Job Position

Irrigation Auditor

Irrigation auditors evaluate whether installed irrigation systems are working as designed. They measure and analyze irrigation water use, identify components that need repair or replacement, and recommend a watering schedule. Auditors also identify opportunities to improve water-use efficiency and reduce costs to operate the system.


  • Collect data on-site and determine irrigation uniformity and efficiency.
  • Document system problems, including broken pipes, missing or broken sprinkler heads, leaking seals and fittings, and other malfunctions.
  • Make maintenance recommendations and perform minor repairs to keep the irrigation system working reliably and cost effectively.
  • Develop recommended irrigation schedules based on water requirements and site’s unique conditions.
  • Estimate potential dollar and water savings from implementing innovative irrigation technologies, products and practices.
  • Work with irrigation manager, irrigation designer, property owners, contractors and/or maintenance personnel to make recommended repairs and implement solutions.

Education & Experience

  • High school diploma/GED required; two-year associate degree preferred.
  • Two to three years irrigation installation experience required.
  • Recommended certification: Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) or Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor (CGIA).


  • $45,000 – $65,000*

*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.

Possible Career Path: Irrigation Manager