Faces of Water Q&A – October 2018

  • by Jason Word
  • Oct 19, 2018
  • Newsletters

Jason Word, Irrigation Field Services Manager, Modesto Irrigation District

1. Describe your job.

My duties consist of overseeing the operation, construction and maintenance of our irrigation water delivery system.  This includes coordinating irrigation water deliveries to more than 3,000 customers farming close to 60,000 acres. This is a team effort that is accomplished through utilizing the talents of the department’s field staff to meet the needs of our customers at a high level, and consistently working at making capital improvements to better serve our customers.

2. What do you like best about your job?

Serving the public, not on my own but as a team, is what I enjoy most. I work with a great group of dedicated staff – approximately 45 employees – who work hard and value one another. This creates an atmosphere of respect, creativity and vision. In this environment, it’s rewarding to see those we hire meet their full potential and become a valuable asset to not only our department, but to the district and our community as well.

3. How did you get into the water industry?

I was hired as a temporary employee at MID in 1995. I was given the task of cleaning sand out of a pipeline by hand for my first month. I actually viewed this as a great opportunity, and it led me to a full-time position as a construction maintenance worker two years later. In 2007, I was moved up to lead worker, and in 2014, promoted to my current position of Irrigation Field Services Manager.

4. What is something unique about yourself?

The greatest calling in life is my role as a husband to my wife and father to our two children. This at times can be challenging, yet in return, it is the most rewarding and brings me the most joy.

5. What is your favorite sports team?

San Francisco Giants.


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