Associate Environmental Specialist

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA4.1

Full-time$42 - $55 an hour
This position reports directly to the Section Manager and supports environmental and water quality studies and projects, including monitoring pertinent rules and regulations. This position has the primary responsibility of assisting with addressing legislation and regulations regarding wastewater, storm water, hazardous materials/waste, air quality, power, workplace safety, and water quality. The legislative and regulatory analyses will include summaries, proposed position, and determining impacts on Metropolitan and member agencies. The position will contribute to materials (e.g., memoranda, letters and presentation material) used for internal briefings to management and Metropolitan’s Board. The position will collaborate with others to determine the impacts of legislation and regulations on water system operations. The position will work with staff within Metropolitan (e.g., External Affairs, Legal, Water Resource Management) and external industry advocacy groups to address state and federal legislation and regulations. The position will attend and represent Metropolitan at public meetings and other forums on legislation and regulations and that affect water system operations.

1. Plans, coordinates, and conducts environmental studies and projects, including monitoring quality, budget, schedule, and compliance with environmental specifications, rules, regulations, and laws.
2. Prepares and disseminates information regarding pertinent regulatory and legislative issues.
3. Prepares technical reports and may conduct presentations.
4. Interfaces with regulatory agencies at Metropolitan facilities to coordinate environmental projects and address issues.
5. Coordinates internal review of documents from external entities and compiles comments.

Work Schedule: 9/80, Alternate Fridays off

Job-Related Selection Criteria
15% Job Preparation
5% Project Management
10% Teamwork
20% Written Communication
25% Oral Communication
25% Technical knowledge/skills (including knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental regulations such as Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Toxic Substance Control Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; ability to prepare and process environmental documents and permits; make presentations, knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
100% Total

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 Masters degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and two years of relevant experience.

Relevant experience is defined as experience in one or more of the following: wastewater, storm water, water quality, hazardous materials/waste, air quality, workplace safety, power, and regulatory/legislative review process.

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.

Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:

  • Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment
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 plans.
  • Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
  • Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 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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