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Assistant Plant Operator, Class 1 License
Due Date: July 12, 2018

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada.  To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit www.amwater.com.

Primary Role

This position performs a variety of tasks for the proper and efficient operation of the water treatment process. This includes, but is not limited to, insuring a sufficient water supply, which complies with state and federal water quality regulations to insure public safety.

Key Accountabilities

  • Perform all functions of the position in a safe and conscientious manner, with constant regard for the safety of fellow employees and the general public. Comply with all company prescribed safety policies and procedures.
  • Performs all duties as assigned by supervision. Some duties may be directed by the Plant Operator, who is the licensed operator in responsible charge of the plant.
  • Operates, inspect, and controls electric motors, diesel engines, pumps, and valves to regulate the water treatment process.
  • Monitors and controls feed rates of chemicals including, but not limited to, chlorine, ammonia, alum, fluoride, potassium permanganate, polymer, powdered activated carbon & corrosion inhibitors into water treatment process. Understands the impact of the chemicals on the finished product.
  • Uses judgment to react to changing raw water conditions as they relate to proper treatment of water.
  • Fills treatment chemical day tanks via the use of automated transfer equipment and/or manually convey materials from drums, bags, or barrels to feed equipment.
  • Documents chemical feed activities and system performance with written reports and automatic charts.
  • Records data, such as residual content of chemicals, water pressure, power consumption, water output, and chemical consumption.
  • Monitors SCADA system, checks charts, and adjust controls to regulate flow rates and water storage and distribution of water.
  • Cleans and lubricates machines and equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Collects and tests water samples to determine basic water quality parameters including, but not limited to, chlorine residual, pH, alkalinity, bacteriological analysis, fluoride, zinc, aluminum, particle counts, and turbidity.
  • Inspects equipment and control devices for damage to the water treatment plant and piping systems, and reports as necessary.
  • Calibrate laboratory equipment to ensure quality control & prepare bacteria monitoring media, as necessary.
  • Turns valves, pulls levers, flips switches, and operates SCADA system to run and control motor driven pumps and equipment.
  • Reads flow meters and gauges to regulate equipment according to water consumption and demand.
  • Maintains plant buildings and grounds to appropriate appearance standards including, but not limited to, the clean up of chemicals accidentally spilled.
  • Accurately records daily weather information.
  • Answers customer service calls and directs them accordingly.
  • Operates waste valves and equipment to properly discharge waste.
  • Work overtime as required.
  • Drive company vehicles.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervision.



  • Functional / Technical Skills
  • Learning on the Fly
  • Organizational Agility
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management


  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Must possess an Operator's license, class 1 preferred

Please apply online at www.amwater.com 

Environmental Specialist
Due Date: June 30, 2018

AlexRenew, a premier water resource recovery enterprise, is seeking an Environmental Specialist to assist and support the implementation of cross functional environmental programs and projects.  This person supports the Chief of Production in assuring that operations, facility and property management, and maintenance, are in compliance with all federal, state and local environmental regulations, both proposed and those in progress,  A general understanding of environmental regulations, pollution prevention, environmental management systems, environmental policy development and implementation and watershed management is important to this role.

The role requires a driven, independent, analytical individual who wants to promote innovation and environmental stewardship. Additional requirements include strong analytical and critical thinking skills, superb communication and interpersonal skills, poise when confronted with sudden setbacks, ability to make decisions with less than optimal information, thirst for knowledge and the ability to learn quickly and basic knowledge of budgets.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in the development, coordination, planning and implementation and evaluation of environmental programs and/or projects mandated by federal, state and local laws and statutes.
  • Manage the AlexRenew Industrial Pretreatment program in accordance with requirements of the VPDES permit and state and federal regulations. Participates in development of control strategies and policies for sewer discharge and other water quality issues. Coordinate and collaborate with appropriate City and/or County staff in such development and implementation.
  • Lead the cross functional development and implementation of environmental policies and practices, including VEEP, EMS and ISO standards organization wide.
  • Establish, monitor and audit AlexRenew’s environmental management systems to continually improve process, compliance, financial and sustainable efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Assist in audits of AlexRenew data and recordkeeping for all regulatory compliance requirements, including wastewater, storm water, air, recycle, wastes, ISO, EMS and another other requirement; make recommendations for actions to management.
  • Interprets and explains application of laws, codes, ordinances, and procedures which govern implementation and enforcement of pretreatment and/or pollution prevention regulations.
  • Research and track all federal, state and local regulations that may affect AlexRenew
  • Advise management of pertinent and timely regulations and make recommendations on the appropriate departmental actions. 
  • Provides regulatory expertise and permit processing support to managers and staff.
  • Supports Chief in overseeing consultant’s performance of any environmental sample collection and analysis program.
  • Assists in making technical presentations to in house staff and regulatory agencies and related public agencies
  • Implements and assists in developing permit processing and inspection practices and procedures related to compliance with regulations affecting operations and facilities maintenance projects to manage environmental liabilities.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with a diverse staff; builds trust and collaborative relationships with city of Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Arlington colleagues.
  • Coordinates staff training by assisting in preparation of materials and presenting to team members on environmental programs and policies.
  • Promote and raise awareness, at all levels of an organization, of the impact of emerging environmental issues.

