The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Branch of Water Resources has some information on these two workforce development programs.

Please visit link for more information.  https://www.bia.gov/bia/ots/division-natural-resources/branch-water-resources

The Environmental Protection Agency has an interagency effort underway to support a nationwide campaign to plan and prepare for critical staff shortages, due to impending retirements, in the water workforce that operates and maintains the essential drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in both rural and urban communities.

ETA has been engaged with EPA in this effort in a couple of ways.  The Office of Apprenticeship registered an apprenticeship program sponsored by the National Rural Water Association, and DNPTTA has worked with ETA on developing and promoting a Water Utility competency model.  

I recently learned about two other water workforce development programs, specifically focused on Native American Youth--and I just thought I would share this info with both DINAP and DYS in case you might be interested in posting something about these opportunities on a community of practice within WorkforceGPS.   So sharing the below for your information. 

  • Water Resources Technician Training (WRTT): Native American high school graduates between the ages of 18 to 24 attend the University of Arizona summer program and become eligible as AmeriCorps interns who are placed in Water Resources programs throughout the country with federal and tribal water agencies.  The objective of the training program is to provide native students an introduction to water resource management based principles on practical/technical skills and an understanding of the fundamental theories and practices related to basic surface water, groundwater and water quality topics.
  • The Native American Water Corps program incorporates the Play-Learn-Service Work goals of the Department of Interior and the objectives of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) were combined within the Water Corps program design.  

For more information, please contact BIA staff member - Christina Mokhtarzadeh at bia.watertraining.bia.gov.