The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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Job Summary

Metropolitan’s Water System Operations Group, Environmental Health and Safety Program Support Unit has one (1) opening for an Associate Environmental Specialist available at its Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.
As an Associate Environmental Specialist you will be responsible for managing environmental permits, plans, studies and reports, and maintaining positive relationships with internal customers and outside agencies. You will monitor federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, and issues that may directly or indirectly impact the District and provide recommendations, tools, and systems to manage compliance.

A few of your primary responsibilities will include: managing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater and storm water permits; applying for permits, and negotiating permit terms and conditions with regulatory agencies; reviewing and preparing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for construction and industrial storm water discharges; reviewing laboratory analytical reports and preparing wastewater discharge Self Monitoring Reports (SMRs) for submittal to Publicly-Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) and Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs); developing and implementing plans, procedures, and Best Management Practices (BMPs) to manage compliance issues related to facility and pipeline dewatering operations covered under the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Statewide General Permit for Discharges from Drinking Water System; and collecting water and wastewater samples and conducting field analysis for pH and total chlorine residual during shutdown dewatering activities; 

You may also be called on to cross train in and support other environmental program management areas, such as, air quality, underground storage tanks, aboveground storage tanks, hazardous materials and hazardous waste.   


1. Plans, coordinates, and conducts environmental studies and projects, including monitoring quality, budget, schedule, and compliance with environmental specifications, rules, regulations, and laws.

2. Researches, analyzes, and prepares documentation for compliance with environmental guidelines and project improvements that minimize environmental impacts.

3. Prepares and disseminates information regarding pertinent regulatory and legislative issues.

4. Prepares technical reports and may conduct presentations.

5. Interfaces with regulatory agencies at Metropolitan facilities to coordinate environmental projects and address issues.

6. Reviews consultants’ work, prepares and processes work orders, and may participate in the selection process and administration of professional services agreements.

7. Coordinates internal review of documents from external entities and compiles comments.

8. Prepares checklists, protocols, procedures, and manuals.

9. May participate on a project team.

10. Performs other related Environmental Specialist job duties as required.

1. Prepares curriculum materials and conducts training.

2. Performs sampling, packaging, chain of custody, and shipping related to wastewater and hazardous substances.

3. Maintains environmental regulatory permits.

4. Develops and implements environmental programs to meet regulatory requirements; and establishes, documents, and communicates standards, guidelines, and procedures.

5. Conducts inspections for compliance with environmental program requirements.  Participates on program audit and assessment teams.  Documents results and participates in corrective action development where deficiencies are found.

6. Responds to emergency calls or events and ensures compliance with applicable environmental procedures and standards.

7. Documents and investigates environmental incidents.

8.  Provides environmental compliance support for shutdowns.

9. Acts as a liaison with regulatory agencies and professional organizations.

10. Directs activities of outside contractors.

Work Schedule: 9/80 (Alternate Fridays Off)

45% Technical Knowledge and Skills
15% Oral Communication
10% Job Preparation
10% Conflict Management
10% Teamwork
10% Written Communication

Job Requirements

Education and Experience: 
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four years of relevant experience; or two years in an MWD Assistant Environmental Specialist II classification; or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and two years of relevant experience.

Relevant Experience is Defined as: Experience in: 1) applying for and/or complying with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater and/or Publicly-Owned Treatment Works (POTW) permits; 2) understanding and reviewing laboratory analytical reports; and 3) preparing and/or reviewing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs).

General Required Knowledge of:  Theories and practices of environmental science, methods, and techniques used to conduct environmental analyses and investigations; principles and practices of technical research, analyses, and report preparation; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations; and current office technology and equipment.

Environmental Health and Safety Required Knowledge of:  Analytical protocols and scientific terms used in water and hazardous material testing; laboratory data analysis and interpretation used to conduct environmental investigations, and water treatment and distribution processes and operations.

General Required Skills and Abilities to:  Make presentations; negotiation skills; analytical skills; use spreadsheets, databases, presentation applications and project management tools; use independent judgment and exercise discretion; problem solve; prioritize and multi-task; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and in a team environment; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications.

License required: Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment is required at the time of your application.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands:  The work is primarily sedentary.  Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work.  However, some of the time will involve some physical exertion such as long periods of  standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; bending; carrying of light items such as paper, books, or small parts; driving an automobile, etc.  No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Work Environment:  The work environment is primarily in an office setting involving  everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, and residences or commercial vehicles, e.g., use of safe work practices with office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals, etc.  The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.  However, some of the time may be outdoors that may involve moderate risks or discomforts.  Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as coats, boots, sunglasses and gloves.

Vision Requirements:  No special vision requirements.


• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision and retirement plans, including pension plan and 401k (with matching contribution), tuition reimbursement, and more
• Training and advancement opportunities
• On-site fitness center
• Excellent working environment
• Hub of public transportation: rail, subway, buses, and taxis
• Public transportation reimbursements and van pools

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email

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