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Water Quality & Environmental Compliance Specialist

Company: American Water
Location: Huntington
Posted on: November 18, 2022

Job Description:

Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 25 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter , Facebook and LinkedIn .

Do you have experience working in a laboratory? Are you familair with regulatory environmental guidelines? If so, you may be a great fit for West Virginia American Water! We have a new and impactful opening for a Water Quality & Environmental Compliance Specialist to join our team in Huntington, WV. This role will work independently and be responsible for record keeping and following lab proceses. You will play an integral role with our routine testing and sample collection. As the water quality & environmental compliance specialist, you will read and interpret testing results and perform regulatory record keeping and documentation. Our ideal candidate will have knowledge of local, state and/or federal environmental regulations and have knowledge of proper lab tesitng methods.

PLEASE NOTE: In order for American Water to evaluate decisions about new regulations, reintegration, and safe operating practices, all employees are required to report their vaccination status.

Primary Role

Responsible for collecting samples from the treatment plant or distribution system, performing routine water quality analyses, sample custody, data entry and recordkeeping. Interpret water quality results and initiate chemical dosage changes to treatment process. Responsible for organizing functions and activities related to environmental management and water quality for assigned facility. Investigates water quality complaints in the field and determines course of action needed. 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 environmental compliance. Assists in resolving treatment issues.

Key Accountabilities

  • Conduct sampling and/or analysis, as required, to ensure compliance with federal and state water quality regulations and company approved water quality standards. (20%)
  • Continuously evaluate water/wastewater treatment processes and recommend modifications to maintain or improve water quality. Identify potential issues and problems and initiate responsive actions and mitigate environmental violations.
  • Monitor/calibrate and troubleshoot analyzers, equipment, etc. to ensure established standards of performance and accuracy are maintained.
  • Conduct special projects and prepare reports as needed.
  • Assist in the training and development of Water Quality Tech I, II, and III.
  • Work with internal and external customers to build good relationships and solve laboratory issues.
  • Evaluate and monitor supplies and other laboratory costs to assist in maintaining the lab budget.
  • Assists in planning, preparation, and control the portion of the financial plan relating to responsibilities On-Call.


    • Knowledge of basic chemistry and laboratory techniques and QA/QC programs.
    • Knowledge of regulatory requirements.
    • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, and Access.
    • 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.


      • An associates or college degree is required
      • 2-4 years of experience in water, wastewater, or environmental compliance.
      • A 4 year degree in physical, chemical or environmental sciences may be substituted for experience

        Travel Requirements

        • Local and occasional regional

          Work Environment

          • Laboratory, as well as indoor/outdoor, production/office environments

            Work Schedule/Hours:
            • Full time, Monday-Friday
            • Day shift, 8am-4:30pm (flexible)
            • Some overtime required

              Other Requirements

              • Must hold a valid state issued driver's license.
              • Ability to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time.
              • Ability to lift 35 lbs. Stairs required.
              • Must be able to distinguish colors to conduct testing using normal colorimetric methods.


                Champions safety
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                Customer obsessed
                Drives Results
                Nimble learning

                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 they arean individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

Keywords: American Water, Huntington , Water Quality & Environmental Compliance Specialist, Other , Huntington, West Virginia

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