 Qualification Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university or college in natural science, mechanical, civil, sanitary, environmental, science or other closely related field required; Advanced degree preferred.
  • Two (2) years of experience in a wastewater treatment facility, laboratory services, storm water and pollution prevention or sanitary engineering capacity.
  • Knowledge of: principles of wastewater treatment, storm water and/or pollution prevention; common laboratory technology; current federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances; quality control practices
  • Self-starter with innovation, integrity and attention to details
  • Understanding of sustainability and environmental topics and fundamentals
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Experience working in cross-functional teams and ability to build and maintain strong and positive relationship across the organization
  • Able to communicate effectively, and to synthesize and communicate findings appropriately
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical information in a concise way to a non-technical audience, and vice versa
  • Ability to manage and organize multiple projects with competing priorities and different timescales (i.e.: checkpoints with long-term goals while completing shorter term goals)
  • Basic program or project management experience

Program Engineer
Due Date: June 30, 2018


The successful candidate will work with a team to implement a large, complex program for a major water resource recovery utility.  In this role, the candidate will deal with complex issues, coordinate and interface with stakeholders, and manage comprehensive capital planning and engineering efforts.  The candidate will provide management support for multiple projects to ensure they move together toward meeting the overall program management objectives and goals.  The successful candidate will have the ability to coordinate with engineers, stakeholders, contractors, and other parties in an enforcement environment, providing input and collaborating on decisions.  It is critical for the candidate to be strong communicator and to be able to influence others to accomplish objectives in this role. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Plan, manage, and oversee the design and construction of large-scale wet weather facilities to meet program goals.
  • Review scope, schedule and budget for engineering proposals.
  • Provide key program management support.
  • Manage project delivery and execution.
  • Interact with the Owner’s Advisor team to confirm work is progressing per schedule and budget.
  • Ensure that the work is being developed to the appropriate level of completeness and quality.
  • Simplify complex topics for non-technical audiences and prepare quick pointed summaries for executives and stakeholders.
  • Review complex technical reports, design packages, and other program deliverables.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualification Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Environmental or related engineering field required. Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Five to Ten years of experience with municipal water/wastewater utility engineering.
  • Valid Professional Engineer (PE) license in Virginia or ability to obtain Virginia license within 6 months desired.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from Project Management Institute desirable.
  • Experience in the planning, design and execution of large municipal and/or federal facilities.
  • Experience in multijurisdictional interagency coordination to implement projects.
  • Knowledge of water quality issues and associated regulatory requirements.
  • Effective communication skills i.e. ability to communicate orally and in writing - across functions and teams, up and down the chain of command
  • The ability to influence people to get things done.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Ability to proactively deal with conflict.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with a passion to accomplish capital projects. 

Physical Demands:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  A detailed Physical Demands Analysis is available in Human Resources and a copy will be provided to all incumbents in this position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee’s strength demands are typical of office work, and include lifting up to 10 pounds, and minimal pushing or pulling. The manager may, however, perform duties of subordinate staff as necessary.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Environmental conditions necessitate following strict safety guidelines and use of Personal Protective Equipment.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee performs work indoors in a climate controlled environment, with outdoor trips between buildings required. Some areas of the plant are hot and humid at times.


The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Utility Protection Technician
Due Date: June 30, 2018

Loudoun Water, a public water and sewer utility located in Ashburn, Virginia, has an immediate opening for a Utility Protection Technician.   The successful candidate will assist in protection of Loudoun Water facilities and preventing damages and/or infringement on or near Loudoun Water facilities through location of Loudoun Water, water and sewer lines. The ability to read plans and technical drawings is desirable. 

Essential functions include:

  • Operate underground utilities locating equipment.
  • Locate and mark the horizontal location of water and sewer facilities in accordance with Virginia Damage Prevention Act.
  • Assist in processing excavation notification tickets (Miss Utility), utilizing the WebTMS system.
  • Coordinate with contractors and observe/document excavations in close proximity to Loudoun Water facilities to uphold proper separation and protection of facilities.
  • Assist in documenting and enforcing discovered easement encroachments.
  • Coordinate with other departments to ensure proper communication and resolution for field-related issues.Requirements: Position requires graduation from high school and five years of utility locating experience. Overtime/On-call work is expected. Valid driver’s license and good driving record. Basic skill level using GIS systems, WebTMS or similar, and Microsoft Outlook. Must be willing to advance job knowledge through formal training.  

