2020 Seasonal Irrigation Technician

McCrory Gardens

South Dakota State University


Accepting Applications: 1-24-20 – 3-31-20


Number of Positions: 1


Season: Full Time (40hr/week) – May 11 – August 21

              Part Time (10-20hr/week) – April 23 – May 10 | August 22 – Dec 21


Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm M-F (some weekend and evening hours may be required) ​


Pay: According to experience and qualifications


Job Description: The Seasonal Irrigation Technician will be an employee of McCrory Gardens and South Dakota State University, under the general supervision of the Head Gardener and Crew Leader. The Seasonal Irrigation Technician will play an important role in maintaining McCrory Gardens and its diverse plantings during the spring, summer, and fall seasons through the operation, installation, maintenance and repair of manual, semi-automatic and automatic irrigation systems. Together with a team of gardeners, volunteers, and maintenance technicians, as well as the McCrory Gardens administration team, the Seasonal Irrigation Technician’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following.

Primary Tasks:

  • Assist with preventative maintenance of designated system;

  • Assist in maintaining and recording irrigation parts inventory;

  • Check irrigation system daily for leaks;

  • Monitor and perform irrigation of plantings, especially during time of establishment and drought;

  • Perform all maintenance and repair of irrigation systems;

  • Scheduling and monitoring of automatic irrigation systems;

  • Perform all routine maintenance of water features (fountains, waterfall, etc);

  • Install new irrigation systems;

  • Update irrigation maps;


Secondary Tasks:

  • Assist in transplanting of 40,000+ annuals, perennials, vines, bulbs, grasses, shrubs, and trees;

  • Install various annual display beds as well as containers;

  • Care for diverse plantings located throughout McCrory Gardens;

  • Perform seasonal landscape work including pruning, clean-up, bulb planting, dividing and transplanting;

  • Scout for pests and disease and correctly manage via pesticides or cultural practices;

  • Stage equipment, supplies, and materials for daily operations;

  • Operate a variety of hand tools, power tools and vehicles needed for daily operations;

  • Participate in trash removal procedures, as needed;

  • Maintain highest standards for cleanliness and order throughout McCrory Gardens;

  • Maintain equipment and tools needed to perform daily tasks;



  • ​Strong gardening skills

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

  • Willing to work in all types of weather, under strenuous conditions

  • Team player, creative and organized

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work alone and in groups

  • Enthusiastic, work to high standards and ability to take direction

  • Strong work ethic

  • Background check required


Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Obtained or currently pursuing a degree in a related field, (Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, etc.)

  • Knowledgeable about hand tools and small machinery a plus

  • Driver’s license preferred

  • Basic irrigation/plumbing skills a plus


Applications can be picked up from the McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center or downloaded HERE. Completed applications and resumes can be dropped off at the McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center, emailed to our Head Gardener, Chris Schlenker at Christopher.Schlenker@sdstate.edu, or mailed to: 


McCrory Gardens

Attn: Chris Schlenker

South Dakota State University

Box 2140A, MVC

Brookings, SD 57007


McCrory Gardens is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.