Operations Specialist (Water Treatment)
Folsom, CA  / Walnut Creek, CA  / San Jose, CA 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

This position is requested by Water Business Group leadership in Northern California. There is a need for a water treatment Operations Specialist on the following projects: San Jose, San Mateo and West County WW. This person will work on startup and commissioning efforts on these projects, and also provide operations expertise on design. Examples of duties and skills include:

  • Work independently on and lead the start-up or operation of plants
  • Represent the owner and help guide operational staff during a plant start-up or directly supervise plant operational staff
  • Complete projects with clear, specified objectives and limited variables.
  • Perform administrative duties associated with project/construction management for civil/site projects.
  • Work independently on small projects, or assist more - senior engineers/construction managers on larger projects.
  • Review design documents from an operations perspective for conformance to program requirements and specific operational attributes of Santa Cruz Water Program
  • Lead or support contractor testing, startup, and commissioning activities to ensure facilities are ready for the production so water, and perform according to specifications and designed capacity
  • Provide operator training, resolution of operational problems, and development of operations and maintenance manuals
  • Demonstrate thorough understanding of plant mechanical, electrical and process functions, applicable plant technology, and plan performance requirements, including permit compliance requirements
  • Supervise other project-related staff as needed
  • Be responsible for personnel and process safety
  • Perform other duties as needed



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree OR Wastewater/Water 4-5 Operator certification

  • Minimum of 5yrs directly related industry experience.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • An attitude and commitment to be an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office, Excel, and Word

  • Significant hands-on experience in water treatment plants.

  • The majority of the work will be in the San Francisco Bay area. Candidate should be located within driving distance, or willing to stay near the project sites as needed.

  • The preferred candidate will have experience in both water treatment and wastewater treatment plants.

  • Commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture

The successful candidate will also be part of the national Operations and Maintenance team, and participation on projects across the country is highly likely


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

We provide a comprehensive benefits package that promotes employee ownership, employee health, performance, and success, which includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, paid time off, parental leave, paid holidays, 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match, employee referral bonuses and tuition reimbursement. The expected compensation range for this position is $86,240 - $151,200 annually depending upon skills, experience, education and geographical location.

Primary Location: United States-California-Folsom
Other Locations: United States-California-Walnut Creek, United States-California-San Jose, United States-California-Oakland, United States-California-Sacramento, United States-California-Santa Cruz
Industry: Water
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: WW Treatment and Effluent Mgmt
Job Posting: May 11, 2023

At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity.

USA: We are a Federal Contractor, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

CANADA: We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

AUSTRALIA: We consider all qualified candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of birth, political or religious affiliation, health status, or any other status protected by law.

At HDR, health and safety matters.

For some positions, you may be required to provide drug and alcohol testing, before or during employment, based on our Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy.

If you are required to drive for us, we require a valid driver's license and compliance with our vehicle policy.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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