Job Position

Irrigation Technician

Irrigation technicians maintain and service irrigation systems. Technicians perform regular system maintenance, including spring startup, controller programming and winterization. Technicians also retrofit older systems to improve water efficiency and reduce operating costs.


  • Perform regular system maintenance, including starting up systems for use in warmer months; inspecting and repairing sprinkler heads, pipes and other components; programming recommended watering schedules; and winterizing systems to prevent damage during freezing weather.
  • Troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems, including sprinkler heads, pipes, pumps and controllers.
  • Retrofit older systems with newer technology to improve water efficiency and reduce operating costs.

Education & Experience

  • High school diploma/GED required.
  • One year irrigation experience required; three years preferred.
  • Recommended certification(s): Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT), Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT), manufacturer certification, state landscape certification or irrigation license.


  • $30,000 – $45,000*

*Irrigation industry compensation information is based on reporting by Irrigation Association members, industry recruiters, online job postings and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compensation varies by candidate experience and job location. This data is provided for information only and does not represent a guarantee or commitment by the Irrigation Foundation.​

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