Alumni Advice: Working to Save Water

Maren Schermer’17 talks about her job at the Portland Water Bureau.

Job: Water Efficiency Assistant at the Portland Water Bureau

Major: Environmental Studies Major

Typical job responsibilities: Installing devices to collect data on customer water use, creating water use histories with customer data, working at community events to give out water-saving devices, and writing blog posts on ways to save water.

Typical challenges of the work: City jobs like this are competitive due to how stable and flexible they are. Many of the people that I work with have been with the city for 10 to 20 years.

Education level: Bachelor’s degree.

Advice for current Beloit College students: Sustainability is a new field, so there isn’t a standard path to follow. Explore anything and everything that interests you. It may end up leading you to a cool, sustainability-related job.

September 21, 2020

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