9/8/23 Email Update

We’re Hiring!

The Training Administrator oversees Vermont Rural Water’s training and  apprenticeship programs. This involves collaborating with our training staff to schedule classes and plan Vermont Rural Water’s annual conference. It also involves working with apprentices at drinking water and wastewater utilities to track their progress through the apprenticeship program.

There is potential to expand the position’s duties based on the selected candidate’s strengths and interests, such as: event planning, developing new class topics, workforce development initiatives, and/or K-12 and post-secondary education.

View the job post at https://vtruralwater.org/job-training-administrator/

View full job description (PDF)

Send resume and cover letter to info@vtruralwater.org by September 20, 2023.

Fall Newsletter

Our fall newsletter is out with articles about July’s flooding, last winter’s ice storms, and service line inventories—plus our fall training calendar!

Read it online here.

Host an Intern

Vermont Works for Women is an organization that helps women get started in trade jobs. They are often looking for job sites that are willing to hold field trips, allow a student to job shadow, or host an intern. This is a great way to showcase the water and wastewater industry and attract new workers.

This fall, their Trailblazers program is looking for job sites in the Rutland area to host interns from October 30 through November 16. This is an unpaid internship on your part (VWW covers participants’ insurance) and there is no expectation of a job offer at the completion of the internship. Host employers must participate in a gender equity workshop prior to the start of the internship.

If you are interested, contact Missy Mackin at mmackin@vtworksforwomen.org or 802-655-8900 x 503.

Cybersecurity Pilot Program

The National Rural Water Association and Cyber Readiness Institute are holding a pilot program to provide free cybersecurity training to small and medium-sized water and wastewater utilities.

The pilot is a six-week program that will provide participants with coach-supported training and resources focused on improving cybersecurity risk management and ability to respond and recover from a cybersecurity incident. The program requires about an hour per week for six weeks and very minimal technical expertise. Participants proceed at their own pace with the help of a coach. Utilities will not be required to divulge cybersecurity weaknesses.

Water and wastewater utilities serving between 500 and 10,000 customers are eligible. As many as 200 utilities across the country can participate over the next year. The pilot project is sponsored by Microsoft.

If you would like to participate, email info@vtruralwater.org by Friday, October 6.