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Arnold Irrigation District - Patrolman / Ditchrider

Posted: 7/14/2021
Salary: $24 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.


  • Reports and coordinates activities with the Field Supervisor.
  • Interact with and strive to maintain good working relationships with water users.
  • Operate gates, checks, turnouts to regulate waterflow into canals and laterals.
  • Measure diversions of water from canals, laterals and sublaterals to users to verify that delivered water is within right.
  • Monitor and use the telemetry network to confirm adequacy of present and projected water needs.
  • Patrol assigned area by motor vehicle, by foot or any other management approved manner to detect leaks, breaks, weak areas, or obstructions and damage to the irrigation system.
  • Remove debris and make emergency repairs to banks, structures and gates.
  • Close diversions for which assessments have not been paid.
  • Curtail unauthorized or excessive diversions.
  • Develop seasonal maintenance project list during irrigation season.
  • Prepare reports as required detailing delivery information and any other information required by the District.
  • Observe and document laterals with submerged weirs and inadequate measurement.
  • Document and report beneficial use as required by the District.
  • Assist with fish screen and inlet structure flow management.


Mandatory Requirements:
High school diploma, or equivalent, plus a minimum one (1) year of experience and / or training in agricultural irrigation practices and / or distribution or a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required 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
  • 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 Field Supervisor during Irrigation Season and Maintenance Season.

This position is not a supervisory position. Employee may assist in direction, guidance or training in operational procedures to other employees.

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 and river diversions

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

The noise level in the field environment is usually moderate, except during certain duties when noise levels may be loud.

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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