Associate Environmental Specialist

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of twenty six cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five conventional water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.6 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.


Metropolitan’s Environmental Planning Section has one (1) opening for an Associate Environmental Specialist available at its Headquarters in Los Angeles, California.


As an Associate Environmental Specialist you will be responsible for an extensive scope of work including biological studies and monitoring for Operations & Maintenance (O&M) activities and Capital Investment Project (CIP) projects throughout Metropolitan’s service area including projects and maintenance activities on the Colorado River Aqueduct and related desert facilities; and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing efforts for the State Water Project. This will include field visits, reviewing construction drawings, conducting biological surveys, wetland delineations, construction monitoring, permit preparation, resource agency negotiations and compliance, and provides recommendations for use in developing mitigation strategies.

Your primary responsibilities will be preparing and reviewing biological impact assessments and technical reports in support of environmental documents; conducting environmental inspections, wildlife and vegetation baseline studies, and nesting bird surveys; preparing permit applications for the Clean Water Act, California Department of Fish and Wildlife 1600 Streambed Alteration Agreements, and state and federal endangered species acts; and recommending appropriate environmental avoidance, environmental minimization measures, and feasible mitigation to ensure compliance with state, federal, local, and Metropolitan specific regulations.

Additionally, as an Associate Environmental Specialist within this role, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Fish and Game Code, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

This position will require periodic travel and overnight stays at Metropolitan facilities, primarily in the Desert region, for up to three weeks at a time, approximately two to three times per year.


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and four years of relevant experience; or two years in an MWD Assistant Environmental Specialist II classification; or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and two years of relevant experience.

Related Field is defined as: an area within Natural Resources, Biology, or Natural Sciences or Environmental Studies.

Relevant Experience is defined as: working experience performing surveys to identify plants, fish, wildlife species, and wildlife habitats in project areas.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories