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To inquire about job opportunities and availabilities, please contact our Human Resources at

412-255-8800 ext 8574 or at HR@pgh2o.com.

Current Job Openings

Applications can be printed out and mailed or faxed directly to:

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority
Attn: Human Resource Department
Penn Liberty Plaza I
1200 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


HR fax:  412-393-0513


Job Title

Job Description

Application Deadline

Environmental Compliance

DUTIES:

Assist the Manager of Environmental Compliance by working with professional, technical and clerical employees in the application for permits and their implementation for the water treatment plant, water distribution system and waste/storm water collection systems. This person will coordinate with PWSA operating and engineering staff, City of Pittsburgh departments, ALCOSAN, other municipalities, and applicable federal, state and county agencies.

  • Assists with Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) and Storm Water permit compliance programs for the PWSA. Supports PWSA Engineering and Water Operations staff in the planning and design of Capital projects necessary for compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Supports Authority compliance with the Consent Order and Agreement (COA) signed with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Allegheny County Health Department.
  • Reviews and supports the work of consultants as retained for environmental compliance related work including modeling, sampling, monitoring, and other work as required.
  • Reviews, prepares, and assists in managing water quality and wastewater reporting submitted to agencies including, but not limited to. ACHD, PADEP, ALCOSAN. Specific reporting includes work associated with NPDES, air pollution, and SARA Title III.
  • Recommends improvements in processes, management systems, procedures, and operating equipment to the Environmental Compliance Manager to comply with environmental requirements.  Assists area of responsibility in strict accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and PWSA policy.  Keeps abreast of all new regulatory requirements necessary for the PWSA to remain in compliance.
  • Facilitates the update and ensures the accuracy of the emergency response plan.
  • Assists the lab as necessary with laboratory certification maintenance and oversees quality control,and quality assurance.
  • Assists with external agencies including, but not limited to, the Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP), River Alert Information Network, RAIN, Ohio River Sanitation Commission, ORSANCO.
  • Assists with information and data collection for the Partnership for Safe Drinking Water.
  • Prepares PWSA monthly water quality compliance report and Annual Water Supply Report.
  • Performs other duties as specified.
September 30th, 2019 
Water Quality & Production

DUTIES:

  • Provides leadership and management for all operations functions for both treatment plants (Aspinwall and MFP), pump stations, and storage facilities related to all assets, systems, and facilities. 
  • Prioritizes, schedules, supervises, directs, supports, and evaluates work of assigned treatment plant operators, stationary engineers and other plant personnel.
  • Identifies, orders, schedules, and ensures proper delivery of all water treatment chemicals.
  • Manages procurement, contracting, invoicing, and payment for chemicals, equipment, machinery, and all contracted and consulting support.
  • Ensures payroll is completed and submitted in an accurate and timely manner for all water production staff.
  • Participates with managers, consultants, and staff in strategic assessments and improvements, and informs PWSA operational budget and CIP to ensure financial resources are dedicated to the completion of necessary maintenance work.
  • Plans, develops, directs, coordinates, organizes and controls the personnel under jurisdiction toward the effective, efficient and economical attainment of program goals, including maximum convenience to the public and safety of employees.
  • Ensures that work is performed in accordance with PSWA safety rules and regulations; supports the development of relevant job safety analyses; and supports and implements all facility security requirements.
  • Manages assigned employee performance, time, discipline, and absenteeism management.
  • Provides training and/or technical assistance to as requested or required
  • Manages area of responsibility in strict accordance with applicable laws, regulations and established policy including union agreements to ensure fair and standardized treatment of employees.
  • Performs activities and functions of related lower level personnel as assigned or as required.
  • Works all three shifts, weekends, holidays as required. 
  • Must be available for 24-hour emergency call out.
  • Carries out the responsibilities in accordance with PWSA’s policies and applicable regulations and laws.
  • Other non-essential and marginal duties as required.

 

September 21st, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Information Technology

DUTIES/PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Serves as an internal information security consultant to the Authority
  • Performs security risk assessments and serves as an internal auditor for security issues
  • Creates information security policies and procedures for the Authority
  • Monitors compliance with information security policies and procedures, referring problems to the appropriate department manager
  • Provides training and oversight to all employees, consultants, or other third parties, in compliance with Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission regulations and Authority organizational policies and standards
  • Initiates, facilitates, and promotes activities to create information security awareness across all Authority departments
  • Reviews all system-related security plans throughout the Authority’s network
  • Prepares a Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Manages intrusion detection / prevention systems and security services
  • Implements and maintains security-related software for the detection of malicious code, viruses, and intruders
  • Works in conjunction with 3rd party consultants and vendors on security related matters and projects
  • Performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel and/or other tasks and duties that are assigned or required

