Source Water Protection Specialist

Michigan Rural Water Association



MRWA is looking to hire a Source Water Protection Specialist.  This position will assist rural and small communities served by public water systems to reduce or eliminate the potential risks to drinking water supplies through the development of Source Water Protection Plans and providing assistance to entities for the implementation of contamination prevention measures.  This position covers the State of Michigan and does require travel throughout the State and some out of state travel is also required.  This position requires multi-year experience or educational background in the water industry and/or local or county government in a compatible area to source water protection or land use planning.  Position also requires technical knowledge of surface water, groundwater and the public water supply.  If interested please forward a cover letter and resume to Tim Neumann at  Deadline to apply is January 17, 2022.  MRWA is EOE.

Basic Function

Provides technical assistance to rural and small communities in the formation of source water protection plans.


Specific Responsibilities

 ·  Develop and implement a plan to address the state specific source water protection needs of rural and small community water systems in the state.

·  Provides assistance and support in facilitating the implementation of source water protection plans.

·         Facilitates and mediates planning meetings between various cross jurisdictional entities.

·         Provides assistance and support in source water protection planning.

·         Provides presentations and assistance to local officials, community groups, and others.

·         Attends NRWA in-service training sessions.

·         Writes reports and develops informational articles for dissemination.

·         Responds to inquiries from facilities, consumers, governmental agencies, and others regarding technical matters.

·         Acts as a liaison to create better coordination, communication and collaboration between rural and small community multi-jurisdictional entities and local, county, state and federal agencies.

·         Completes and submits the required reporting as scheduled.

·         Promote system attendance to all Association training sessions.

·         Participate in all Association training sessions as requested by the Executive Director.

·         Attend and participate as assigned at the Association Annual Conference.

·         Write articles for Association publications as requested by the Executive Director.

·         Contact Association on Monday with weekly schedule and update office to any changes.

·         USDA Source Water Specialist is responsible for all other duties as outlined by the Executive Director.

·         Attend staff meetings as called by Executive Director.


Internal Relationships

·   The USDA Source Water Protection Specialist will report to the Executive Director.

·   The USDA Source Water Specialist works closely with all Association personnel.

·   The USDA Source Water Protection Specialist works closely and communicates with the NRWA Source Water Project Manager to accomplish the requirements of the program.

External Relationships

The USDA Source Water Protection Specialist has frequent contact with water system personnel, government personnel, elected officials, industry representatives and technical organizations.