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Maintenance Mechanic- Irrigation

Etobicoke  |  Full-time (Union)  |  Racing
Maintenance Mechanic- Irrigation
Full-time (Union)
TB Racing Surfaces
Our rich history is a big part of who we are.  With historic roots dating back over 135 years, Woodbine is steeped in tradition. We have been the engine that drives the Ontario horse racing industry. From King’s and Queen’s trips to Canada, anniversaries and unforgettable horse races, we have been creating winning experiences for all our guests.

We are currently on an amazing 20-year journey to ‘build a city within a city’ and transform the largest privately held land in Toronto into one of Canada’s premiere entertainment destinations.  This journey will unlock the value of approximately 700 acres of land, leading to job creation and the revitalization of our communities, while enhancing our ability to share the thrill of horse-racing and cementing our place as an entertainment powerhouse. 
We need dedicated people to join our cause. Be part of Woodbine Entertainment and get inspired to make work awesome!

Our Values & Beliefs

Reporting to the Senior Manager, Racing Surfaces, the Maintenance - Irrigation, as a valued member of the Racing Surface Team, is a unionized position responsible for the irrigation of the turf race and training courses at Woodbine Racetrack. This will include the daily operations, assessment, maintenance, repair, and upgrade of the irrigation system to insure dependable, consistent irrigation coverage, contributing to safe, world class turf courses. As a team member, the Maintenance Mechanic will assist with the repair, maintenance and operational set up of the turf courses, providing safe, consistent surfaces for thoroughbred horses to race and train over. 


  • Inspect turf courses, monitor and record moisture levels
  • Schedule and operate Rain Bird Site Control and Baseline irrigation systems on turf race, training courses and nursery, maintaining turf grass at moisture levels satisfactory for turf grass racing and training
  • Trouble shoot irrigation performance issues including but not limited to sprinkler, pump, satellite malfunction and water line breaks
  • Advise Manager of irrigation performance issues, making recommendations for their correction and opportunities for improvement
  • Complete repairs/upgrade to irrigation system as required in a planned, professional manner including excavation, repair, backfilling and turf re-establishment
  • Direct and train coworkers in the operations/repair of the irrigation systems
  • Complete and maintain all documents/records of the irrigation systems required including work orders, log books, inspection logs and other documents used in the performance of your duties
  • Pressurize, depressurize, and winterize irrigation systems as required
  • Maintain an inventory of repaired/ new replacement sprinklers, sprinkler parts, pipe, and fittings
  • Work with turf courses maintenance crew to complete course maintenance, repairs and rail setups as required


  • College diploma in field related to Turfgrass Management or University of Guelph Turfgrass Short Course preferred
  • Minimum grade 12 diploma
  • Advanced training in irrigation system operation, controllers, pump stations pipe fitting, and irrigation system design is an asset
  • Minimum 3 years related experience in the operation of high pressure/volume turf irrigation systems
  • Must have and maintain a valid Ontario Drivers license
  • Must be able to acquire and maintain a valid Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, (AGCO) license 
  •  Advance knowledge of automated irrigation and pumping systems specifically designed to operate at high pressure and volume, specifically MCI Pump Station, Rain Bird Site Control program, Baseline Control Systems and Mirage 125, Rain Bird DR95, 87 Rotor and Eagle sprinklers
  • Advanced knowledge turf maintenance procedures for athletic surfaces
  • General knowledge of WHMIS and Health and Safety Acts and procedures
  • General knowledge of the horse racing industry and turf racing is an asset
  • General knowledge of the track surfaces and related issues and machinery is an asset 
  • Ability to plan and work independently to complete work assignments
  • Demonstrate professionalism, courtesy, consideration, and respect into coworkers, internal and WEG guests always
  • General leadership and people skills with a demonstrated ability to work as team player in the racing Surfaces Department
  • Ability to respond in a timely and effective manner to unexpected and immediate needs of the racing Surfaces Department
  • General computer skills in Windows and Microsoft Office Suit environment
  • Able to understand, read, write, and converse effectively in English
  • The hours of work will vary and include, days, evening, overnights, weekends, holidays, and overtime