Environmental, Health and Safety Field Specialist II
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - Riverside, CA

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Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a consortium of twenty six cities and water districts, provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. The mission of Metropolitan is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable wholesale supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way.

The Water System Operations Group, Safety & Environmental Services Section, currently has one (1) opening for an Environmental, Health and Safety Field Specialist II at our Mills facility in Riverside.

Positions at this intermediate level of Environmental, Health and Safety Field Specialist II are provided established procedures for doing the work and a number of specific guidelines are available. The number and similarity of guidelines and work situations requires the employee to use judgment in locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines, references, and procedures for application, and in making minor deviations to adapt the guidelines in specific cases. At this level, the employee may also determine which of several established alternatives to use. Situations to which the existing guideline cannot be applied or significant proposed deviations from the guidelines are referred. The work consists of duties that involve related steps, processes, or methods. The decision regarding what needs to be done involves various choices requiring the employee to recognize the existence of and differences among a few easily recognizable situations. Actions to be taken or responses to be made differ in such things as the source of information, the kind of transactions or entries, or other differences of a factual nature. The work involves the execution of specific rules, regulations, or procedures and typically comprises a complete segment of an assignment or project of broader scope.

1. Assists in providing Environmental, Health and Safety guidance to field managers and staff; communicates Environmental, Health and Safety roles and responsibilities based on environmental/occupational program standards.

2. Assists in the development and field implementation of environmental, health and safety programs to meet regulatory requirements; and establishes, documents, and communicates standards, guidelines and procedures.

3. Assists in conducting inspections for compliance to environmental, health and safety program requirements. Participates on program audit and assessment teams. Documents results and participates on corrective action development where deficiencies are found. Provides feedback to program managers to ensure that environmental/occupational programs and supporting systems and tools meet facility and operational needs. Follows-up, as directed.

4. Responds to emergency calls or events and ensures that proper Environmental, Health and Safety management procedures are followed. Prepares reports as required.

5. Assists with receiving and/or investigating environmental, health and safety incidents and accidents at the direction of legal and risk management; assists in interviewing Metropolitan employees and in addressing specific complaints and concerns related to environmental/occupational health and safety incidents and accidents; assists in investigating accident claims and/or incidents; assists in preparing confidential reports of investigations. Follows-up, as directed.

6. Assists in conducting toolbox sessions and providing training to support communication of environmental, health and safety programs.

7. Assists in maintaining required field records and administrative paperwork. Prepares reports as requested or required. May contain confidential information.

8. Assists liaisons with regulatory agencies and professional organizations.

9. Assists in providing Environmental, Health and Safety support to shutdown projects.

10. Assists with occasional sampling, packaging, chain of custody and shipping related to lead, asbestos, PCB, and other hazardous substances.

11. Assists with vendor cleanup activities.

12. Assists with shipping, receipt, storage, control, and removal of hazardous materials and wastes.

13. Participates on safety committee activities at facilities.


Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and two (2) years of relevant experience;
Two (2) years as an MWD Environmental, Health and Safety Field Specialist I level.

Required Knowledge of: Technical aspects of environmental/occupational health and safety regulations and programs as they apply to industrial facilities and water treatment and distribution operations.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Understand and follow oral and written instructions; apply knowledge of environmental, health and safety requirements to field operations; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

  • Valid California Class C Driver License that allows you to drive in the course of your employment.
  • A California Gas Tester Certification is required within eighteen (18) months from date of hire.
  • Certified Safety Professional
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager
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 essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: Primarily a combination of indoors and outdoors work environment typical of an industrial setting. Work setting varies from office setting to industrial operations, trades shops, and construction sites. The work environment and activities may include, but are not limited to exposure to outside elements, confined space entry, climbing, standing, sitting, and driving long distances. May travel to various sites requiring overnight stay. Will work in proximity to various industrial and construction settings monitoring operations to support environmental program development and implementation.

This classification performs work that requires maintaining confidentiality and is routinely privy to matters that either involve confidential information, sensitive personnel issues, or exposure to confidential and sensitive strategic corporate information.
When you apply for this position your application may be considered for this and similar employment opportunities that become available over the next twelve months. However, review of applications for any position is based on Metropolitan’s recruiting needs at the time. If you find future job opportunities with Metropolitan of interest, it is always best to apply for each announcement separately.
This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to jobs@mwdh2o.com .
If the position requires a college/university degree, it must have been issued by an educational institution accredited by the United States Department of Education. Degrees issued by educational institutions outside the United States must include documentation validating the equivalency of that degree to the same degree in the United States to be considered acceptable for Metropolitan purposes.
Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities may be requested by calling (213) 217-7738 at least 5 working days in advance of the scheduled examination date(s).
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For additional information regarding this opening and instructions on how to apply on-line, please visit our web site at www.mwdh2o.com and go to MyJobs.