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Metropolitan values both fresh voices and the different perspectives that experience brings. We seek out the best, those who bring unique and varied qualities to an organization whose employees reflect the diverse communities we serve across Southern California. And we want colleagues who embrace innovation, equity and a shared greater purpose to the region. We are a public agency and the people who work with us are devoted to public service.
We were built to last and to lead. We are an agency deep in history and experience. We are part of the very fabric of Southern California, having been formed in 1928 by the state Legislature to design, build and operate the Colorado River Aqueduct to bring water to a growing population. Today, our role is much greater than the infrastructure we built and maintain. We are here to ensure reliable and safe water supplies for 19 million people across five Southland counties, operating in an environmentally and economically sound manner.
If you’re already in the workforce and considering Metropolitan as a work option, begin your journey here to learn more. For those still in school or just entering the workforce, scroll down to the section Creating the Next Generation of Workers for the Water Industry to learn about our internship and apprenticeship programs as well as other educational resources to help prepare you for a career in the water industry.
A career with Metropolitan offers the chance to be part of an agency that is tied to the well-being of Southern California’s people, businesses and economy. We are a recognized leader in the industry. We build big and pay attention to even the smallest details. We are planners, innovators and negotiators building on a legacy of foresight and regional cooperation. Once you enter our doors, you are part of our team, with the added opportunity to build your career too.
What We Offer
When you come to work at Metropolitan, you don’t come just for a job; you come for a career. We want to support your career pathway along with your well-being. One way to do that is to offer very competitive salaries and excellent benefits. We also provide top-notch health and insurance options, as well as retirement benefits.
Our benefits package is above industry standards. Metropolitan contracts with CalPERS, the California Public Employee Retirement System, to provide a wide choice of medical coverages to both active employees and qualified retirees.
As a regular full-time; regular part-time union represented employee will be eligible for excellent benefits.
Also available to Metropolitan employees through CalPERS are pension and survivor benefits as well as deferred compensation benefits that include our 401(k) and 457(b) savings plans. Metropolitan matches 401(k) contributions to increase the amount of your annual savings toward retirement.
Dental coverage, through Delta Dental, is offered at no cost to regular full-time; regular part-time employees pay a pro-rated fee. Qualified dependents can be added to the dental plan at no extra cost. Metropolitan contracts with Vision Service Provider, or VSP, for vision coverage and covers the cost for regular full-time employees. Costs are prorated for regular part-time employees. Qualified dependents can be added for a flat monthly fee.
We have insurance programs covering life, long-term disability and accidental death and dismemberment. There are also some voluntary benefits to choose from. These include Flexible Spending Accounts for health and dependent care, long-term care and cancer coverage. You and your family members will also have access to our Employee Assistance Plan for confidential professional counseling and referral services at no cost. A Wellness Program offers certain reimbursements to employees based on work location and bargaining unit.
Who We Want
We appreciate employees from diverse cultural and work experience backgrounds. We value all skills – from the trades to engineering to administrative organization and even the arts. We are a place for many talents and believe that a diverse workforce is key to our continued success. Different perspectives at the table allow us to produce more creative approaches and solutions. We work at many different locations. In addition to our downtown Los Angeles headquarters, adjacent to the historic transportation hub Union Station, we also operate a network of facilities across Southern California and the desert, along with offices in Sacramento and Washington, DC. Metropolitan maintains a strong history of recruiting and employing military personnel into successful careers with us.
How We Work: EEO is the Law
Metropolitan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition or disability.
Applicants and employees are protected under federal law from discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any protected characteristics under state or federal law.
Metropolitan provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in the job application and selection process or to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application or selection process, you can call (213) 217-7738 or email.
Employment decisions are based on a person’s knowledge, skills, abilities, job performance and any other parameters considered legitimate and non-discriminatory.
“Metropolitan is a trend-setter in innovation, and we must grow this leadership to address and overcome the tremendous water challenges ahead. We are one, and our collective success depends on building a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, who are committed to our mission to deliver water reliability for Southern California.”
— Metropolitan General Manager Adel Hagekhalil
Creating the Next Generation of Workers for the Water Industry
The water industry offers so many different career pathways — into the highly technical arena of engineering to the very creative writers, videographers and graphic designers — with dozens of disciplines in between. Many of these opportunities are not well known. So Metropolitan, in partnership with many other water, educational, business, trade and community agencies, supports workforce development to prepare Southern California’s young people for career and college pathways into the water industry.
Our Challenge & Response
The water industry faces a huge challenge in creating a qualified workforce for the future. Our business is dependent on a range of skills, work experience and backgrounds. We need to know that there will be a new generation of employees in place who will be able to meet our critical needs, which in the end, mean delivering safe and reliable water supplies to Southern California. For that to happen, we must take action ourselves.
We have a succession plan. Planning is an on-going, dynamic effort to remain responsive to shifting resource needs. You can view our most recent plan here.
Listed below are different Metropolitan programs that encourage interest in the water industry and support a career pipeline to water through education.
We offer engaging and free curriculum for grades K- 12 that teaches students transferable industry skills focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
Co-Op Program with Engineering & Water Quality
We have two specialized co-op programs in our engineering and water quality sections. Internships are available at various times throughout the year and offer hands-on learning opportunities. To ensure school credit is provided, Metropolitan partners with Cal Poly Pomona to administer this internship.
Metropolitan offers internship opportunities to train, educate and prepare young people to jumpstart their careers. College undergraduates and graduate students gain practical work experience through a paid temporary job assignment related to their academic/educational field of study. Interns also learn about the water industry while applying theories and concepts to "real-world" work.
Apprentice & Training Programs
Metropolitan offers an apprentice program for both mechanical and electrical operations technicians. Training programs provide entry to journey-level skills training in technical, vocational and trades occupations using a combination of on-the-job training , classroom instruction and related home study . There is a six-month pre-apprentice probationary period, which if successfully completed, is followed by a four-year program. Program graduates receive college credit, certification and an offer for full-time employment at Metropolitan.
The California Department of Water Resources also offers a paid apprenticeship program that can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the hydroelectric industry. The program combines hands-on-learning, classroom study, and home study with supervised on-the-job training.
Partnerships for Career Technical Education
Here are some of the other organizations that provide training and education for jobs in the water sector.
How to Find Jobs at Met
Community Colleges & Trade Schools with Existing Water Programs