Position Profile


Job Title:  Irrigation Management Technologist

Work Unit:  Irrigation and Farm Water, Irrigation Management

Ministry:   Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Competition Number:  1042165

Date:  April 2017
 

Purpose

 

This senior technical position supports irrigation management operations at the Alberta Irrigation Technology Centre near Lethbridge, supports irrigation water management applied research projects, leads technical evaluation of applications received under the Irrigation Efficiency Program and assists with delivery of a provincial Irrigation Management Training Program. Reporting to the Soil and Water Research Scientist, the position supports the Water for Life goal of managing water effectively to support sustainable economic development and contributes to the sustainable growth, competitiveness, and environmental performance of the agricultural industry in Alberta. This position requires in-depth knowledge of technology transfer and irrigation water management principles and practices, specialized electronic data collection equipment, irrigation scheduling computer models, irrigation equipment and system design, soil moisture measurement techniques, data analysis and interpretation, experimental design, project management, staff training and coaching, and report preparation. The incumbent works independently and is required to make decisions on multiple scientific research projects and Alberta Irrigation Technology Centre operations. This position is frequently required to independently and creatively solve problems and issues that occur in a field and office setting. This position must work with and provide expert advice in a team environment to various research scientists and technical teams, and liaise with other research partners, agencies, private companies, and the general public. The job functions require maturity in decision-making, leadership, supervision, as well as strong interpersonal skills.

Responsibilities and Activities

  1.

Irrigation management for the Alberta Irrigation Technology Centre in Lethbridge.

Activities:

  • Provide expertise for irrigation management decisions that directly affect the Alberta Irrigation Technology Centre in Lethbridge.
  • Evaluate fields, recommend irrigation strategies, keep records, and prepare annual reports.
  • Analyzed data are compiled, assessed, and reported to project leaders and the Section Director on a regular basis.
  • Supervision and training of seasonal staff, assigned to specific research projects, as required.
  • Contribute to report writing and technology transfer processes.
     
  2.

Conduct applied/adaptive research and evaluations to find viable and sustainable irrigation water management practices for crop production.

Activities:

  • Provide expert advice to project teams in the design and operation of research projects.
  • Accountable for irrigation management decisions affecting research projects. Proficiency in soil textures, water holding capacities, and crop consumptive uses are essential in making correct recommendations.
  • Responsible for precise collection, evaluation, and analysis of project data with skill in the use and maintenance of soil moisture monitoring equipment and interpretation of data related to crop water use.
  • Detailed evaluation and data manipulation, using computer programs such as Excel and the Alberta Irrigation Management Model (AIMM).
     
  3.

Assess applications and coordinate verification of irrigation system upgrades to determine the eligibility of producers for funding under the Irrigation Efficiency Program.

Activities:

  • Lead technical evaluation by ensuring incoming applications are correct and complete and by entering data into the on-line grant management system (Grantium).
  • Complete testing of any Grantium system upgrades.
  • Maintain a running-total of grant money allocated and remaining on an annual basis.
  • Communicate frequently with the Section Director to ensure applications are processed quickly and correctly.
  • Coordinate all field verifications of approved grants and conduct those in the Lethbridge area.
     
  4.

Promote irrigation management and scheduling information to the irrigation industry in Alberta.

Activities:

  • Provide expert advice, technical assistance, and information to irrigation farmers, agri-business, and other government agencies on irrigation management, through knowledge gained from research, irrigation techniques, and computer model operations.
  • Promote and demonstrate the AIMM computer model to agriculture producers, private industry, and First Nations, and provide training in a classroom setting.
  • Assist in identifying and developing training needs related to application of irrigation management models by irrigation districts, industry, and individual clients.
  • Validate the revised AIMM through the Alberta Irrigation Technology Centre and the agriculture industry.
  • Assist with weather station maintenance, as required.
  • Provide expert advice to project teams in the design and operation of research projects.
  • Accountable for irrigation management decisions affecting research projects. Proficiency in soil textures, water holding capacities, and crop consumptive uses are essential in making correct recommendations.
  • Responsible for precise collection, evaluation, and analysis of project data with skill in the use and maintenance of soil moisture monitoring equipment and interpretation of data related to crop water use.
  • Detailed evaluation and data manipulation, using computer programs such as Excel and the Alberta Irrigation Management Model (AIMM).
     
  5.

Client consultations.

Activities:

  • Provide consultation, technical assistance, and information to irrigation producers, government agencies, and agri-business on irrigation system development, irrigation management, system maintenance, and computer model operations.
  • Must stay abreast of new technologies and advancements in irrigation equipment and irrigation management techniques.
  • Consult with appropriate research scientists, irrigation engineers, or agrologists concerning irrigation-related questions and research projects.
     
  6.

Administration.

Activities:

  • Responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of a government vehicle.
  • Responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of neutron probes and other field research and plot equipment.

 

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