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Sr Water Quality & Environmental Compliance Specialist

Company: American Water
Location: Pacific Grove
Posted on: July 1, 2024

Job Description:

Requisition ID: 106576

Share Our Purpose. Be Yourself. Feel Valued.

People are the heart of our business. As an American Water employee, you will be offered a competitive salary and health benefits package, along with opportunities to develop, grow, and evolve your career. Our benefits packages focus on key areas such as health & wellness, emotional & well-being, and savings for current & future goals.

We are Beautifully Different . We strongly believe having diversity across our company makes us more successful and helps us provide essential services to our customers. We are stronger because we embrace different ideas, viewpoints, experiences, and backgrounds. American Water is the best choice for your next role! Click here for more information on our inclusion, diversity, and equity journey.

About American Water
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing - by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water's 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company's national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.

American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Indexfor the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron's 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense - Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

For more information, visit and join American Water on LinkedIn , Facebook , Twitter and Instagram .

Primary Role

This position will work on-site at the Pacific Grove, CA office.

Position Range: $71,136.00 to $134,676.00

The base salary range represents a good faith salary range for this position. This position is eligible for annual incentive pay and has the opportunity for continued salary growth. If you are hired at American Water your base salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as market, geography, skills, education and/or experience. At American Water, we are committed to pay equity.

In addition to compensation, you will be offered a comprehensive benefits package including 401(k), Defined Contribution Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage, plus disability, paid time off, life insurance, voluntary benefits, health and wellness programs and much more!

American Water is also proud to offer employees learning opportunities and work experiences to grow professionally!

Responsible for organizing advanced functions and activities related to water quality and environmental compliances for assigned facilities. Responsible for maintaining all applicable certifications, accreditations, or approvals to conduct regulatory compliance and process quality control work. Implements programs to ensure compliance with all applicable water quality and environmental regulations related to Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Clean Air Act. Assists in resolving water treatment issues. Investigates water quality complaints and determines course of action needed.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manage monitoring and reporting programs to ensure compliance with federal and state water quality and environmental regulations as well as company standards for assigned facilities.
  • Manage required permits and make any necessary modifications and renewals.
  • Identify potential issues and problems and initiate responsive actions and mitigate environmental violations.
  • Obtain, prepare, file, and maintain all applicable regulatory compliance reports and records.
  • Manage and coordinate with Operations for waste management and site inspections
  • Coordinate the cross-connection compliance program for assigned facilities.
  • Conduct water quality sampling as assigned.
  • Participate in internal and external audits and represent American Water with regulators and customers.
  • Conduct advanced water quality and environmental compliance investigation projects and prepare reports as needed.
  • Investigate and respond to escalated water quality complaints or concerns.
  • Responsible for planning, preparing, and controlling the portion of the financial plan relating to responsibilities.


    • Knowledge of chemistry and laboratory technique and QA/QC programs.
    • Knowledge of federal and state environmental standards and regulations and understanding of current environmental legislation and regulations.
    • Regulatory knowledge of proper lab analytical testing methods.
    • Thorough processing skills and good working knowledge of computer programs, databases, and software to support specific assignments.
    • Must understand principles of water and/or wastewater treatment and be able to troubleshoot systems.

      Process, project and program management skills; quantitative skills (e.g., analytical, technical, problem solving); effective people management (e.g., planning, organizing, controlling and leading teams); written and verbal communications (e.g., fluency in report writing and presentations); interpersonal skills (e.g., persuasion, negotiation, listening, cooperation, tact, diplomacy, problem solving, internal consulting).


      • Bachelor's degree in environmental science/engineering or related science fields.
      • Five (5) years' experience in water, wastewater, and laboratory operations or equivalent.
      • Water, Wastewater Operators' certifications, or American Water Works Association (AWWA) or American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) Certification as a Cross Connection Control Specialist are highly desired.


        Must hold a valid State issued Driver's License.


        Champions safety

        Customer obsessed

        Cultivates innovation

        Nimble learning

        Drives Results


        Join American Water... We Keep Life Flowing ---

        American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because they are an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

        Nearest Major Market: Salinas

Keywords: American Water, Salinas , Sr Water Quality & Environmental Compliance Specialist, Other , Pacific Grove, California

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