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ESD: A place where people do great work and make a difference

Join us to make a difference!
 
The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in the past fiscal year, review the ESD 2018 Annual Report. For more information, please visit www.sjenvironment.org or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Join us to make a difference!

What we do
What's it like in a day in the life at San José's Environmental Services Department?
Every day we deliver world-class utility programs and services. Come join our award-winning team!
ESD manages award-winning programs and initiatives including Climate Smart San José; garbage and recycling services; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; sustainability initiatives; and the operation and $1.4 billion modernization of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF). ESD’s mission is to deliver world-class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment and economy. ESD has an operational budget of $300 million.

Join over 550 passionate, skilled staff who are committed to protecting public health and the environment. ESD’s culture is professional, innovative and fun. ESD Staff are experts in their field, their programs a model for other cities to emulate. Staff are encouraged to think creatively to improve services and enhance San Joséans quality of life.

Spotlight: ESD Capital Improvement Program staff
Diena Aly
Sanitary Engineer
Iris Molina
Associate Engineer
Kyle O'Dea
Associate Engineer
Megha Prakash
Associate Engineer

Spotlight: ESD Water Resources Division
The Water Resources Division in ESD supplies drinking water to customers, recycled water through 150 miles of pipeline (and growing!), and leads conservation efforts for our most precious resource. Learn more in the 2018 Water Quality Annual Report.

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 Hiring
Position  Deadline to Apply
Capital Improvement Program Deputy Director  Open until filled
Capital Improvement Program Senior Engineer  Open until filled
Senior Engineer at San José Municipal Water System  Open until filled / First screening July 8, 2019

Coming soon! Positions include:
  • Environmental Services Program Manager
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • System Applications Programmer
  • Wastewater Operators
  • Senior Public Information Representative
  • Public Information Representatives
  • CIP Principal Engineer
  • Water Systems Operators

Check back regularly for new openings!
Find all City listings here.


Videos
Burrowing Owls
The City’s successful habitat management program provides a happy home to the western burrowing owls living on the RWF bufferlands.
What happens to your recycling?
Learn what happens to your recycling in San José and why it's important to recycle right. Remember, everyone can do their part to keep San José clean and healthy!
Park Ave Green Streets Pilot Project
The City's green stormwater infrastructure improvements protect local waterways that drain into the San Francisco Bay. Natural processes help filter polluted stormwater runoff and promote healthier environments.



Spotlight: RWF/CIP
Join the RWF Capital Improvement Program (CIP) division in leading one of the largest public works programs in San José’s history! Check out CIP’s website for more information on the $1.4 billion infrastructure construction program currently in its first 10-year phase. While all this planning and construction is on-going, the facility is in continuous operation, serving 1.4 million residents and over 17,000 businesses in eight cities and four sanitation districts. 

Combine your expertise with the on-the-job experience you’ll gain in CIP by working with multi-discipline engineering professionals, program management consultants, and San José Public Works staff. You will enjoy career development, new skills, mentoring, and the benefits of contributing to your community. Explore a wastewater career at the RWF.

Digester & Thickener Facilities Upgrade
Four existing digesters, all between 30 and 60 years old, will be upgraded to maintain reliable processing capacity.
Emergency Generator Installation
Watch as we install four emergency generators at the RWF!
Behind the Flush
Watch to find out what’s behind the flush, and learn how the RWF protects our health, Bay and economy!


Awards
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LEED Platinum 2018
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Oracle Excellence Award: 
Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year 2018, Kerrie Romanow

Digester and Thickener Facilities Upgrade
Four existing digesters, all between 30 and 60 years old, will be upgraded to maintain reliable processing capacity.

Digester and Thickener Facilities Upgrade
Four existing digesters, all between 30 and 60 years old, will be upgraded to maintain reliable processing capacity.
Behind the Flush
Watch to find out what’s behind the flush, and learn how the RWF protects our health, Bay and economy!

Park Ave Green Streets Pilot Project
Watch to find out what’s behind the flush, and learn how the RWF protects our health, Bay and economy!
Digester and Thickener Facilities Upgrade
Four existing digesters, all between 30 and 60 years old, will be upgraded to maintain reliable processing capacity.