Source Water Specialist — Vermont Rural Water Association

The Source Water Specialist provides assistance to public water systems in Vermont to protect drinking water sources. This assistance includes the development and implementation of source water protection plans as well as onsite technical assistance at water systems.

A Source Protection Plan is a document that public water systems are required to have to minimize the risk of contamination to their drinking water source. The Source Water Specialist will work with water system personnel, state agencies, and local communities to write new Source Protection Plans and update existing plans. This position also provides education and outreach to community members.

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Responsibilities Include:

  • Write and update Source Protection Plans, including maps
  • Work closely with regulators at the State of Vermont
  • Provide onsite assistance to drinking water systems
  • Collaborate with other staff at Vermont Rural Water as necessary
  • Work and communicate effectively with a wide variety of people, including federal, state and local officials; the public; academic partners; and other nongovernmental organizations
  • Cultivate creative ideas of others in order to identify potential solutions to complex problems
  • Compile monthly progress reports
  • Adhere to program budget with assistance from Executive Director
  • Write articles for Vermont Rural Water’s newsletter
  • Attend monthly staff meetings

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with water resource field and/or watershed planning
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort with computers, internet, and Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with GIS and mapping software
  • Reliable transportation
  • Willingness to travel and attend occasional evening meetings
  • Ability to pass a background check

Salary:  Commensurate with experience

Anticipated Start: October 2022


  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Health insurance, dental reimbursement, and vision coverage
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Life insurance and disability insurance (short- and long-term)
  • Paid sick leave and vacation time
  • 11 paid holidays and 2 paid personal days per year

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to by September 20, 2022

The Vermont Rural Water Association is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. We value diverse perspectives, talents, and identities.

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