Irrigation Specialist

Irrigation specialists are employees that are not only responsible for designing and installing irrigation systems, but they ensure that the irrigation system works efficiently and conserves water by inspecting, auditing, adjusting, and repairing it.

Career Details

Irrigation specialists work with a variety of different equipment, at times you may find that they install water timers with heavy machinery. And because you work most of the time outdoors, you might be exposed to extreme weather temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, or even unpleasant odors. 

Irrigation specialists perform many duties, they monitor water levels in wells and reservoirs to ensure enough water is available for irrigation purposes. They install or repair drainage systems to prevent flooding. They conduct research and find additional sources of water for irrigation purposes. 

Skills required for this career:
  • Good verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to read blueprints 
  • Leadership skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
Study options:
  • Bachelor in Agricultural Science 
  • B.Sc. Soil Science
  • B.Sc. Botany 
  • National Certificate: Landscape Irrigation
  • Government departments 
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Farms 
  • Research institutions
  • Private companies 
  • Landscaping companies 
  • Golf courses