Hydrological Monitoring Program Specialist

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA, US

Under direction of the Irrigation Lead in the Department of Facilities Services (Facilities), perform all aspects of the University’s Hydrological Monitoring Program (HMP). The HMP is critical in monitoring and ensuring the responsible use of University water resources. Take proactive approach to work and provide timely, transparent communication to leadership. Collaborate with Facilities and other University departments to complete assignments required to maintain the campus irrigation system in an effective and timely manner. Provide HMP and irrigation system training and expertise to your colleagues. Act as liaison between Facilities and the Department of Regulatory Affairs, providing regular reports and updates. Provide exceptional customer service to campus stakeholders and visitors.


Provide senior level irrigation system support to landscape and irrigation teams. Visually survey the campus looking for any signs of system malfunctions or incorrect irrigation. Document any conditions, events, or actions that result in the “loss” of water into the drainage system or ponding of water. Identify and document the cause of the loss or ponding and take appropriate corrective action. Visually inspect lake levels at Alumni Park and enter readings on the appropriate log. Coordinate appropriate pump station intake adjustments and document all actions appropriately. Take soil probe samples in different irrigation zone locations and record representative samples. Monitor groundwater wells and water meters and record data.
Oversee and perform troubleshooting, inspection, installation, and repairs for campus irrigation systems. Schedule and perform preventative maintenance programs and duties for campus irrigation systems. Inspect, clean, adjust, repair, rebuild, install, assemble, and/or replace all types irrigation system components including sprinkler heads, control values, filters, pressure regulators, motors, etc.
Follow instructions and complete tasks as assigned such as erosion control, storm and area drain maintenance, preparation of campus areas for special events, and other special projects. Assist others with assignments as needed. Safely and effectively operate power and handheld tools and equipment. Maintain tools, equipment, and clean work areas.
Identify and address issues in need of attention and generate work orders accordingly. Accurately record and report all work performed indicating the time and materials expended. Perform regular administrative tasks such as maintaining files, processing paperwork, entering data, and monitoring systems. Prepare and properly maintain all required records.
Research, prepare, and present information and reports as requested. Maintain required trade-specific training and certifications and obtain further training as needed. Recommend and participate in continuous departmental and process improvements, including staff training programs. Collaborate with vendors and contractors as required.
Manage materials, parts, and equipment, including inventory tracking, record keeping, product research, and supply procurement. Perform all work, and monitor equipment and systems for compliance with safety procedures, including proper use of personal protective equipment, plans and specifications, applicable codes, industry standards, best practices, and Pepperdine standards.
Follow instructions and perform other duties as assigned.
Uphold University mission through work performed.
The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Graduation from high school or its equivalent. Minimum of four (4) years paid irrigation experience. Broad technical knowledge of irrigation system installation, maintenance techniques, and equipment. Must be able to organize and properly handle equipment, materials, documents, and keep appropriate records. English written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills are required. Basic computer skills and competency with Microsoft Office. Must consistently demonstrate a commitment to teamwork. Must consistently project a professional demeanor and positive attitude, and be able to effectively and professionally communicate with and answer inquiries from visitors and the University community. Willingness and ability to periodically work overtime hours, respond to emergency calls after hours/weekends, and work rotating weekend shifts. Must be flexible to accept assignments in various Campus locations, as well as changes in assignments. Must hold a valid California Driver’s license, maintain an acceptable DMV driving record, and remain insurable by University insurance carrier at all times while employed.  

Preferred: Experience with computerized work order software, such as TMA, is preferred.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening.

This is a regular, nonexempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience