About Us


The Tulare Irrigation District is a political subdivision of the State of California – an independent agency operating under the California Water Code. Our purpose is to obtain and deliver a surface water supply for the irrigation of farms in the District and for the recharge of the groundwater basin underlying the District. The District delivers surface water to approximately 230 farms. The exterior boundary encompasses an area of 77,000 acres (Including the City of Tulare which is not part of the District). District acreage is approximately 70,000 acres.

District Announcements

Position Available - District Engineer

Shepherd Engineering Search is partnering with Tulare Irrigation District (TID) to find an engineer to become their District Engineer.  TID is looking for an Engineer with experience in project design, planning, and implementation to oversee capital improvement plans, assist with grants and grant management, and engage with the public on behalf of TID.


The District Engineer serves in a management role and is a key member of the management team.  The District Engineer carries a large amount of responsibility and duties on behalf of TID and its growers. 


Water Resources management is key to California's agriculture communities’ ability to provide healthy food and fiber to the world.  The agricultural industry provides critical jobs and economic stability for communities in the Tulare area.  TID’s purpose is to obtain and deliver surface water supply for the irrigation of approximately 65,000 irrigated acres. TID is growing steadily to meet the irrigation and water management demands of our region. TID provides a friendly and flexible work environment by valuing our team members and their families.


TID is one of the oldest irrigation districts in the State of California and has water supplies that allow them to engage on a statewide platform. TID and the Board of Directors are very progressive with moving in new directions and preparing for the future. The TID Capital Improvement Program is aggressive and valued at $57 million. TID has invested in new technology like Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) equipment and subsurface imaging systems and is leading the way in groundwater recharge and incentive programs.


Skills and requirements needed for this role include:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience, with preference being 10+ years of experience.
  • EIT or PE in CA is desired.
  • A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a similar degree is required.
  • Water resources management, including canal and pipeline designs, grant experience, and construction management are desired.
  • Pipeline and pump station design experience is desired.

Compensation for this position is dependent on experience and will likely be in the range of $90,000 to $150,000 per year. TID contributes 5% and will match up to another 4% of employee contributions to retirement.  Full medical for employees and 85% contribution to dependents. Bonus potential upon General Manager’s recommendation. As part of the management team, a District vehicle will also be provided.


Please contact Stephanie Shimek if you are interested in exploring this opportunity or if you have people in mind to recommend:




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