Wastewater Operations Specialist in El Segundo, CA at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 3/8/2023

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Company Description

Veolia Group aims to be the benchmark company for ecological transformation. With nearly 220,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides game-changing solutions that are both useful and practical for water, waste and energy management. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources and replenish them. In 2021, the Veolia group provided 79 million inhabitants with drinking water and 61 million with sanitation, produced nearly 48 million megawatt hours and recovered 48 million tonnes of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved consolidated revenue of 28,508 billion euros in 2021. www.veolia.com

Job Description


The Operator I/II/Operations Specialist is a journey-level position requiring sufficient knowledge and experience to resolve process issues in a timely manner. The incumbent must be knowledgeable of all processes at the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility and satellite plants. Within the requirements of a 24/7 operation this position is responsible for planning, organizing, or providing operational functions within the plant or satellite facilities. Under general direction from the Operations Supervisor, participates in the more complex and difficult work for operating, monitoring, and maintaining plant equipment including motors, compressors, and pumps to control unit processes; performs adjustments and repairs to plant equipment; collects samples and performs laboratory tests; and performs minor maintenance.


The following essential job functions are typical for an Operations Specialist, these functions may be modified to include additional or different job functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Provide technical guidance and training to employees involved in the operation and control of the treatment plant or satellite facilities.
  • Work with supervisors to formulate work plans, delegate tasks to be performed and monitor performance.
  • Monitor and manage control room board operations
  • Participate in overseeing the operations of an assigned area.
  • Perform assigned rounds including adjusting process controls to daily required parameters under the guidance of the Operations Supervisor and under the approval of the Chief Plant Operator.
  • Inspecting, monitoring and documenting plant operations by reading plant equipment gauges, dials, graphs and other instrumentation; ensure that the waste treatment plant operates within regulatory guidelines. Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Develop, edit and revise Standard Operating Procedures for approval by the Chief Plant Operator. Perform operational tasks on equipment; reports malfunctions to appropriate department.
  • Perform emergency repair work on plant operation equipment, as directed, or assist other divisions with repairs.
  • Oversee and manage the SWPPP program. Coordinate and perform MF CIP’s. Coordinate and perform RO CIP’s.
  • Assist in planning and overseeing the operation of various maintenance and construction projects. Help coordinate, plan and execute plant/ process shutdowns, tag-outs and start-ups of plant operation equipment before and after testing, maintenance and emergency repairs are performed.
  • Record data related to plant operation processes; complete daily operating logs of routine and unusual operating or maintenance conditions encountered and any repair work performed; initiate work orders, memos and requests for maintenance repairs as necessary.
  • Read and review a variety of pertinent data connected with plant operations Maintain, compile, and update a variety of plant operations logs, reports and lists including round sheets, spreadsheets, monthly summaries, data sheets, timesheets, overtime reports, spill reports, odor complaint reports, standby lists, emergency notification lists, shutdown lists, and equipment lists; gather data for Monthly Summary of Operations and submit to supervisor.
  • Participates in continuous improvement programs. Performs other projects/tasks/duties as needed.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee may be exposed to silica, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, greases, oils, electrical energy, solvents and vibrations. The employee may work on slippery/uneven surfaces, around machinery with moving parts, moving objects/vehicles, and ladder/scaffolding, below ground and may be exposed to water and other liquid materials.


Education / Experience / Background

  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Associates Degree or higher is preferred.
  • Must have and maintain a valid CA Driver’s License Minimum of five (5) years experience in wastewater/water treatment operations.
  • SWRCB Grade III or higher Wastewater/Water Treatment Certification as required by facility being operated.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of wastewater treatment plant operations. Knowledge of and ability to utilize the materials, methods, tools and equipment used in the maintenance and operation of wastewater treatment systems. Knowledge of the laws and regulations relating to wastewater system operations. Knowledge and ability to analyze data and maintain computer records. Knowledge of and ability to perform standard laboratory sampling and testing.
  • Available for stand-by duty and emergencies as needed.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals and/or SOPs. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as chemical dosing, flow calculations, pipe or tank capacity. Ability to define problems, collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and factual variables
  • Ability to operate and manage manual and computerized information systems. Ability to manage multiple projects simulateneously.
  • Knowledge of MS Office Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other software commonly used for Operations. Physical Requirements The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand for extended periods; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs or ladders or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision as well as the ability to distinguish color and shades. Technical dexterity is required in performing chemical and instrumental analytical procedures. Employee may be required to lift/move up to 50 pounds.

Additional Information

  • Hourly Pay minimum $46.00 to maximum $51.00

  • Veolia's comprehensive benefits package includes paid time off policies, as well as health, dental and vision insurance.   In addition, employees are also entitled to participate in an employer sponsored 401(k) plan, to save for retirement.  Pay and benefits for employees represented by a union are outlined in their collective bargaining agreement.

A subsidiary of Veolia group, Veolia North America (VNA) offers a full spectrum of water, waste and energy management services, including water and wastewater treatment, commercial and hazardous waste collection and disposal, energy consulting and resource recovery. VNA helps commercial, industrial, healthcare, higher education and municipality customers throughout North America. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., Veolia North America has more than 10,000 employees working at more than 350 locations across the continent. www.veolianorthamerica.com

As an inclusive company, Veolia is committed to diversity and gives equal consideration to all applications, without discrimination. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer! All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. 

Disclaimer: The salary, other compensation, and benefits information is accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.