Job Position

Irrigation Engineer

Irrigation engineers work on large or complicated landscape irrigation projects or in states that require construction plans be approved by an engineer or landscape architect. Engineers analyze existing site surveys, conduct research and identify potential structural and environmental problems. They design systems that meet all requirements, protect the structural integrity of the site and comply with all regulations. Irrigation engineers develop cost estimates and impact studies, and are actively involved in surveying and construction on the job site.


  • Meet with clients, engineers and building architects to discuss project objectives, budget and other requirements.
  • Review environmental assessments, survey reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, aerial photography, and other topographical and geologic data.
  • Analyze traffic patterns, soil drainage and conservation problems, water supply and flow, and other environmental conditions to identify engineering problems and assess project’s potential impact.
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates and material stress factors to determine design specifications.
  • Develop efficient and cost-effective irrigation designs that meet all requirements.
  • Prepare site plans, specifications, cost estimates and environmental impact assessment.
  • Direct or participate in surveying to establish reference points, grades and elevations to guide construction.
  • Monitor job site progress and ensure compliance with design specifications and environmental, safety and other government regulations.

Education & Experience

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering required; master’s degree in engineering preferred.
  • Five years civil or structural engineering and irrigation experience required; field experience in construction, irrigation or landscape installation preferred.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD or other design and geographic information systems (GIS) software.
  • Recommended certification: Professional Engineer (PE), state engineering license, Certified Irrigation Designer (CID).


  • $60,000 – $80,000

*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.​