WEF and AWWA Launch Redesigned Work for Water Website

September 18, 2019

WEF Resources & Efforts

To streamline the job-seeking process for newcomers and help spread the word about the benefits of water careers, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver, Colo.) partnered to redevelop and relaunch the Work for Water website earlier this summer.

The website features an intuitive map that offers state-specific certification information for all 50 U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The map not only directs users to the main regulatory agency for drinking water and wastewater in each state for details on certification requirements, but also offers ways to get in touch with each state’s or region’s AWWA section and WEF Member Association.

The new Work for Water website, developed by the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA; Denver, Colo.), offers newcomers to the water industry an array of resources to help streamline the job search process. Click here to visit the site.

“Our intention is for this map to help site visitors find information specific to their region,” said Jessica Rozek, operations program manager for WEF, who played a major role in the site’s relaunch. “We plan to continue to expand and enhance the map’s content in the coming months.”

The site also includes profiles on 11 broad career paths in water. These career paths offer lists of job functions, knowledge requirements, skills, and education levels.


Attracting New Talent

The need for water professionals in virtually every community in the world and the large number of water professionals nearing retirement age makes the industry an excellent candidate for those seeking flexible, long-term careers. Working in the water sector comes with outstanding benefits: the chance to use your skills to directly benefit your local community, work in a diverse array of settings, and receive competitive pay in the process.

“We must have a strong and steady pipeline of talent entering the water workforce to successfully continue our mission to protect public health and the environment,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “It was vital to build a modern online portal to promote water professions and provide resources for entering the workforce.”


Great Careers for Veterans

The site also offers resources geared toward military veterans re-entering the civilian workforce, who tend to have proven records of excellence in teamwork, leadership, and working effectively under stressful conditions. Through the site, veterans can access a specialized Military Second Career guide, as well as connect with local liaisons narrowly focused on finding new jobs for returning veterans.

Water-sector career requirements for education and licensing vary widely by state. The new Work for Water website offers a specialized map to help guide prospective water workers through the specific requirements in their region.

“The water industry desperately needs an infusion of new talent,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Launching this website will go a long way toward attracting the sharpest minds to work for water.”

Visit www.workforwater.org to explore the new site.

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