Ditch Tender

Redding, California
Government & Policy
Job Type
Temp to Perm
US$ 14.29 per hour, $14.29 - 14.29 per hour + none
Ref. Number
Baron Browning, Spherion
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Job Description

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. Operates District headgates, turnouts, slide gates, valves, and diversion gates to maintain proper irrigation levels and delivery flows.
3. 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.
4. Responds to emergency calls during assigned shift pursuant to established procedures.
5. Accurately and legibly prepares break and flood reports.
6. Ensures that water is not wasted by arranging scheduled irrigation deliveries to provide for agricultural drainage as a means to meet downstream irrigation needs.
7. Performs minor maintenance work to ensure the proper working condition of District irrigation pumps, facilities, vehicles, works, and appurtenances within the division.
8. Performs the duties of the Maintenance Worker classification during the non-irrigation season.

Working hours: Mon-Sat 7am to 5pm

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:
--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.
--Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
--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:
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.

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