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American Water Senior Water Quality & Environmental Compliance Specialist in Sacramento, California

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

If you love working in a fast-paced environment, have a passion for water quality and have experience with lab and environmental compliance, being a Senior Water Quality & Environmental Compliance Specialist with California American Water may be the perfect fit.

The Senior Water Quality & Environmental Compliance Specialist will be responsible for organizing advanced functions and activities related to environmental management and water quality for assigned facilities and will be responsible for maintaining all applicable lab certifications, accreditations, or approvals to conduct compliance and process quality control work. In this role you will also implement the day-to-day collection of water quality samples and programs to ensure compliance with all water quality and environmental regulations, as well as assist in resolving treatment issues and investigate water quality complaints and determine the course of action needed.

Key Accountabilities

• Manage monitoring and reporting programs to ensure compliance with federal and state water quality and environmental regulations and company standards for assigned facilities.

• Conduct advanced sampling and/or analysis and special projects.

• Obtain, prepare, file and maintain all regulatory reports and records.

• Manage required permits and make any necessary modifications and renewals.

• Participate in internal and external audits and represent American Water with regulators and customers.

• Identify potential issues and problems, and initiate responsive actions and mitigate environmental violations.

• Supervise, monitor, and calibrate analyzers/equipment, etc. to ensure established standards of performance and accuracy are maintained.

• Conduct advanced 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.


  1. Knowledge of chemistry and laboratory technique and QA/QC programs.

  2. Knowledge of federal and state environmental standards and regulations and understanding of current environmental legislation and regulations.

  3. Regulatory knowledge of proper lab analytical testing methods.

  4. Thorough processing skills and good working knowledge of computer programs, databases and software to support specific assignments.

  5. 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 Planning, Biology or related field, or equivalent experience. Five (5) years’ experience in water, wastewater, and laboratory operations.


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