A plant operator inspects equipment at the Metro Plant.From machinists, electricians, and plant operators to interceptor service workers, engineers, environmental scientists, and support staff, our 653 employees share a commitment to protecting public health and the environment. Ask any of us why we work here, and the answer will be “clean water for future generations.” To support our work for generations to come, we are proactive in our plans to diversify our workforce, create a supportive workplace culture, and operate with financial responsibility and transparency.  

Building a skilled workforce 

Our skilled, dedicated workforce is the foundation of our success. Environmental Services employees are represented by seven trade and professional unions. 

  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) 
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (Local 49) 
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) 
  • Metropolitan Council Management Association (MANA) 
  • United Association of Pipefitters (Local 455) 

Equity Ambassadors foster inclusion through anti-microaggressions campaign 

In 2022, a group of Environmental Services employees identified ways to improve the workplace culture. Within our maintenance facility, a culture change campaign addressing microaggressions engaged approximately 76 managers and staff, raising awareness about microaggressions and providing skills to practice healthy responses in teachable moments. 

A group of interns on a tour of a wastewater treatment plant.Intern Development Program continues to generate creative solutions 

Each year, we host a robust internship program providing high school and college students with the opportunity to build essential leadership skills, build meaningful professional networks, and engage in long-lasting, impactful projects. In 2022, we hosted 13 interns through the Met Council’s internship program, Met Scholars, as well as high school students from the Cristo Rey Program.