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Water Conservation Specialist

In many parts of the world, water has seemed like an unlimited resource. As populations grow, however, society needs more water to meet basic needs. Many communities are facing water shortages. Fortunately, there is an excellent short-term solution: using water efficiently. Water conservation specialists are experts in the efficient use of water who can make significant contributions to protecting our planet. They:

  • calculate possible water savings of large conservation programs;
  • recommend ways business, agriculture, and consumers can save water;
  • administer programs for community groups that want to participate in conservation projects, such as a low-flush toilet exchange;
  • help forecast short-term and long-term water supply and demand;
  • participate in creating and promoting water conservation regulations;
  • collect, interpret, and analyze water use data to see if the water agency is meeting conservation goals; and
  • recommend new water-saving equipment.

Education: Four-year college degree in natural or physical science, environmental or civil engineering, economics, natural resource management, urban or regional planning, or public administration
Entry-level opportunities: Prior experience is generally required
Certifications, licenses No
Desirable traits and skills: Good math skills; good people skills; good written and communication skills; comfortable with technology

For more information:
American Water Works Association
6666 W. Quincy Avenue
Denver, CO 80235