Recruiting and Hiring New Water & Wastewater Workers


  • March 14, 2022
    9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Between the pandemic, retirements, and worker shortages, recruiting new employees in the water/wastewater profession is both challenging and essential. This two-part class will discuss a number of strategies that you can use to improve your recruitment, hiring, and retention practices.

The class will begin with Vermont Works for Women discussing topics related to workplace diversity, including:

    • Benefits of workplace diversity
    • Overview of implicit bias, occupational segregation, and other barriers for women (and other marginalized groups or minorities) to enter certain fields or workplaces
    • Tools and strategies for attracting diverse candidates to your company or organization
    • Best practices that create a “human-friendly” workplace that will make any employee want to stay for the long haul!

Next, Vermont Rural Water’s apprenticeship program coordinator, Paula Jackson, will share lessons learned from hiring and training apprentices, including:

    • Updating job descriptions to attract younger generations
    • Advertising and headhunting to fill open positions
    • Selecting the right candidate
    • Supporting new hires through training and studying for certification exams
    • Retaining employees by offering a livable wage and benefits

This class encourages discussion from participants.


3 TCH – Water & Wastewater

Registrants will receive the Zoom link by email the day before class.
Click here for more information about webinar trainings.

Alison Lamagna, Director of Programs & Gender Equity (Vermont Works for Women)
Missy Mackin, Program Manager (Vermont Works for Women)
Paula Jackson, Apprenticeship Program Coordinator (Vermont Rural Water)

Katherine Boyk (Vermont Rural Water)


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