Requirements: Position requires graduation from high school and five years of utility locating experience. Overtime/On-call work is expected. Valid driver’s license and good driving record. Basic skill level using GIS systems, WebTMS or similar, and Microsoft Outlook. Must be willing to advance job knowledge through formal training.  

Apply online at www.loudounwater.org or send completed applications to Loudoun Water, HR Department, P.O Box 4000, Ashburn, VA 20146 or by fax to 571.223.2079. Salary DOQ. Position will remain open until filled. EOE

Engineering Project Manager II
Due Date: June 30, 2018

The Engineering Project Manager II is responsible for the execution of one or more complex projects and the effective and efficient management of projects consistent with established guidelines, procedures and systems.

 Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Assumes responsibility for the planning, design, construction and closeout phases of assigned projects.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders, consultants, contractors and vendors throughout the project to ensure success.
  • Maintain comprehensive project documentations for all Engineering Department activities including contract documents, accounting documents and formal correspondences.
  • Oversee departmental spending through generating requisitions and purchase orders, processing invoices and explaining project to Finance Department.
  • Prepare, review plans for infrastructure expansions, plant modifications and facility upgrades.
  • Performs technical, para-professional engineering work that is carried out in accordance with general instructions and established practices and procedures.
  • Coordinates project permitting efforts; ensures all necessary permits have been submitted to appropriate regulatory agencies and remain active during the course of construction.
  • Tracks and reports project cost, schedules and status; works to keep projects on time and within budget.
  • Oversees construction projects by inspecting the progress and quality of construction.  Reviews drawings, submittals and analytical test reports.  Assures contractor performance with construction drawings and specifications, as well as AlexRenew procedures and guidelines.  Prepares and negotiates change orders.  Reviews and approves contractor applications for payment.
  • Prepares statements of work for inclusion in requests for proposals and invitations for bid; evaluates proposals and bid documents; prepares recommendations for award; manages professional service contracts.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external agencies.
  • Adhere to AlexRenew Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) programs; abiding by the policies, procedures and rules set forth by the programs; active involvement in the programs to assist in providing a safe and healthy workplace for everyone. 
  • Participate in communications training programs. Shares information as requested about position and tasks with communications team. As requested, participates in various outreach activities, such as career panels and guided tours.
  • Understands and weaves our organizational sustainability objectives into daily work and decision making.
  • Actively promotes safe behaviors and health awareness at all times in the execution of daily tasks.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 Qualification Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, engineering, architecture, construction management or related field preferred.
  • Ten (10) years’ experience in engineering and project management and/or construction management experience desired.
  • Ability to resolve problems using tact and diplomacy.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, multitasking, organizational, problem-solving and project management skills.
  • Advanced technical knowledge of the MS Office Suite; and ideal candidates are detail-oriented, proactive, adaptable and highly efficient.
  • Work cooperatively with others; and work under pressure and/or frequent interruptions.
  • PE or RA licensure preferred; PMP or CCM certification desirable.

Water Treatment Plant Operator
Due Date: June 30, 2018

Loudoun Water is a public water and sewer utility that has an immediate opening for a Plant Operator at their Water Treatment Facility located in Leesburg, VA. 

The Water Operator will assist in ensuring the facility is operational and meets permit requirements by performing routine operational tasks including skilled and technical work on treatment plant equipment and facilities. The Operator will perform duties including SCADA process control, sampling, monitoring and controlling treatment operations, computer based data entry and preparing monthly reports under the direct supervision of the Shift Supervisors. Our facility utilizes advanced technology and is subject to stringent standards and state regulations.

Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or GED with good math skills and the ability to use logic to solve problems and a current holder of a Virginia Class 3 Waterworks License. Preference may be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a science field. All Candidates must have a valid driver's license.

The Water Treatment Facility is a round-the-clock operation and requires 24/7 staffing with 12 hour shifts.  Operators are required to work shifts over weekends and holidays. Operators are required to work frequently scheduled overtime.

Loudoun Water is highly respected in the water/wastewater industry and offers highly competitive salaries and benefits and encourages professional development and advancement through training and educational opportunities. It’s a great place to work and grow! To apply visit www.loudounwater.org

Due Date: July 31, 2018

Loudoun Water is a public utility that provides water and wastewater services to customers in eastern Loudoun County (VA). We offer highly competitive salaries, a stable work environment and excellent employee benefits.

We are seeking a highly motivated, team oriented Instrumentation / Control System Technician with problem solving skills to install, maintain, troubleshoot, calibrate, and repair or replace a wide variety of industrial control system equipment including programmable logic controllers (PLCs), variable frequency drives (VFD’s), Supervisory, Control, and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, process sensors, and other electronic equipment related to the water industry. ISA CCST certification highly desired.

