AWWA believes military members are a good fit for the water sector because of their technical expertise and experience working nontraditional hours in a regulated environment.
In early August 2017, AWWA President Brenda Lennox, CEO David LaFrance, former AWWA President Katie McCain, and other AWWA volunteers and staff met in Washington D.C. with representatives from Soldier for Life, Marine for Life, Veterans Affairs, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Defense to build awareness and strategies to help Veterans work in the water sector. The Veterans Workforce Initiative was thus born.
The goal of the Veterans Workforce Initiative is to help Veterans secure jobs in the water industry. Volunteers from AWWA Sections are available to network with Veterans and help connect them to the water sector. Interested Veterans and/or volunteers should e-mail AWWA Veterans Staff for more information.
The Veterans Workforce Initiative has developed toolkits for employers looking to hire Veterans and flyers for Veterans interested in the water sector.
This toolkit for employers contains links to valuable resources to help your organization recruit, hire and retain Veteran employees.
This flyer for Veterans encourages Veterans to consider a career in the water sector and connects them with AWWA resources and our AWWA section volunteer network.
Volunteers located in each AWWA section are available to assist individual Veterans interested in the water sector. They can give advice and help connect Veterans to training and job opportunities in your region. Connect to a liaison in your local section by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.