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Baker Valley Irrigation District - Assitant Manager

Posted: 6/18/2024
Location: Baker City, OR


Application Deadline: Open Until Filled



Job Title: Assistant Manager Full Time Salary 50,000 – 75,000 per year.

Benefits: Health (Dental, Optical, Life Insurance), PERS (Retirement).

The Baker Valley Irrigation District (BVID) operates and maintains Mason Dam, a US Bureau of Reclamation Project. BVID releases and delivers irrigation water from Mason Dam to irrigators in the Baker Valley. The key features of the Mason Dam Project are Mason Dam and two re-lift pumping stations as well as twenty miles of underground stock water lines.


 BVID is an Oregon governmental Special District, non-profit Bureau of Reclamation Project, overseen by a five-member board of directors. The District operates in the best interest of both its lands and its patrons.


Job Summary: Performs duties for the District and fulfills functions related to water delivery and day-to-day operations of the irrigation district. This position performs a wide range of duties to support the District Manager and the Board of Directors to facilitate the efficient operation of the organization. This is a full-time position.


Duties: Operate Project distribution facilities (dam gates, canal gates, checks, etc.) to regulate and deliver water in accordance with Project policies. The Assistant Manager will be responsible for the constant surveillance and condition of: reservoirs, dams, canals, structures, buildings, recorder stations, and other facilities. Work with the District Manager to clean ditches and structures, repair and replace structures, build/place concrete forms and operate hand or power tools. Maintain vehicles and equipment. Ongoing training by BVID and the USBR.


Essential Job Functions:

• Perform a variety of semi-skilled and skilled duties in the distribution, measurement, and delivery of irrigation water to irrigators.

• Measurement and balancing of water distribution using weirs, meters, and basic math.

• Perform repair work in, on, and around irrigation facilities including cleaning and maintenance of irrigation canals, ditches, trash racks, pipelines and other structures as necessary to assure: (1) safe access to facilities, (2) proper operation of facilities (3) proper conveyance and distribution of irrigation water in a timely manner.

• 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.

• Curtail unauthorized or excessive diversions.



• Working knowledge of residential and farm-scale irrigation -- open canals and piped systems –       with an understanding of basic hydraulics, hydrology, and water measurement techniques.

• Basic knowledge of DC current and wiring.

• Intermediate knowledge of AC current and wiring, including 3-Phase voltage.

• Working knowledge and experience with heavy equipment.

• Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel (with basic proficiency in computer operations).

• Ability to read and understand plats, land surveys, and basic construction drawings, GIS.

• Ability to perform basic mathematical functions for accurate calculations

• Ability to understand oral and written instructions

• Ability to communicate efficiently and proficiently via voice, text, and email. When writing formal letters, reports or emails, proper grammar and spelling is essential.

• 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 accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and work rules.



• Previous experience working with telemetry and GPS systems preferred.

• May learn semi-skilled maintenance, repair, and construction work in an assigned work area.

• Responds to emergency repair requests.

• Performs related duties as assigned.

• Maintains records of maintenance and inventory of all assigned equipment.

• Ensures proper safety precautions are observed.



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.

• The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls.

• The employee is required to sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

• The employee is occasionally required to walk and balance on slippery and / or uneven terrain and narrow structures.

• Work in close proximity to moving water in irrigation canals and river diversions

• Ability to perform strenuous physical activities, occasionally lifting to 80 lbs.

• Ability to walk several miles in a day over rough terrain.

• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

• Outside weather exposure.

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

• Work emergency on-call during the irrigation season ( March 1 – October 31), to working a 50 hour work week that may include weekends during the irrigation season (with occasional over-time as necessary), and to carry a phone that is always on, and that you must respond to during the irrigation season.



• Exposure to the sun: 25% to 100% work time spent outside a building.

• Use of ladders or other work surfaces from 1 to 12 feet above ground.

• Performs manual labor in sub-zero to 100-degree temperatures.

• Occasional work in the vicinity of constant/intermittent/loud noises/sounds.

• Frequently works on unusually wet and/or slippery surfaces.

• Frequent work in or around areas with small to large amounts of dust present.

• Occasional work where gases, fumes, and odors are present

• Confined/Restricted Spaces Infrequent entry into confined/restricted work environments.

• Frequent work involving oils, solvents, paints, greases, and lubricants



• Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the necessary knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

• A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be Graduation from High School

or Equivalent.

• Experience working in an irrigation setting preferred.



• Possession of a valid Oregon Driver License.

• Oregon Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A, or ability to obtain within 6 months.

• Dam Operator Certification upon district request.


Possession and proof of a good driving record as evidenced by freedom from multiple or

serious traffic violations or accidents for at least two (2) years duration.


The specific statements shown in each section of this job description are not intended to be all-

inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job and

meeting the needs of the district.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the

employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.