Utah State University

Assistant Foreman (Irrigation)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/9/2020 6:10 PM)
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Facilities Maintenance
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Assistant Foreman (Irrigation) will provide direction of work assignments to maintain, repair, and sustain the campus wide irrigation systems. Coordinates assignments of irrigation employees ensuring organizational efficiency. Works in conjunction with manager in assuming responsibility for the irrigation maintenance of the University to provide an aesthetically pleasing and safe environment for the faculty, staff, students, and guests.


  • Maintains irrigation systems of all University grounds including installation, maintenance, and repair of the various pipes, valves, and related equipment.
  • Assist with the management of regional campus irrigation as needed.
  • Install irrigation and landscapes, or oversee contractors and companies involved in the installation of landscapes on USU properties.  
  • Assists in resolving personnel issues including; hiring, termination, performance evaluations, training, work allocation, and problem resolution for assigned employees.
  • Assists in management of budgets regarding irrigation by following established guidelines.
  • Assists in the prioritization of expenditures and the preparation of capital and operations budgets.
  • Monitors irrigation employee work schedules; making sure that appropriate staffing levels are maintained.
  • Enforces proper care and safe use of the equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  • Implements employee development by providing information and training on new work methods or procedures, safety regulations, work policies, codes and standards.
  • Helps to ensure that customers' needs and expectations are met by participating in the timely completion of work, and responding to inquiries from the campus community and members of the public.
  • Establishes and controls the watering schedules for all University grounds.
  • Performs snow removal, litter pick-up, leaf removal, weeding, etc.
  • Acts as the Landscape manager in conjunction with the other Assistant Foremen in the absence of the Landscape manager.
  • Serves as a member of the Sustainability Committee.
  • Acts as a liaison between the University and secondary water associations. 
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have 5 years of irrigation experience including;
    • Two years’ experience supervising two or more part time employees.
    • Two years’ experience with “smart” irrigation systems.
    • Two years’ experience with irrigation systems over 4” diameter pipes.
  • OR have 5 years’ experience overseeing IPM programs for large properties including;
    • Two years’ experience in ordering and allocating chemicals.
    • Two years’ experience calibrating a variety of fertilizing and spraying machines. 
  • OR have 5 years’ experience supervising large groups of employees including full time employees. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Horticulture, Plant Science, or Related Degree.
  • Pesticide applicators license.
  • ISA certification.
  • QWEL or IA certifications.
  • Management experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to direct employees to achieve desired results.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles, practices and techniques.
  • Ability to read and understand blue prints and digging permits.
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and applicable software.
  • Knowledge of turf and grounds irrigation maintenance at the inter-collegiate level.
  • Knowledge of applicable safety procedures.
  • Ability to make administrative, procedural decisions, and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment and services ordering, and inventory control.
  • Skill in assessing safety risks to the campus community.
  • Skill in operating snow removal equipment.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Skills in employee development and performance management.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Knowledge of differing irrigation needs for flowers and plants.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Knowledge of irrigation equipment and methods.
  • Knowledge of soil types, slope and drainage.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


This position requires moderate physical effort.  Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position, including lifting up to 25 pounds, walking and standing.  Employees must adhere to safety precautions and may be required to use protective equipment.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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