employee’s area of responsibility. Operate heavy equipment as needed. Maintain CDL license, CPR/AED and Standard First Aid certifications if applicable.
Previous experience working with telemetry and GPS systems; irrigation district water measurement and delivery practices; water right knowledge.
The employee works under the supervision of the Field Supervisor during Irrigation Season and Maintenance Season.
This position is not a supervisory position. Employee may assist in direction, guidance or training in operational procedures to other employees.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk and hear.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and rarely lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Telemetry instruments and tools, GPS instruments, computer, telephone system, copy and fax machine, water measuring devices. District vehicles and other maintenance tools and equipment required to perform the assigned duties.
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 regularly must work within the following conditions:
Outside weather exposure
Close proximity to moving water in irrigation canals and river diversions
Occasionally the employee may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.
The noise level in the field environment is usually moderate, except during certain duties when noise levels may be loud.
$22.00/hr—full time position
Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check
90 days in temporary role with the possibility to roll to client’s payroll
Full employee and family medical, dental, vision after 60 days
Generous vacation package after 90 days on client payroll:
40 hours for the 1st year
80 hours for the 2nd year, + 8 hours each year, capping at 200 hours of vacation
8 hours of Sick pay each month (rolls over each year)
3 days of grievance
Retirement, Company matches up to 5%
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