Water Industry Careers

Water Industry Careers

West Basin provides a variety of free opportunities to help students and educators explore the fulfilling and diverse careers in the water industry, including:

  • Career-themed recycled water treatment facility tours
  • Live classroom career presentations
  • Recorded water industry professional interviews
  • …with more resources below!

To schedule a tour or career-focused presentation for your class, please contact West Basin Education Coordinator Janel Ancayan at (310) 660-6253 or JanelA@westbasin.org


West Basin Municipal District (West Basin) and the Water Replenishment District (WRD) are teamed up to present the 2022 Water Industry Careers Guest Panel, featuring a video library spotlighting two career paths in the water industry. A live panel was held on April 29, where high school students had the opportunity to learn and ask questions about career paths, training programs, and other opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Name Title Video Link
Camille Castillo Water Resources Engineer Watch Now
Stephanie Cuevas Senior Government Affairs Representative Watch Now
Recorded Event Water Industry Careers & Guest Panel Watch Now

 West Basin Career Spotlights Playlist

View pre-recorded interviews of water professionals and the recorded panel event from October 2020 at the links provided below.

Name Title Video Link
Josi Jenneskens Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Watch Now
Moises Santillan Assistant Hydrogeologist Watch Now
Jason Kung Operations Analyst Watch Now
Uzi Daniel Operations Manager Watch Now
Recorded Event Water Industry Careers & Guest Panel Watch Now

 West Basin Career Spotlights Playlist

California’s water industry provides many career paths that can be obtained with different levels of education from certification to technical and four-year degrees and above. This section provides information on operator certification, apprenticeship programs and industry associations, which can provide valuable networking and training opportunities for free or a reduced fee.

  1. State Water Resources Control Board – Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution Operator Certification Program
  2. State Water Resources Control Board – Wastewater Operator Certification Program
  3. American Water Works Association – CA-NV Chapter Student Membership
  4. California Water Environmental Association – Student Membership
  5. Metropolitan Water District – Apprenticeship Program
  6. Department of Water Resources – Apprenticeship Program

Educators are critical to supporting water industry career explorations for students of all ages. The following free curriculum resources are available to support career and technical education (CTE) in the classroom.

  1. Metropolitan Water District – UC A-G Approved Academic and CTE Curriculum
  2. Center for Water Studies – Career-themed Classroom Modules
  3. California Water Environment Association – Request a CA Water Careers Speaker


  1. Students will be able to introspectively explore, analyze and describe their:
    1. Aptitudes toward academic and vocational disciplines and preferred life-experiences
    2. Preferred work responsibilities and tasks
    3. Preferred work environments
  2. Students will be able to browse through a video library and view short, self-recorded testimonies of water professionals describing their job positions. Students will be encouraged to compare their career aspirations to selected water jobs and identify those water jobs that closely align with their aspirations as well as those positions that do not align.
  3. Students share their findings in a group discussion.

Download Lesson Plan  West Basin Career Spotlights Playlist West Basin/WRD Water Industry Careers Panel Library

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