 

September 21st, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Water Treatment Plant

DUTIES:

Operates and monitors all phases of pumping, treatment, filtration and distribution reservoirs to ensure sufficient quantities of potable water and adequate water pressure in service area; operate all associated supporting and control equipment (e.g., pumps, compressors, flocculator drives, mixers, etc.) at water pumping stations, water treatment plant, water storage tanks and reservoirs; monitors visual displays and readout to ensure an adequate supply of potable water; maintains accurate logs (e.g., water quantity, water conditions, quantity of chemicals used, machinery running time and status of equipment, pumping station operation, etc.); monitors and controls the operation of remote pumping stations’ rapid sand filters, backwash and chemical feed center utilizing PWSA’s automated processing system; performs essential plant maintenance procedures (e.g., cleans, inspects, lubricates, makes minor mechanical repairs, etc.) to equipment associated with the work; adds corrective chemicals as requested or required; visits reservoirs and pump stations to monitor and operate booster chlorination feed systems; loads and unloads chlorine cylinders to and from booster chlorination facilities in accordance with established PWSA safety policies and procedures; monitors river and plant conditions; responds to unexpected changes in conditions (e.g., shut down plant operations, informs crews of possible leaks, etc.); collects water samples, takes readings and runs water-related tests (e.g., qualitative colorimetric, etc.) as requested or required; Controls the entry and exit to the plant to maintain plant security; and performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel and other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.


 

September 21st, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Water Quality/Environmental Compliance

DUTIES/PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide monthly reports and performance metrics needed for the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Protection, Allegheny County Health Department, and AWWA, Partnership for Safe Water, as required
  • Track, process, and create purchase orders for vendors invoices
  • Develop correspondence, forms, and presentations using relevant computer software (MS Office)
  • Receive visitors, mail, and telephone calls related to Environmental Compliance and Water Quality
  • Schedules and coordinates meetings
  • Preform data entry
  • File and retrieve documents, records, reports, permits and related applications
  • Utilize e-Builder, or equivalent to maintain the Authority’s Environmental Permits
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required

 

September 21st, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Field Services

DUTIES/PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES: Safely operates heavy construction and other related equipment in connection with excavating and backfilling for water line work and sewer construction; operates heavy construction equipment including backhoe, forklift, mounted crane and other related types of equipment.  Services, maintains and makes repairs to equipment; may be required to perform major repairs; ensures that appropriate safety procedures are observed in the operation and vicinity of equipment; responds on a 24 hour a day basis to emergencies; may work all three shifts, weekends and holidays; performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel; other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.


 

September 21st, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Field Services

DUTIES/PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Assist and provide support for the Director, Deputy Director, Managers, Superintendents, Foremen, and Field Workers
  • Provide monthly reports and performance metrics
  • Track and process vendor invoices by creating P.O.’s for Brilliant yard
  • Develop correspondence, forms, and presentations for the Director using relevant computer software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Receive visitors/vendors, mail, and telephone calls related to Field Services and maintain logs
  • File and retrieve documents, records and reports; & scan, copy or fax documents that are sent to Brilliant yard
  • Create, update, transfer and close notifications
  • Maintain good working relationships with public officials, staff, contractors and customers; and follow up with updates or progress
  • Update the Field operations yearly vacation calendar, as well as process vacations for all Blue-Collar employees at Mission and Brilliant yard
  • Process yearly bids for Field Operations
  • Maintain Foreman’s reports and other Field Operations files including personnel, materials and invoices
  • Process Brilliant and Mission Yard’s vehicle and personal accident reports
  • Track materials taken from Brilliant Yard by Contractor’s forms
  • Maintain spreadsheets for service line, main leaks/ lead lines/ plates; and data bases for lead line cost & hydrant inspection
  • Coordinate with Lead team & Foremen for spreadsheet or Cogsdale questions
  • Submit daily street opening permits to the city for every hole Field Operations opens
  • Order general office supplies and complete the PO process
  • Work closely with the Legal Department to gather claim information
  • Maintain driver’s logs for blue collar employees
  • Send out daily and evening weekend shift schedules for Field Operations
  • Post sign ups, training, job postings, and other information on bulletin boards
  • Attend staff meetings and take minutes
  • Communicate with UniFirst in ordering new uniforms and addressing issues
  • Place orders for limestone, topsoil, sand and fuel
  • Work closely with Engineering Project Managers to lookup, print, and resolve backlog from 2014 notifications for restoration
  • Other essential and marginal duties as required

 

September 21st, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Administration

DUTIES: 

Authority - Identify and cause correction of health & safety hazards.  Correct situations that create an imminent risk or hazard to personnel.  Develop actions to correct non-imminent hazards through an administration process.  Provide and develop necessary and required safety and health training.

