Ditch Rider Wanted


Montrose based ditch and reservoir company/water district has an opening for ditch rider position, to be filled as soon as possible, with employment to start April 1, 2016. The position requires a self-starting, motivated person who has several skills and can work alone and following instructions with minimal supervision. The job requires the ditch rider to live in ditch rider’s house at Cerro Summit (about 14 miles from Montrose) year around.
Education and Experience Requirements: high school diploma or equivalent, ability to use hand tools, valid Colorado driver’s license with no restrictions and good record, ability to use basic office equipment (including computer with internet, tablets, cellular phone, copy and fax machines, printers, etc.). A pre-employment drug screening, physical, and background check will be required.

Other experience and skills preferred, but not required, include: work experience in construction, ditch operations, parks or grounds maintenance, operation of heavy equipment and machinery, welding.

Job Duties include: maintenance of the ditch rider residence, maintenance of equipment and vehicles and tools, equipment, and machinery, operation and maintenance of approx. 60 miles of canals, ditches and laterals and related structures within the jurisdiction of the Company/District, work with Division Engineer regarding diversions and storage of water under all water rights decrees, headgate adjustments and control as necessary and control and recording of flows and volumetric quantities of water supplied to water users, operation of SilverJack & Fish Lake Reservoirs, attending workshops as required from time to time (including a workshop to obtain certification by the Bureau of Reclamation as a dam tender), work with water users and management, notify management of areas of concern and needs of the company, and such other duties as prescribed from time to time. Ditch rider must be available to be on call 24/7 during the irrigation season to handle emergencies regarding the ditch and reservoir systems and regarding water deliveries. Work will require periodic heavy lifting.

Salary and Benefits: Starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Other benefits include: house and utilities, business use of pickup and ATV are provided at the expense of employer, 2 weeks paid vacation (during the off season only), Employer contribution to retirement plan and health insurance.
Application form can be obtained from, and are to be submitted to, the offices of Bostwick Park Water Conservancy District and Cimarron Canal & Reservoir Co. at 400 South 3rd Street, Montrose, CO 81401, or call 970-249-8707, or email to bostwickpark@qwestoffice.net for further information. Application forms also available online at bostwickcimarronwater. com