2017 Portland, OR Event Information
On Wednesday February 22nd, 2017 the first recruiting event for the hydropower industry was held and it was a smashing success.
Hiring for Hydro brought together 45 students from ten colleges in the Pacific Northwest to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower and then a special recruiting session. The event was established to address the hiring needs of the industry, build academic interest at the college level, and create a strong conduit between industry and regional schools.
Brenna Vaughn the managing director of the Hydro Research Foundation expressed great excitement in the effort. “Hiring for Hydro is a landmark event drawing excitement from the hydropower industry as well as students. It was a tremendous opportunity to see job seekers finding positions and learning about hydropower.” Students interested in attending had to apply through an online application and then each selected student worked with a mentor from HRF on their resume. During the event students were exposed to what a career in hydropower looks like, how to find jobs in the industry, the process to obtain work within the union environment, and beyond the event, how to connect with employment.
The Northwest Hydroelectric Association (NWHA) hosted the students at an awards luncheon where four students involved in Hiring for Hydro received merit awards. The award winners are Annika Anderson, Glenn Paden, Wayne McCray and Roxanna Magallanse.
In the afternoon, the students attended the general conference session at the Annual conference for NWHA about workforce transitions. Following the conference session students met with recruiters, shared resumes, heard about job opportunities and in some cases, scheduled calls or interviews. Ruth Erwert from Chelan County PUD shared, “This is a great event. It was well coordinated with top talent seeking careers in hydro. In this competitive market for engineers and other utility-specific positions, Hiring for Hydro had a marked advantage in recruiting for our company.” The HRF looks forward to continuing this vibrant new program in future years and was pleased to see the strong support from academia and the hydropower industry on this debut event.
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Parkway Portland, OR 97201
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The hydropower industry employs over 300,000 workers. With an expanding fleet of hydropower and a retiring workforce, now is the time to join the industry. Hydropower continues to grow and an estimated 700,000 jobs will be created by 2025. This industry is stable, pays well, and provides benefits that are hard to beat. For more information on jobs in hydro check out National Hydropower Association's website, and the resources tab.