Careers

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Career Pathways:

Join our Team

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.

Join Our Team.

Meaningful Work

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.

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What We Offer

Metropolitan offers very competitive salaries excellent health benefits, including medical, dental and vision as well as savings plan opportunities in our 401k and 457b programs and a very strong pension plan. We are part of CalPERS, the California Public Employee Retirement System.

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.

"We understand the need to build a career pipeline. By introducing our young people to a range of education and career possibilities early and often we are helping to provide them with the best opportunities to succeed." 

Metropolitan Board Chairwoman Gloria D. Gray

Career Pathways:

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.

Community Colleges & Trade Schools with Existing Water Programs

Antelope Valley - Water Treatment
Citrus - Water Technology
College of the Canyons - Water Systems Technology
Imperial Valley - Water Treatment
Moorpark - Environmental Studies
Palomar College - Water Technology
Santiago Canyon - Water Utility Science
Shasta College - Water Technology
Mt. San Jacinto College - Water Technology
Cerritos College - Through the South Bay Center for Community
Coastline Community - Process Technology
Cuyamaca College - Water & Wastewater Technology
L.A. Trade Tech - Water Systems Technology
Mt. San Antonio - Water Technology
Rio Hondo - Environmental Technology
San Bernardino Valley - Water Supply Technology
Ventura College - Water Science

Contacts

Memorandum of Understanding (Jan. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2021)