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Division Manager / Ditchtender / Relief / Maintenance Worker

Non-Exempt (Hourly) – General Bargaining Unit (Union)

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

2022 SALARY Schedule
Step I Step II Step III Step IV Step V
$26.45 $27.77 $29.18 $30.61 $32.16

Final filing deadline: July 22, 2022

A current DMV printout is required with all applications. Must pass pre-placement physical and drug screen.


Under supervision, performs a variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the distribution of irrigation water to farmers within assigned division; performs varied duties in the construction, repair, cleaning, and maintenance of irrigation canals, ditches, pipelines, pump lines, and structures.

During the irrigation season, runs water for irrigation purposes and performs related duties on a shift basis; prepares reports, keeps time sheet, and maintains a water run report.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Personally contacts irrigators during irrigation season to determine number of acres that will be under irrigation, the types of crops that will be planted, and other pertinent information.
  2. Accepts requests for water and schedules according to the irrigation cycle established by the Board of Directors; orders water needed to supply assigned division and other divisions at scheduled times.
  3. Makes water measurements and ensures proper flows and orderly delivery to his customers; makes a concerted effort to notify customers of irrigating times in advance of delivery; ensures that customers receive notification of irrigating times prior to their respective irrigations; checks with customer to verify correct water delivery.
  4. Operates District headgates, turnouts, slide gates, valves, and diversion gates to maintain proper irrigation levels and delivery flows.
  5. Inspects the District’s irrigation works, facilities, and appurtenances within an assigned division for leaks, breaks, unauthorized diversions, and obstructions which may endanger District facilities or hamper or delay the flow of water through the system.
  6. Responds to emergency calls during assigned shift pursuant to established procedures.
  7. Accurately and legibly prepares break and flood reports.
  8. Maintains detailed water usage records for each irrigated parcel; completes time sheets, water run, and vehicle maintenance reports; prepares annual maintenance reports and crop reports as they relate to the facilities and acreage with the assigned division.
  9. Operates, monitors, and services high discharge wells; monitors and makes records of observation well readings within the assigned division.
  10. Ensures that water is not wasted by arranging scheduled irrigation deliveries to provide for agricultural drainage as a means to meet downstream irrigation needs.
  11. Division Managers are responsible for directing Ditchtenders and Division Manager Relief to ensure the smooth operation of the assigned Division.
  12. Performs minor maintenance work to ensure the proper working condition of District irrigation pumps, facilities, vehicles, works, and appurtenances within the division.
  13. Installs and replaces concrete pipe, control boxes, and slides; repairs and patches pipe.
  14. Reports incidences of trespass and vandalism, and situations involving discharges of wastes and contaminants.
  15. Performs the duties of the Maintenance Worker classification during the non-irrigation season.
  16. May provide training to new employees.
  17. Performs related duties as required.

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Soils and crops.
  • Record keeping and reporting procedures.
  • Safe work practices.
  • Basic methods, tools, techniques and materials used in the operation, construction, maintenance, repair and cleaning of irrigation facilities.

Ability to:

  • Learn and properly administer applicable District policies and procedures.
  • Work without direct supervision.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Make water measurements.
  • Perform heavy manual labor.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Pass a position proficiency test.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines – Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Formal or informal education or training that ensures the ability to read and write at a level necessary for successful job performance.


  • None required, but a background in agriculture is desirable.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate California operator’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. A good driving record of at least two (2) years duration, as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents. Possession and continuance of a driving record that does not cause adverse effect on the District’s automobile insurance rates is required.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed mostly in an outdoor environment with travel from site to site; exposure to all types of weather and temperature conditions, confined spaces, grease, noise, and dust; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain; may be required to work weekends, nights, or unusual shifts.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a field setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to climb or work on ladders, stairs, ramps, canals, ditches, fields, tanks, and towers; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

This job description has been prepared to define typical duties that an employee is expected to perform in this classification. It is not intended to limit the work which may be performed since other tasks may be assigned that are similar in nature. Further, specific duties may be changed or deleted from time to time as deemed necessary or prudent by the Manager.