Groundskeeper Specialist (Irrigation)

Groundskeeper Specialist (Irrigation)

Arizona State University

FDM FM Grounds Services

Campus: Tempe



Salary Range

To be determined


Close Date



Days and Schedule

Monday – Friday; 5:00 AM – 1:30 PM


Job Description

Facilities Management, Grounds Services, seeks a Groundskeeper Specialist – Irrigation to install, repair and troubleshoot manual and timer controlled irrigation systems.


Essential Duties

Install new drip/irrigation and sprinkler systems. Set and maintain times on various types of irrigation controllers (Calsense, Rainbird, Raindial, T-Boss, etc.).  Troubleshoot irrigation controllers, solenoid valves and heads of all types.  Replace/repair/adjust faulty sprinkler heads or drip systems, irrigation controllers or valves.  Perform scheduled shut offs for campus event requests.  Program, monitor and adjust computer controlled irrigation systems.  Check for and repair leaks to ensure minimal water loss.  Recognize water deficiencies in turf areas and make necessary corrections. Operate small trenching machine and track down and repair water leaks and faulty wiring.  Perform strenuous work in outdoor elements to include extreme heat and desert environment.  Ability to communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform the essential functions of the job.


Minimum Qualifications

Two (2) years of grounds maintenance experience, OR, Associate Degree in Horticulture or related field e.g. Golf Course Management, Sports Turf Management, Landscape Construction; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved; AND possess and maintain One (1) Grounds certification or equivalent e.g. Arizona Pest Application License, Certified Arborist from International Society of Arboriculture, Certified Grounds Technician from PGMS, Passed Desert Landscaper School from the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. Employee may be required to possess a valid US Driver’s license of the appropriate class and required endorsements throughout employment.


Desired Qualifications

Evidence of:

Irrigation Technician Certification
Arizona Landscape Contractors Association ACLP Certification
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Experience in:

Underground landscape irrigation/sprinkler system repair and installation (2 years).
Operating irrigation related equipment and tools.
Central controller irrigation systems (e.g. Calsense).
Knowledge of:

Underground landscape sprinkler system repair and installation techniques.
Design/redesign of irrigation systems.
Reading and interpreting blueprints.
Sustainable landscaping practices.
Customer service.
Working Environment

Activities regularly require long periods of exposure to external elements indigenous to a desert environment, weather, potential exposure to venomous insects, insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Regularly required to operate a variety of landscaping equipment, tools and machines requiring extended periods of walking over uneven and occasionally rocky surfaces, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting and pushing objects of varying weights up to 50 pounds. Maintain turf in sports fields.


Department Statement

Facilities Development and Management measures performance expectations and seeks candidates who are aware of, participate in, and encourage team support of Arizona State University’s sustainability programs.  The University has made an institutional commitment to lead by example through the sustainable operations of its campuses.  By demonstrating exemplary practices and sharing solutions, ASU stimulates changes in individual, institutional, and corporate behaviors to create a more sustainable world.

ASU offers tuition waiver (to include yourself, spouse and dependents), paid vacation and holidays, excellent benefit package, employee training and development opportunities, and an employee assistance program.

Facilities Management at ASU employment requires current eligibility to legally work in the United States.  Facilities Management will not be a sponsor for this position.

This position is located at University Services Building, 1551 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ (on Rural Road south of Apache Blvd).

Must possess a valid Arizona driver’s license (minimum of Class D) upon employment and maintain throughout employment.  Post-offer of employment, selected candidate must possess an acceptable driving record which is 5 or fewer points in the most recent 39 month period from date of hire.


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 90,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.


Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

Work reference history information for 3 current and/or former supervisors will be requested at time of interview.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


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