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Arnold Irrigation District - Field Supervisor

Posted: 7/14/2021
Salary: $35 an hour
Location: Bend, OR

Distributes irrigation water to the users of the District’s water rights within their assigned area in accordance with Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules, District Policies and Procedures and District management direction using information based upon decrees, partial decrees, permits, licenses and transfers.


  • Supervise the patrolmen/ditch riders during the irrigation season and during non-season livestock water runs. Responsibilities include:
    - Ensure the ditchriders are performing their essential job functions. o Receive and document the ditchrider daily water readings.
    - Provide ditchrider training as necessary.
    - Assist in and oversee maintenance projects in off season.
  • Address patron water delivery issues.
    - Respond to patron complaints and requests in a timely manner.
    - Analyze patron issue, determine appropriate course of action, and implement resolution.
    - Curtail diversions for patrons with unpaid assessments.
    - Curtail unauthorized or excessive diversions.
    - Work with water right users to resolve issues interfering with or preventing the distribution of water according to OWRD direction.
  • Review and evaluate water reports, records, logs and graphs including the monitoring and use of the telemetry network to confirm adequacy of present and projected water needs.
  • Schedule seasonal turn-on and shut-off dates.
  • Schedule water stock runs.
  • Participate in and coordinate Safety Committee activities.
  • Coordinate patron relations, service and education.
  • Review and investigate requests for new deliveries and water right transfers to verify that the request is allowable.
  • Verify that the instream lease requests are handled appropriately, i.e. that the water is not diverted inappropriately.
  • Serve as emergency service contact and determine action to be taken in the event of emergencies.
  • Interface with the State watermaster and other related districts’ watermasters.
  • Review and code invoices as appropriate.
  • Assist with Building and implement the annual operations and maintenance budget in coordination with the District Manager, and other personnel as appropriate.


Mandatory Requirements:
Associates Degree, or equivalent, from two-year college or technical school or a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that requires the desired knowledge and abilities.

Must demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Familiar with plant species (agricultural grasses, crops and noxious weeds)
  • Familiar with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology
  • Ability to interpret maps and aerial photography
  • Ability to use a computer
  • Slippery and / or uneven terrain
  • Exposure to domestic animals and wild animals
  • Exposure to risk of electric shock
  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Ability to perform basic mathematical functions for accurate calculations
  • Ability to understand oral and written instructions
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a crew
  • Ability to establish an effective working relationship with other employees, supervisors, outside contractors, and the public
  • Possess excellent time management skills and ability to efficiently prioritize work tasks
  • Ability to operate motor vehicles, machines and tools safely and in conformance with applicable laws, regulations and work rules
  • Excellent communication skills

Special Requirements/Licenses:
Possession of a valid Oregon driver’s license. Must have a safe driving record. Employee must live within thirty (30) minutes of the employee’s area of responsibility. Operate heavy equipment as needed. Maintain CDL license, CPR/AED and Standard First Aid certifications if applicable.

Desirable Requirements:
Previous experience working with telemetry and GPS systems; irrigation district water measurement and delivery practices; water right knowledge.

The employee works under the supervision of the Managing Director.

The employee works under the supervision of the Managing Director.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and rarely lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Telemetry instruments and tools, GPS instruments, computer, telephone system, copy and fax machine, water measuring devices. District vehicles and other maintenance tools and equipment required to perform the assigned duties.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly must work within the following conditions:

  • Outside weather exposure
  • Close proximity to moving water in irrigation canals
  • Small work areas (telemetry stations and pipe)
  • Slippery and / or uneven terrain
  • Exposure to domestic animals
  • Exposure to risk of electric shock
  • Hazardous road conditions
  • Barbed wire fencing
  • Hostile patrons

Occasionally the employee may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.

This description covers the most significant essential and auxiliary duties performed but does not include other occasional work which may be similar, related to, or logical assignment to the position.

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