Information for Communities
Training with hands-on learning in the classroom, out on the land and in community water treatment plants.
Benefits to communities
- 14-20 full-time paid positions, lasting 15 months for young adult community members.
- One full-time paid, 18-month local coordinator position.
- 2,000 hours in the classroom, at local water treatment facilities, and out on the land.
- Including local traditional knowledge, incorporated with community guidance, strengthens the program’s success.
- Graduates certified as Small Systems Operators and Operators in Training with the ability to obtain their Water Quality Analyst certification, completion of the Entry Level course for Drinking Water Operators, and challenge the Class 1 operator exam.*
- Graduates trained in environmental water quality sampling.
- Increased female participation in the water sciences.
- Increased numbers of local, certified water treatment plant operators.
- Enhanced sustainability of water treatment plants, local source water and environmental water bodies.
* Ontario provincial certifications. Water First can adapt to other provinces or territories certification requirements.
Recruitment and Hiring
(Interns and Local Coordinator)
- 8+ week-long training workshops
- Drinking water certification exams
- Work placements in community water treatment plants
- Online learning modules
- Online tutorials
Beyond the technical skills
Wrap-around supports such as childcare services and transportation ensure the program works for a diverse set of participants. Interns are also supported in areas such as resume writing, interview prep and employment coaching, while increasing their contacts in the Indigenous water field. Graduates of the program become part of the Water First Alumni Network, which provides continuing career development opportunities and an ever expanding professional network.
Long-term sustainable outcomes
The Internship program helps communities in a meaningful way with sustainable outcomes. Our partners have strengthened capacity in managing and stewarding their water resources for the long term.
Trust building, meaningful partnerships and lasting results
Water First’s collaborative approach sets us apart. Trust building, meaningful partnerships and lasting results are key strands that are woven together to form Water First’s work. We strive to understand our partner communities’ needs and preferences, and to adapt the design and delivery of our program to unique community circumstances. This approach is critical to program success and leads to strong partnerships and lasting results.