 

Records and Data Management – Manage Authority wide safety metrics and goals, job observation programs, service testing of apparatus and equipment, inspection and service testing of personal protective equipment (PPE), inspect all PWSA buildings and facilities for safety and risks, and develop and coordinate documentation and training records.

 

Liaison - Manage PWSA’s Employee Safety committees with development of agenda, materials, and process improvement development. Coordinate emergency management procedures and processes with local law enforcement agencies. Provide information and assistance to Supervisory Staff in auditing buildings and facilities to identify and report safety and health hazards. Maintain a liaison with all PWSA employees regarding recommended changes in equipment, procedures, and recommended method to eliminate usage practices and reduce existing hazardous conditions.  Maintain a liaison with equipment manufacturer’s standards-making organizations, regulatory agencies, and safety specialists outside the PWSA regarding recommended changes. Address large groups with information, new procedures, and training programs.  Create and maintain ongoing relationship with local law enforcement agencies to assist with emergency management programs.

 

Rules, Regulations, and Procedures –Develop, review, and revise rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures pertaining to PWSA health and safety programs.  Report the adequacy and effectiveness of and compliance with the safety-related rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures.  Review principles of accident prevention, loss control, and industrial hygiene. Review Workers’ Compensation Laws and case decisions. Review principles of loss prevention and risk identification to safety programs.  Prepare, update, and provide training for the Authority’s emergency response plan.  Collaborate with Authority Security Professionals.

 

Risk Reduction - Detect and correct unsafe and unsecured working conditions and practices to prevent accidents and injuries to employees, citizens, and others exposed to the working environment. Prepare for, and conduct, lessons learned events with staff to improve their appreciation and means to address safety risks.

 

Apparatus and Equipment – Review specifications for new apparatus, equipment, protective clothing, and monitoring equipment for compliance.  Recommend test and testing procedures for new and/or existing equipment and its acceptance and/or approval.

 

Investigation Procedures and Review – Investigate occupational injuries, illnesses, exposures and fatalities involving employees and accidents involving apparatus, equipment, and/or facilities. Develop and submit corrective recommendations resulting from investigations.  Develop reporting and investigative procedures and periodically review and revise these procedures. Review the procedures employed during hazardous operations.  Determine, outline, and report incorrect and/or questionable procedures where employed and submit corrective recommendation to senior management.

 

Other - The position may require the performance of other essential and marginal functions depending upon work assignment, location, shift, and immediate needs.


 

September 19th, 2019 at 4:00 PM
Administration, Customer Service
DUTIES:
  • Review developer plans for new services, terminations of services, and change of use, based on PWSA’s Tariff as filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Understand basic calculations for water and/or sewer demands.
  • Collect and provide information for estimates and payments for permits, design development of projects and/or dye testing.
  • Prepare, organize and maintain project records and reports, including maintaining financial records and accurate project timeline and resources, for internal and external agencies, to ensure maximum level of accuracy and proper documentation.
  • Read and accurately comprehend drawings, and prepare sketches, plans, maps, drawings and other presentations of field data using manual and automated methods as assigned.
  • Assist in researching in support of planning and design projects, including determining property ownership, utility locations and other data necessary for the design, implementation and/or construction of assigned projects.
  • Populate databases and spreadsheets using various software programs in support of Engineering related tasks.
  • Perform technical or moderately complex work related to researching, designing, planning, estimating, contracting, construction and monitoring of projects.
  • Sort, label and file record information to ensure proper documentation and storage in the archive system.
  • May take field measurements, which may have impacts on proposed projects.
  • May assist with field inspections to gather information needed to determine feasibility, practicality and cost of various project alternatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required

 

Until Filled
Engineering

DUTIES:   Work in the field to collect data for water and sewer network assets including valves, mains, hydrants, service lines, service connections, curb boxes, meters, vaults, manholes, cleanouts, sewers, catch basins, areas of repair, etc. throughout the PWSA system.  Operate survey grade GPS equipment in the field, mapping assets, inspecting as needed, and recording relevant attributes using GPS/GIS collection equipment and software to support PWSA projects.  In the event of poor GPS signal and if required, manually capture data in the field and convert manual measurements in the office into the appropriate data format. Review and correct collected data integrity errors, as applicable, and subsequently input, update, and maintain GIS feature classes, tables, and links within and related to the PWSA’s GIS databases.  Create basic maps using GIS, as needed. Assist with coordinating and planning field work in support of PWSA projects.  Position is predominantly outdoors and requires walking, hiking and/or driving between assets with all pertinent equipment including (but not limited to): computer, GPS unit, digital camera, and rangefinder.  Must record daily reports of all assignments and locations visited; performs work in accordance with established PWSA policies and procedures; and performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel and such other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.


