Chicago-area veterans and military spouses, the water sector wants you!

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No matter your MOS, rating, or specialty code, there is a career in water for you. Please join us at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet employers and learn about the industry at the largest annual water quality event in the world. Transportation*, registration, and lunch will be provided. Military spouses are welcome, and you’ll have a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Sign up by September 23. Conference registration instructions will be sent out in mid September. 

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*Bus transportation will be provided from Naval Station Great Lakes. If you are arriving on your own, you can find directions and other transportation information on the McCormick Place website.

Schedule of Events

12:00 – Transportation departs for Naval Station Great Lakes.

13:00 – Transportation arrives at McCormick Place. For those arriving on their own, meeting instructions will be provided.

13:15 – Tour of Exhibition floor and Operations Challenge

13:45 – Introduction to the water sector and success stories

14:15 – Career Fair - Network with sector employers, TAP resource providers, and Skillbridge program partners. Boxed lunch will be provided.

16:00 – Free time at the Exhibition and Exhibition Reception

16:30 – Return Transportation departs McCormick Place

The water industry is a great fit for Veterans

Lieutenant Colonel Dale Kooyenga talks about a new initiative to recruit water industry professionals to serve as Public Water and Sanitation Civil Affairs Officers in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Jobs with a mission: With a career in the water sector, you can continue your public service by working to provide and ensure safe, sanitary water for your community. Go to work each day knowing that you are making a positive impact through serving others and ensuring public health.

Good Pay, High Job Security: Careers in water are stable with good salaries and benefits and are found all over the country. Due to retirements in the industry, many positions are now available for people new to the industry, or for experienced water professionals. Everyone needs water and water jobs are available in every part of the country. Water and wastewater professionals serve the smallest and largest communities.

Build on your skills: The water sector prizes the skills that Veterans bring to their work, whether they are working in personnel and utility management, or as a water/wastewater operator or engineer. Former service members have initiative, are excellent at teamwork, are natural leaders and communicators, work well under stress, and will make sure they fulfill their mission of providing safe water to the community.

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