BAYWORK’s 6th Annual Career Fair at Laney College

Submitted by Steve Currie, East Bay Municipal Utilities District

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Pamela Astarte talks about SFPUC careers to a job-seeker at BAYWORK Career Fair 2019 at Laney College in Oakland.

Over 400 Bay Area high school students and job seekers came to the Laney College campus in Oakland on February 27, 2019, to learn about careers and employment opportunities in the water and wastewater industry. BAYWORK hosted two related events that day – The BAYWORK Career Exploration Fair (attended by approximately 200 high school students that morning), and the BAYWORK Career Fair (which attracted over 215 college students and other adult job seekers).

There were 27 participating Bay Area water and wastewater utilities, colleges, and other organizations. The event helped them to recruit and inspire future engineers, skilled trades workers, and scientists, as well as experts in customer service, business operations, finance, policy, planning, and communications.

The high school students and teachers represented schools from San Francisco, the Peninsula, the East Bay, and the Eden Area ROP (Regional Occupational Program).

On hand to help prospective students find a pathway to these careers were representatives from 5 colleges and universities, as well as JVS (Jewish Vocational Service), a workforce development non-profit. There were also guided tours of Laney College’s vocational shops and programs.

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Dolores Williams (right) with Valley Water speaks to a job-seeker at the BAYWORK Career Fair 2019 at Laney College.

Based on the enormous response to these events and other regional outreach efforts coordinated through BAYWORK, one thing is clear– water careers are generating a wellspring of interest that is only growing.

For more information about water/wastewater industry careers, visit the BAYWORK website at
www.baywork.org .

Participating BAYWORK agencies at this event included:

  • Alameda County Water District (ACWD)
  • California Water Environment Association (CWEA)
  • City of Napa
  • City of Pittsburg
  • City of Pleasanton
  • City of San Jose
  • Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD)
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)
  • Marin Municipal Water District
  • Napa Sanitary District (NapaSan)
  • Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD)
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
  • South San Francisco/San Bruno Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Union Sanitary District (USD)
  • Valley Water
  • Zone 7 Water District