 

Until Filled
Water Production

DUTIES/PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Serves as a point of contact to the Senior SCADA Manager and water production team at the Water
  • Treatment Plant regarding all instrumentation and SCADA operation.
  • Installs and maintains communication equipment.
  • Troubleshoots all connectivity issues involving the SCADA and networks at the treatment plant and
  • satellite locations, including but not limited to the pumping stations.
  • Maintain, install, configure and backup/restore SCADA system software.
  • Assist with managing the security assets connected to the SCADA system.
  • Maintain SCADA and instrumentation at field sites as needed.
  • Develop reports using SQL and PI Historian within the SCADA system.
  • Programming of PLC’s and OIT’s
  • Review drawings with the Senior SCADA Manager for all SCADA-related projects, including new
  • construction.
  • Communicates verbally and in writing to share and transfer institutional knowledge with the Senior
  • SCADA Manager, water production management, and staff regarding SCADA.
  • Responsible for the creation and continuous update of a daily SCADA log book.
  • Responds to requests from the Senior SCADA Manager and Senior Production Manager in
  • coordinating the day to day operations of the SCADA system.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Water Production Management team, as needed.
  • Responds to emergency call outs regarding SCADA system malfunctions.

 

Until Filled 
Water Production

DUTIES:

Designs, tests, calibrates, operates, maintains and repairs electronic measuring and recording instruments, apparatus and equipment used to monitor and control Authority operations including the water treatment plant, chemical facilities, filtration processes and remote facilities. Calibrates, repairs, and maintains analog, digital control systems, flow meters, and pressure sensors. Identifies problems in the field and makes decisions utilizing independent judgment and analyses; directs the work of lower-level personnel on a project basis; maintains records, both manually and by computerized methods, and prepares accurate reports; may develop databases and spreadsheets using various software programs (e.g., Windows, Microsoft Office, Excel, Access etc.) Installs electrical and electronic control systems for the Authority; installs, repairs, maintains and modifies all lighting and power circuits, fixtures, controls, motors, pumps and equipment that is operated from all voltage levels (e.g., signal equipment, pumps, lighting, cranes, instrumentation, etc.); performs electrical inspections for preventive maintenance; determines type and size wire, conduits, fixtures, boxes, etc., and proper voltage and overload protection necessary; modifies existing circuits, fittings, etc., to accommodate new and modern fixtures, equipment and controls; lubricates and maintains electrical motors and medium voltage switchgear and related equipment; maintains records and prepares accurate reports as requested or required; may install, repair and maintain solid state circuits to control remote pumps, transmit status and analog data, including chlorine analyzers, turbid meters, level transmitters, rapid sand filter control devices, flow measuring devices Operator Interface Devices, etc.; installs, troubleshoots and maintains some components of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA); may work all shifts, evenings, weekends and holidays; may drive Authority vehicle; maintains records both manually and by automated methods, and prepares accurate reports, work-orders, correspondence, etc.; performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel as assigned or required; and performs such other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.


 

Until Filled
Field Services

DUTIES: Repairs, replaces and maintains all types of piping, valves, controls and plumbing fixtures in new or existing Authority structures or at assigned field locations; repairs, replaces and maintains all types of plumbing within or on Authority property (e.g., water, waste, gas and vent lines, restroom facilities; drinking fountains, fire lines, chemical lines, etc.) according to the rules and regulations of the Allegheny County Plumbing Code; repairs and replaces private water lines, gas lines, etc. damaged by the Authority; removes and installs water meters at private customer locations in accordance with established Authority policies and procedures; provides temporary water service to City property owners when normal water service is interrupted; responds on a 24 hour-a-day basis to emergencies involving problems with gas, water, compressed air, chlorine lines, sewer, waste and water supply emergencies; maintains records and prepares accurate reports as requested or required; directs the work of laborers or other assigned personnel on projects; may drill and tap new and existing service connections as requested or required; may overhaul evaporators and clean chlorine lines; may make field sketches identifying problems encountered as required; may work all three shifts; performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel as assigned or required; performs such other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.

