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Irrigation Technician

Missouri Botanical Garden, 2345 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America Req #363
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Summary: Responsible for the maintenance of the garden-wide irrigations system.  This involves both repair and new irrigation installation work and requires frequent hand digging and use of trenching and/or mini-backhoe.  Manages the yearly backflow inspection of irrigation devices and assists the plumber in his duties. May assist in the fountain and pump maintenance.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintains and repairs garden-wide irrigation systems which include performing spring startup and fall winterization and coordinate contracted annual testing of irrigation backflow devices.
  • Participates in the planning and construction of new irrigation systems and will monitor contractor’s perform work.
  • Creates and maintains accurate records and drawings showing the location of all buried utilities.
  • Works with Horticulture Staff to ensure proper operation of irrigation systems within their assigned gardens to ensure proper coverage and prevent waste of water.
  • Inspects area irrigated to ensure adequate soaking and prevent waste of water.
  • Assist the plumber with installation, repair, and servicing of plumbing fixtures, domestic water lines, sanitary and storm water lines, sump pumps/pits, drains, chemical and grease traps, and any related equipment.
  • Provides site protection for garden staff and visitors by barricading and covering all open trenches and holes while making repairs to below ground utilities
  • Assist the plumber with installation, repair, and servicing of plumbing fixtures, water, and sewer pipes, sump pumps, chemical, and grease traps, and related equipment.
  • Assists with fountain maintenance.
  • Maintains inventory of frequently used supplies and replacement parts.
  • Identifies and initiates immediate corrective actions for any plumbing code or safety violations.
  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed: informs employees/students/volunteers of safety guidelines and safe working practices and routinely monitors to enforce them.
  • Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards.
  • Reports all accidents, injuries, and near-miss accidents immediately.
  • May assist HVAC staff with the installation of new piping systems.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Behave & communicate in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork, cooperation, and respect within our division and throughout the Garden with all employees, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors, and others.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.  However, at times, individual may monitor and direct job duties for contract plumbers working on-site and/or other garden staff who may be assigned to assist on large projects or events.


  • Communication: Combines listening skills, verbal and written communication skills and visitor relation skills.
  • Collaboration: Incorporates teamwork, mutual respect, active engagement, cooperation and visitor focus
  • Accountability: Initiative to take ownership of responsibilities, the ability to prioritize and the working knowledge and skills to take action.
  • Problem Solving: Blends problem solving skills, judgement and decision making skills along with creativity and resourcefulness.
  • Stewardship: Merges the practical application of the Garden values and support for a positive organizational climate.        


  • Five (5) years experience installing, repairing, and servicing commercial irrigation piping systems and controls required.
  • Knowledge of approved industry standards related to commercial irrigations systems.
  • Knowledge of local plumbing codes and general construction methods.
  • Knowledge of acceptable safe work practices including wearing the necessary personal protective equipment and proper use of hand tools and equipment including trenches and mini-backhoe. 
  • Familiarity with commercial and residential plumbing fixtures and methods is a plus. 
  • Ability to read blue-prints and keep accurate records of new or repaired irrigation piping.
  • Must be able to set and/or adjust priorities depending on climatic conditions and specific time constants due to building occupancies and scheduled events. 
  • Self-starter, achieving high productivity with strong attention to detail; ability to work independently with little instruction; coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks, set deadlines, and complete projects in a timely manner is required.
  • Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct.
  • Some local travel required – less than 20%.
  • Scheduling flexibility that allows working weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed.
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.


  • High school diploma or the equivalent required.
  • An equivalent combination of skills, education, and experience may be considered.

Computer Skills:

  • Familiarity navigating through various PC applications including, but not restricted to Microsoft Office suite (i.e., Outlook, Word, etc.).
  • Ability to use Internet to search for repair parts and to obtain manufactures’ literature and required material safety data sheets (MSDS).

Other Skills and Abilities: N/A

Language Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English (oral and written).
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions and information to effectively execute and achieve results.                 

Mathematical Skills:

  • H.S. basic math and geometry as necessary to order materials and perform new installations.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Requires ability to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and clean, insurable driving record (prior to employment).
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid chauffeur’s license within (2) months of hire required.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT) Certification.

Physical Demands:

  • Manual labor - Ability to work outdoors all year round in all weather conditions (i.e., in temperatures over 100°F as well as temperatures below 0°F, in rain, snow and other inclement weather conditions as needed).
  • Requires hand digging for extended periods of time and some work may be performed in trenches or holes which will require shoring. 
  • Ability to climb ladders, scaffolding, walk boards and walkways and work at varying heights, including on roofs and to operate a wide variety of personal lift equipment.
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment, including SCBA and/or respirators;  fall restraint harness; required to operate various pieces of equipment including fork fort lift, mini excavator and trencher, sewer machine and various hand tools. 
  • Will be required to work with chemicals including greases, oils, refrigerants, etc.
  • Must be able to work around, under, and in large pieces of equipment which may be hot and/or moving parts.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 60 lbs; stand for extended periods of time and work with arms above your head and off ladders at varying heights.
  • Requires standing, walking, bending, stooping and reaching for extended periods of time-- 90% or more of the workday is standing on feet.
  • Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing).

Work Environment:

  • Work maybe performed in the maintenance shop, on roofs, or outdoors in all weather conditions. 
  • May be wet for extended periods and occasionally work in or with wet conditions that may contain sewage.
  • Some tasks maybe performed in confined spaces and in or around general construction conditions or in finished office space.
  • Comfortable working in immediate proximity to general public, in a safe and friendly manner, answering questions regarding the Garden and its operations.

Contacts with Individuals/Organizations inside/outside the Garden:

  • Members of the Maintenance Department.
  • Garden staff, especially horticulturist, and visitors in areas where work is being performed. 
  • Architects and/or engineers during major renovations and new construction.
  • Outside contractors and vendors to obtain supplies and services.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
Location on Google Maps
  • Missouri Botanical Garden, 2345 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America