Grow Your Career with Our Water
Plant your career seed with SouthWest Water and watch it grow!
Imagine being part of a team that supplies the essential element for life. Water is the very foundation of this planet, the life-giving essence in all organisms, including human bodies. Without good, clean water, we couldn’t survive and not a single thing we see around us would be possible. Driven, knowledgeable and passionate about this essential resource, the SouthWest Water team is in the business of delivering a product everyone uses and everyone depends on.
For us, making sure people have good, clean water is the reason why we’re here. SouthWest Water provides water and wastewater services to communities across America and we’re looking for bright, energetic people to join our team of skilled workers. SouthWest Water employees enjoy an environment focused on professional and personal growth and many paths for career advancement.
Browse our career section and discover the rewarding opportunities we offer talented people.
Why work for SouthWest Water?
Our water will help your career grow. The safety of our drinking water and responsible treatment and management of wastewater are critical issues in today’s world. For years to come, the water and wastewater business will need people like you – dedicated professionals who want to help protect this precious resource.
We’re proud of our work. Daily, we make a difference in the lives of a million people by providing them with water and wastewater services. Build yours and our planet’s future with SouthWest Water Company. Don’t wait. The opportunity is now.
Want to join the SouthWest Water team?
Have a look at our job openings and follow the links for more information on the desired position and for application instructions.
Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, excellent benefits, professional development and an outstanding work environment based on our mission and values.
We help our employees and their families with both routine and unexpected medical and personal needs. Our goal is to ensure that our employees are happy, healthy and able to reach their full potential. As a full-time employee, you may be eligible for the following benefits:
Our employees have tremendous passion and dedication to serving SouthWest Water’s customers and clients. We depend on knowledgeable and loyal employees. Because our people matter to us, we offer them the opportunity to enhance their skills and advance their careers.
With our Educational Assistance Program, it’s easy to continue to build your career at SouthWest Water. The company reimburses eligible costs in career-related training. As a result, our employees frequently obtain or upgrade their water and wastewater treatment certificates or attend seminars and workshops in their field of work.
Plus, we operate in four states across the U.S., which means our employees have the opportunity to live in different areas while still remaining a part of the SouthWest Water family.
We don’t take risks with water – why should you take risks with your career? Your professional growth starts when you are hired. We want you to become an expert in your field. When you know your stuff, you take better care of our clients and customers. And when you’re growing, you’re happier. And that’s what matters to us.
The water and wastewater utility industry delivers many opportunities for building a lasting and satisfying career. Although 71% of the earth’s surface is water, only 2.5% is fresh water, out of which only a tiny fraction is accessible for direct human use. Water is life – it’s essential for the health and well-being of every community. Ensuring that people have safe water delivered to their homes is an important responsibility and we take it seriously. Water is a priority today and will be even more so in the future.
Grow Your Career with Our Water!
Why not choose water as a career? We are always looking for qualified people, even if they need some training. Many positions at SouthWest Water require a distribution and/or treatment certification for water and/or wastewater at the time of hire. Read the requirements for each job posted in our job listings. For other positions, you will need to obtain or upgrade certification after getting hired. We will walk you through the process and even pay for related expenses through our Professional Development Program.
The water and wastewater industry is stable and offers many opportunities. Here is how to get in: Take a Class > Get Certified > Get a Job.
Take a Class
If you are interested in obtaining certification, you will need to attend a class, complete online education, or take a correspondence course in a specialized area of training.
Contact your local junior college for a list of water and/or wastewater treatment and distribution classes. You can also do a web search for “[your state] certification training for operators” and follow the links showing how to proceed.
Water- and wastewater-related seminars and training
- Colleges with water quality and wastewater treatment management and recycling technology programs (nation-wide list from Campus Explorer)
- American Water Works Association (AWWA)
- CEU Plan Online Interactive Education
- TCEQ Training, Workshops, Seminars and Events (Texas)
- Classes and Seminars (California Only) – a good overview from Brown and Coldwell Water News
- Citrus College, Glendora, CA
- Los Angeles Trade Tech Community College, Los Angeles, CA
- California State University, Sacramento, CA
Do a web search for “[your state] certification training for water (or wastewater) operators” and follow the links showing how to proceed.
After completing your specialized training, you will need to apply for testing to receive your certificate. Certifications come in different grade levels and often require a combination of education and experience. Aside from being mandatory for many occupations, certification gives recognition of competency, shows commitment to the profession, and helps with job advancement.
Certificate tests usually take place twice a year. There is a reciprocity program that honors industry certificates when you move from one state to another.
Water: Contact American Water Works Association (AWWA) to find a certification center in your state and contact this center for more information on where and how to get certified. You may also want to check out their online learning center that offers quality training, professional development, and continuing education units (CEUs) via the Internet.
Water/Wastewater: To learn your state’s license certification and re-certification requirements, please visit the Association of Boards of Certification official Web site.
Get a Job
Having a water and/or wastewater certification is the first step towards getting a job interview. There are many areas you can choose in the water industry – engineering, regulatory compliance, environmentalism, customer service, personnel management, public relations, accounting, laboratory science, and many more. Learn more about the many different career choices that our industry offers.
And remember, with SouthWest Water’s Professional Development Program, you can continue to build your career with us. After a short introductory period, the company reimburses eligible costs in career-related training. As a result, our employees frequently obtain or upgrade their water and wastewater treatment certificates or attend seminars and workshops in their field of work.
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