Until Filled
Engineering & Construction

 

DUTIES/PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Applies technical knowledge and assists other team members as requested or required, and mentors and coordinates with peers, junior engineers, and technicians;
  • Prepares RFPs for consultant services, bid documents, government ordinances, board resolutions, etc. for the full implementation of PWSA Capital and urgent system repair projects;
  • Reviews shop drawings related to Capital or other projects;
  • Evaluates changes to study, design and/or construction projects that substantially impact their scope, budget, or schedule and recommends and implements approved corrective action to adhere to the approved project schedule and budget;
  • Monitors progress and performance against the project plan and identifies risks to financial matters and schedule delays;
  • Recommends approval of change orders, requisitions for payment, etc.;
  • Meets with representatives of other governmental agencies, City Departments, consultants, contractors and public on proposed projects, problems arising in the work, etc.;
  • Directs the performance of design work performed in-house or in accordance with consultant agreements, as well as the performance of construction work under contract;
  • Ensures that RFP's, specifications, designs, contract provisions and work performed comply fully with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations;
  • Maintains records and prepares accurate reports, correspondence, etc. as requested or required; plans, develops, directs, coordinates, organizes and controls the materials, equipment and personnel under jurisdiction toward the effective, efficient and economical attainment of program goals, including maximum convenience to the public and safety of employees;
  • Manages area of responsibility in strict accordance with applicable laws, professional standards of conduct, regulations and established policy including union agreements to ensure fair and standardized treatment of employees.  Performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel and/or other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.

 

Open Until Filled
Customer Service

DUTIES/PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Performs moderately responsible clerical duties requiring independent analysis, exercise of judgment and detailed knowledge of relevant PWSA programs, policies, procedures and regulations; responds to inquiries from the general public, PWSA personnel, etc., regarding various PWSA programs, policies, procedures and regulations; classifies, indexes, files or distributes forms, correspondence, payments, etc.; researches, pulls and routes files as appropriate; receives visitors, mail, and telephone calls; may give information and directions and distribute equipment; routes to appropriate person or division; follow-up on requests or complaints; keeps manual and/or automated records accurate through file maintenance, posting, updating, checking, etc.; operates office machines (e.g. PC, copier, calculator); performs data entry, retrieval and other processes as requested or required; computes figures and/or mathematical calculations or analyses as requested or required, etc.; proofreads materials and verifies documents, invoices, etc.; drafts routine letters and memos; may type correspondence, requisitions, invoices, lists, etc.; and performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel and such other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.


 

Open Until Filled

Customer Service

DUTIES/PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Performs moderately responsible clerical duties, requiring independent analysis, exercise of judgment and detailed knowledge of relevant PWSA programs, policies, procedures and regulations; responds to inquiries from public, PWSA personnel, etc., regarding various PWSA programs, policies, procedures and regulations; classifies, indexes, files or distributes forms, correspondence, payments etc.; researches, pulls and routes files as appropriate; receives visitors, mail, and telephone calls; may give information and directions and distribute equipment; routes to appropriate person or division; follow-up on requests or complaints; keeps manual and/or automated records accurate through file maintenance, postings, updating, checking, etc.; operates office machines (e.g. PC, typewriter, copier, calculator); performs data entry, retrieval and other processes as requested or required, etc.; proofreads materials and verifies documents, invoices, etc.; drafts routine letters and memos; may type correspondence, requisitions, invoices, cards, lists, etc.; and performs activities and functions of related lower-level personnel and such other related tasks and duties that are assigned or required.


 

Open Until Filled

Verifying Residency

All Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) employees must be residents of the City of Pittsburgh. PWSA will accept the following documents to verify legal residence, also known as a domicile.  One way to determine if you are residing within the City of Pittsburgh is to see to whom you pay local taxes.  Several areas of the city have streets within the City and a borough (e.g. Greentree, Wilkinsburg). 

Human Resources will accept the following documents to verify residency. Additionally, the PWSA reserves the right at all times to request clarification and/or other supporting evidence and documentation to ensure that employees are compliant.

One of the following documents must be presented to prove domicile and legal residence:

  • Current executed Lease Agreement
    • Include a canceled check for one month’s payment or the security deposit.
  • Mortgage payment booklet
  • Document identifying homeowner name and property address.
  • Title to domicile property.

Also, two of the following supporting documents, showing the City address, must be presented:

  • Vehicle Registration Card
  • Vehicle Insurance Card
  • Current Gas Bill *
  • Current Electric Bill  *
  • Current Telephone Bill  *
  • Current Cell Phone Bill
  • Current Cable Bill  *

*NOTE:  A letter from the representative company confirming it is establishing service for the new resident is acceptable.

Prior to purchasing or renting a place of residence, applicants and employees may email HR@pgh2o.com to verify that the property is located within the City of Pittsburgh.