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Careers for the Blue Planet


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Presentation at the Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on October 4, 2018

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Careers for the Blue Planet

  1. 1. Careers for the Blue Planet October 4, 2018 JB/KD
  2. 2. The Need Pollution Population growth Shrinking clean, fresh water supplies Aging infrastructures (water treatment, wastewater treatment) Overdevelopment (stormwater runoff) Climate Change (drought, flooding) Ocean acidification and More
  3. 3. “No water. No life. No blue. No green.” Sylvia Earle “Water and air, the two essential fluids on which life depends, have become global garbage cans.” JY Cousteau “For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” JY Cousteau
  4. 4. Careers Government NonProfits Business Education
  5. 5. Government Municipal/State/Federal Wastewater Treatment Water Treatment Stormwater Management Environmental Protection (EPA) Planning (resilience, adaptation, coastal management) Conservation Health Emergency Management (e.g. flooding) Watershed/Habitat Protection and Ecological Restoration (e.g. wetlands) and More
  6. 6. POSITIONS IN WATER MANAGEMENT IN COMMUNITIES, FOR EXAMPLE: Administration Executive Management, Customer Service, Project Management, Public Relations, Regulatory Compliance Manager Engineering Inspector, Supervisor, Hydrology Technician, Surveyor, GIS Specialist Laboratory Environmental Monitoring, Instrumentation Technician, Lab Analysis Technician, Health & Safety Supervisor, Quality Assurance Control Technician Plant Maintenance Electrician, Maintenance Supervisor
 WasteWater Operations
 Chief Operator, Collection System Operator, Plant Operator, Process Control Operator Water Operations Cross Connection Specialist, Heavy Equipment Operator, Industrial Water Systems Operator, Instrumentation Technician, Mechanic, Software Programmer, Water Treatment Operator Watershed and Runoff Control Agricultural Water Specialist, Aquatic Habitat Restoration Technician, Dredge Operator, Ground Water Remediation Technician, Hydrogeology Technician, Hydrology Technician, Surface Water Technician, Stormwater Technician, Sustainable Landscaper, Water Conservation Technician, Well Driller, Wetland Delineation Specialist Government Quabbin Reservoir
  7. 7. Government Resources MassCareers Job Opportunities Massachusetts Municipal Career Opportunities US EPA Careers in Massachusetts New England Water Environment Association Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association Career Brochure:
  8. 8. Nonprofits -New England Aquarium -Watershed Associations Charles River, Mystic River, Assabet/Sudbury/Concord Rivers -Coastal Associations Buzzards Bay Coalition, Salem Sound Coastwatch -Boston Harbor Islands -Surfrider Foundation -Plastic Pollution Coalition POSITIONS Administration, Education, Biology/Science, Advocacy, Communications, and many more
  9. 9. Nonprofit Resources Many organizations have career webpages, for example: New England Aquarium: Charles River Watershed: Buzzards Bay: job-opportunities/ Boston Harbor Islands Other orgs with career info: Massachusetts Nonprofit Network resources-2/nonprofit-job-board/ New England Water Environment Association Massachusetts Water Pollution Control Association Low Impact Hydro Power Institute
  10. 10. Business Clean ups (oil/toxics/pollution) Environmental solutions Recreation & tourism Water purification Hydroelectric power Water-efficiency and more POSITIONS: Administration, Engineering, Design, Finance, HR, Environmental Law, Communications, Marketing, Sales, Project Management, ….all the conventional careers you can imagine, and all the interdisciplinary careers you can dream up.
  11. 11. Business Businesses have career webpages, for example: Weston&Sampson our-team/ Horsley Witten Group Clean Harbors Aquarion
  12. 12. Education Marine, Estuarine, and Freshwater Biology Oceanography Hydrology POSITIONS: Curriculum Development, Teacher, Professor, Researcher, Communications, etc.
  13. 13. Resources Many institutes and colleges and organizations have career webpages, for example: Woods Hole Institute Northeastern University University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Charles River Watershed University of Massachusetts, Boston Boston University Suffolk University Salem State University Marine Education Program, Center for Coastal Studies and many more
  14. 14. “People protect what they love.” JY Cousteau “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Steve Jobs