Watershed Tender

Control equipment to regulate waterflow and water level in reservoirs.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$32,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Watershed Tenders do?

Controls equipment to regulate waterflow and water level in reservoirs: Turns valves and pulls levers to regulate waterflow through aqueduct and floodgates. Reads gauges and meters to control specified waterflow, water levels, and water pressure in reservoir. Records data, such as water level, turbidity, temperature, and flow rate. Lubricates and performs minor repairs to equipment, using handtools. Patrols area to detect property damage and to prevent trespassing. May tend heating apparatus to prevent freezing of valves and gates. May add chemicals to water to retard organic growth such as algae.


Should I be a Watershed Tender?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Reservoir Caretaker

    How to become a Watershed Tender

    We recommend at least a Certificate. Check out these schools offering Watershed Tender-related education!
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