Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search in Green, Environmental and Infrastructure Markets is now searching for Water/Waste water Practice Leader for a national engineering consulting firm. Ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of demonstrated experience in municipal waste water and water projects, distribution and collection systems, stormwater management and wetlands resource projects plus the following skills and abilities:
A demonstrated “Seller/Doer” track record of business development, project management and technical accomplishments in municipal water/waste water and water resources projects such as distribution and collection systems, storm water management and wetlands with Atlanta and Georgia based clients
Strong knowledge of local regulations, political and legal issues affecting water/waste water and water resources projects in the Georgia market
Oversee the work of mid level engineers and other staff members
Alabama, Florida and Georgia are in court fighting over it. Western States like Arizona, Colorado and California have a shortage of it. It has caused millions of dollars of damage in the Midwest. What is it? -Water. Clean water is a hot issue across the US because it is essential life and our economy. Many areas of the US are struggling to find more sources of water to meet the demand of their growing populations. Yet most job seekers are unaware of the potential jobs available in protecting this vital resource. Here are some reasons why job seekers should consider a career in the water industry:
High Number of Job Openings: Like other utility companies, water companies and engineering consultants are faced with a large number of retirements in their engineering, operations and maintenance ranks. This exodus is not just a loss of numbers but also a loss of institutional knowledge (Knowledge Capital). They will need well trained people to step into the open positions.
High Investment Potential: It is well publicized that our country’s water infrastructure needs at least $ 1 trillion dollars of investment to get it modern standards. While this level of investment will not happen at once, governments, water authorities and politicians know the work needs to be done and projects will create well paying jobs. One of the hottest areas of water jobs will be flood and storm water management.
Increased Regulations: Believe or not, increased regulatory standards are good in some cases because they provide standards to protect the water supply from potential threats such as terrorism and pollution. The water industry is also entering into “Smart Grid” technology with the deployment of high tech water meters and quality monitors.
Low numbers of trained professionals: The retirements of “baby boomers” will leave a wealth of job opportunities but a dearth of knowledge in some geographic areas. Trained and experienced water professionals who choose to move into the areas will have good prospects for jobs.
What You Should Do For Your Water Job
Investigate the water industry for career opportunities on H2Opportunity website especially water treatment plant operator
Research at the vast array of companies in the water industry across the Internet
Today, bloggers, companies and environmental groups from around the world are banding together to raise awareness about the need for clean water. Of course, I am the odd one of the bunch because my blog focuses on green, environmental and infrastructure jobs. I know the Blog Action Day folks wanted me to write something about water pollution or scarcity but the fundamental question for me is “How do we solve the clean water issue if we do not have enough qualified professionals to do the job?
The Problem and Solution to the Issue of Clean Water is People
Water is our most precious resource because it is essential to all life. Yet in our daily lives, we unconsciously waste or pollute it on a regular basis. In 2009, The American Society of Civil Engineers estimated that we (the United States) lose nearly 7 BILLION GALLONS of drinking water per day(Check it out here) through leakage from underground infrastructure, toilets and faucets. Further, our groundwater, oceans, rivers and streams are contaminated with billions of gallons of untreated wastewater on a daily basis from aged and corroded sewers. (Check it out). For some, the solving the clean water problem is a matter of making more investments; educating the public and enforcing hard caps on usage but these are only part of the solution. The real solution to the clean water problem is educating the public; making prudent investments and increasing the number of qualified water professionals to implement the infrastructure improvements.
You may be thinking “ You are just saying that because you recruit and place water professionals”. That is not totally true. With the “Baby Boomers” retiring in record numbers, the recession and the enormity of our country’s infrastructure problems, there will not be enough water professionals to meet the future demand. (Check out “The Crumbling of America”) The Baby Boomers occupy the majority of water related infrastructure jobs. Their absence and the declining enrollments engineering and science related degrees will hamper the efforts to fix the water infrastructure. Fixing our water infrastructure will save billions of gallons of water and create thousands of long term well paying jobs.
The Challenge: What You Can Do
In the hope to stir people into action, I want to issue a challenge:
Hold your government officials accountable for enforcing clean water regulations and maintaining water infrastructure
Help educate the public on the importance of water conservation and ways to cut pollution
Conserve water and encourage others to conserve water whenever possible
Seek a career in the water industry if it is part of your career goals
Encourage young people and career changers to seek careers in the water industry