Two PWD employees examine the plants in a green stormwater management tool. One has short, light brown hair, wears a black face mask and a vibrant safety yellow Green Stormwater Operations team t-shirt. The other has long dark hair pulled back into a ponytail, wears sunglasses, a black face mask with white diagonal stripes, and a blue polo with the old PWD logo embroidered on the chest. Both are wearing blue jeans and hold notebooks, as the one in the blue polo leans over to point at something. The camera is held low among the plants so some grasses and other plants are out of focus in the foreground.

PWD Careers

Employment opportunities with the Philadelphia Water Department

New PWD Employee Recognition Program!

Members of the public and staff from across the department are encouraged to recognize moments of great performance by nominating a PWD employee. Learn more →

Work with Water

Every day, PWD goes to work on behalf of all Philadelphians, protecting public health and the environment by providing clean, safe water.

Our crews, facilities, and infrastructure can be found in every corner of the City. Our employees are a part of the communities they serve, and take immense pride in the difference they make in millions of lives.

We need your voice – your passion, your drive, your commitment – to help us create a better Philadelphia.

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A glimpse into the Philadelphia Water Department Contact Center: pairs of computer monitors on movable arms peek above low cubicle walls. In one of the nearest cubes, a representative with short brown hair, glasses, a bit of a five-o-clock shadow, and a headset looks at a monitor. Others are partially visible, though out of focus, in the distance, against a backdrop of glass-walled offices and a conference room, and one side wall painted dark blue.

Civil Service

Full-time opportunities with PWD are part of the City of Philadelphia’s Civil Service. Applications must be submitted through the City’s central Office of Human Resources.

Learn more about the Civil Service process and how to apply →
Lerone, with his neat shoulder-length locs tied back and short black facial hair, wears safety goggles, a white lab coat, and blue nitrile gloves, as he places water samples in glass vials into a circular rack with four concentric rings of round holes at the front of a piece of equipment.
Lerone Luster, Science Technician, prepares water samples for analysis.


We’re invested in both your career, and in helping you maintain a happy, healthy life.  We offer:

  • Health, vision, and dental benefits
  • Prescription drug plan
  • Defined pension plan
  • 12 paid holidays per year
  • 10 paid vacation days per year
  • 15 paid sick days per year
  • 5 paid administrative leave days
  • Sick & vacation carryover
  • 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • 15 days of military leave
  • Employee wellness and assistance programs
  • Voluntary deferred compensation plan
  • Flexible health care spending account
  • Pre-tax commuter discount benefit
  • Tuition reimbursement


Interested graduates of pre-apprenticeship programs and career or technical education high school programs can gain valuable skills and work experience through apprenticeships in skilled trades.

Student Employment

PWD hires students currently enrolled in an accredited high school, trade school, college, or other accredited institution, for short-term positions in engineering, science, data management, administration, and trades.

Jasmine started at PWD as an Apprentice in the Safety unit. She is pictured here with a big smile, holding the brim of a yellow hard hat worn over her pulled-back dark hair. She is wearing a neon yellow-green safety vest over a white t-shirt and standing in front of a concrete block wall mostly painted tan (the top row visible is painted white).
Jasmine started with PWD as an Apprentice with the Safety Unit

What We Do

We provide water, wastewater, and stormwater services to the roughly 1.5 million citizens of Philadelphia, and surrounding communities.

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