27 Jan 2009

Water Jobs Bleg

Okay folks, I need some help here...

I get emails from students, bankers, professionals, et al. who are seeking jobs in the water industry.

Many of them make the perfectly valid point that "water" is becoming more important. Many of them assume that jobs should surface in proportion to this increasing importance, but many of them are still unemployed.

So -- here's your opportunity to help!

Please comment or Email me with websites, resources, etc. for people seeking jobs in the water sector. These jobs can be engineering, but the largest demand supply is from workers seeking jobs in the "soft" areas (venture capital, environment, economics, management, etc.)

Bottom Line: The importance of a sector is a function of the number of people working in that sector. Do we really value gambling (195,000 employees) more than water (40,000 employees)?


  1. Two places to start would be:

    American Water Works Association - http://www.awwa.org/CareerCenter/

    WEF - http://jobbank.wef.org/search.cfm

    (WEF - Water Environment Federation is more on the wastewater side of things)

  2. I work for a large international engineering firm in the water sector and there is still strong demand for engineers/technical professionals. Marketing jobs (those involved in proposals, sales & business development) are likely the best soft opportunities in our industry--competition is ramping up as the economy causes work to be delayed/deferred.

    For "soft" jobs look into on communications/public information at your local water utility, city and county governments--especially if you have the ability to bridge the communications gap between technical people and broader audiences. They've a big sell-job ahead to the public and stakeholders for rate issues, huge capital expenditures for infrastucture, and conservation/use restrictions. In the public works sector there is growing anxiety about mass retirements and talent loss as boomers retire en masse.

  3. Here is a site that lists many positions, primarily technical but some management and policy positions.


  4. there is also the Cal-Nevada section of AWWA job listing at


  5. If any of your readers looking for jobs in the venture capital sector (or any sector) of the water industry want to help raise funds for implementing our waterbag demonstration voyage efforts around the world, they should link to YouTube and insert the words, "Spragg Bag" in the selection box to see a video of the network news television coverage we received in Washington State, and review our website, www.waterbag.com. If after reviewing this information they think they can be of help to our demonstration voyage fund raising efforts they can contact me at Spraggbag@gmail.com for more information. Terry Spragg

  6. Here are a few resources for those seeking employment in the water sector:

    1) Indeed.com - keyword "water" I get an email every morning around 5:00 am with a listing of new jibs in my zip code....one can modify the search anyway they choose.

    2) Watertechonline.com (http://www.watertechonline.com/) often has a few jobs posted.

    3) http://www.e-waternewsweekly.com/ and www.findwaterjobs.com

    4) Subscribe to Global Water Intelligence out of London...pricey, but well worth it.

    5) A lot more out there, but starts to require differentiation among engineers, MBA types, public health types, investment advisers, entrepreneurs, venture capital, etc...

  7. We all hear that there are jobs in the water industry. All quite true. I talked with some colleagues within the USGS and they said that many positions would become available within the next few years as the baby boomers were retiring from the work force.

    Interesting fact - A lot of the positions are in remote areas. It is hard to recruit qualified applicants to areas like Bismark, ND or Casper WY...

    Want to work on the Water? Like the outdoors? Hydrological Techs are in demand. http://environment.gatewaycc.edu/Programs/HydrologicTechnician/ is one of the few colleges that has a formal training program for them.

    BTW, baby boomers are also retiring from other portions of the infrastructure (Hydro Plants, Waste Water, etc).



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