Senior Water Quality & Environmental Compliance Specialist

  • California American Water
  • PA - Norristown
  • May 13, 2019
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Management Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

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 

  • Responsible for organizing advanced functions and activities related to environmental management and water quality for assigned facilities.
  • Responsible for maintaining all applicable lab certifications, accreditations, or approvals to conduct compliance and process quality control work. Implements the day to day collection of water quality samples. Implements programs to ensure compliance with all water quality and environmental regulations. Assists in resolving 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 and company standards for assigned facilities. Conduct advanced sampling and/or analysis and special projects. (50%) 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 (10%)
  • Supervise, monitor, and calibrate analyzers/equipment, etc. to ensure established standards of performance and accuracy are maintained (10%)
  • Conduct advanced projects and prepare reports as needed (5%) 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 (5%)

Knowledge / Skills 

  • 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. Must understand principles of water and/or wastewater treatment and be able to troubleshoot systems.


Champions safety

Customer obsessed

Cultivates innovation

Nimble learning

Drives Results


Experience / Education 


  • Minimum Five (5) years experience in water, wastewater, and laboratory operations.



  • Bachelor's Degree - Environmental/Science related degree preferred.

Work Environment 

  • Laboratory, Indoor/Outdoor, production/office environments.

Travel Requirements 

  • Local and regional.
  • Rare overnight travel may be required. 


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 he or she is an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

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