Requirements: Minimum two years of specialized vocational training or college-level coursework in electronics and four years experience in the instrumentation/electronic systems; with three years industrial control systems; preferably in water distribution and sewer utility operations. Experience with process control sensors (flow, level, pressure, analysis, etc); preferably in water distribution and sewer utility operations. Experience with computer-based maintenance management systems, Allen-Bradley PLC’s, VFD’s, and UPS also desired. Ability to work “on –call” status and/or overtime as needed.

Apply online at www.loudounwater.org or send completed applications to Loudoun Water, HR Department, PO Box 4000, Ashburn, VA 20146 or by fax to 571.223.2079. Salary DOQ. Position will remain open until filled. EOE

Director of Water Operations
Due Date: August 12, 2018

Loudoun Water is seeking a Director of Water Operations to join our team. The Director of Water Operations is a key leadership position in the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Division. The O&M Division is committed to maintaining an integrated and sustainable program to provide safe, reliable, and high-quality services for our customers.

Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, Loudoun Water is a public utility that provides water, wastewater and reclaimed water services to residents and businesses within unincorporated areas of Loudoun County. Loudoun Water currently supplies approximately 25 MGD of potable water supply to roughly 80,000 customer accounts through a network of nearly 1,300 miles of pipeline. Loudoun County, home to Washington’s Dulles International Airport, is the third largest county in Virginia and one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Loudoun Water’s mission is to provide sustainable water services to protect health, the environment and quality of life.

Our ideal candidate is a creative self-starter who is passionate about water, the environment, and the community we serve. The individual will direct activities of the Water Operations department in the production and distribution of potable water in protection of human health; responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating all functions of the department. Essential functions include:

  • Oversee and direct operations of water production and distribution facilities. Achieve proper balance of water supply from our treatment plant(s) and wholesale purchase of finished water.
  • Provide strategic direction for several small community groundwater systems.
  • Provide department leadership by fostering and promoting collaboration within the department and among all other divisions within Loudoun Water.
  • In partnership with the Water Resources Program Director, serve as a liaison to wholesale water suppliers and regional partners on issues related to water supply and regional resilience.
  • Engage with the water research community to ensure Loudoun Water stays ahead of developing technologies and issues impacting water production and distribution; leads research initiatives as appropriate.
  • Ensure reliable and optimal operations of potable water production and distribution facilities

Requirements: BS degree in civil or environmental engineering or related field. Fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in engineering and advanced management skills in administration of personnel with proven experience at senior management level. Demonstrated experience in the design and operation of water treatment and distribution facilities is preferred. An MS in civil or environmental engineering or an MBA will be considered in lieu of some experience.

Special Requirements: Licensed as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or ability to obtain within six months of employment through reciprocity from another state is preferred. Licensed as a Professional Waterworks Operator in the Commonwealth of Virginia is highly desirable. Work varied hours as required to carry out job responsibilities and duties.

Apply online at www.loudounwater.org or send completed application to Loudoun Water, HR Department, 44865 Loudoun Water Way, Ashburn, VA 20147 or by fax to 571-223-2079. Salary DOQ. Position will remain open until filled. EOE.

Project Engineer (Capital Construction)
Due Date: August 21, 2018

Loudoun Water, a public water and sewer utility located in Ashburn, Virginia, has an immediate opening for a Project Engineer in its Capital Construction Department, which manages the construction of Loudoun Water’s capital improvements projects. Project management includes technical oversight and administrative management of project scope, budget, and schedule. Essential functions include:

  • Managing the construction of various water, wastewater, and reclaimed water infrastructure projects to ensure contract compliance;
  • Developing and managing project budgets;
  • Tracking the contractor’s performance against the project schedule;
  • Providing review of project designs for constructability;
  • Managing third party construction-phase services contracts;
  • Coordinating with construction inspectors, and internal and external stakeholders;
  • Leading the project testing, startup, and commissioning phases; and
  • Coordinating with regulatory agencies for project approvals.

We are looking for a highly-motivated self starter with an eye for quality and excellent technical and communication skills. We offer highly competitive salaries, a stable work environment, and excellent employee benefits.

Requirements: BS degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or related field and a minimum of 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience, including relevant design and management experience on water and wastewater facilities and infrastructure. An MS degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Construction Management may be applied towards the experience requirements. Registration as a Professional Engineer in Virginia is desirable.

Apply online at www.loudounwater.org or send completed applications to Loudoun Water, HR Department, 44865 Loudoun Water Way, Ashburn, VA 20146 or by fax to 571.223.2079. Salary DOQ. Position will remain open until filled. EOE