Water Specialist (KRWA Circuit Rider)

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Job Title: Water Specialist 1 (Circuit Rider)
Organization: Kentucky Rural Water Association

Are you ready to make a real impact on water systems and communities in need?  We are looking for a dedicated and passionate Water Specialist 1 (Circuit Rider) to join our team.

Position Summary:

As a Water Specialist 1 (Circuit Rider) with the Kentucky Rural Water Association, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring access to clean and safe drinking water for underserved communities. You will provide financial, managerial, and technical assistance to water systems, simultaneously, meeting the obligations set forth by the National Rural Water Association's USDA-RD Circuit Rider Contract. Your goal will be to assist these systems in delivering safe drinking water efficiently while ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. At KRWA, we provide an outstanding benefits package, complemented by a salary that aligns with your experience and expertise.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Possess a Class 3-A or higher treatment license and a Class 2 or higher distribution license.

  • Skilled at process control and jar testing.

  • Located along or east of the I-75 corridor.

Essential Functions:

  • Ensure completion and compliance with the goals, objectives, and deliverables required by KRWA's sub-award of the NRWA USDA-RD Circuit Rider Contract.

  • Provide direct onsite financial, managerial, and technical assistance to eligible water systems, offering support by phone and email as needed.

  • Accurately complete all required reports and requested documents within designated timelines, meeting the sub-award and KRWA requirements.

  • Conduct training sessions on industry topics in the water field and contribute written articles/materials to KRWA's marketing efforts.

  • Assist the Director of Programs and Operations in achieving the strategic goals of the Association.

Other Accountabilities:

  • Provide emergency response assistance to water systems, aiding in physical or economic recovery related to disasters.

  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of all state and federal regulations applicable to water systems.

  • Effectively communicate with coworkers, utility representatives, regulators, and the public in a professional manner.

  • Demonstrate strong organizational and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently or as part of a team.

  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Director of Programs and Operations or the Executive Director to promote the strategic goals of the Association.


  • Graduation from an accredited high school or education equivalent. A post-secondary degree in a related field of study is preferred.

  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience working in the water utility industry with a well-rounded knowledge of the financial, managerial, and technical aspects of water systems.

  • Experience working with regulatory agencies with authority over water utilities in Kentucky.

  • Maintain appropriate state professional license(s). A Kentucky Class II Water Treatment and/or Distribution Operator Certification License, or higher certification, is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Special Requirements:

  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of the operations of a public water system.

  • Stay informed about state and federal regulations relevant to public water systems.

  • Keep abreast of new rules, techniques, and treatment options related to public water systems.

  • Effectively communicate in person, by phone, in print, or electronically in a professional manner.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with water utility representatives.

  • Proficiency in word processing, excel spreadsheets, and database applications.

  • Exercise independent judgment in advising utilities regarding their business and system operations.

  • Possess a valid driver's license.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Ability to travel extensively throughout the workweek and respond to work during non-workweek hours or emergencies.

  • Work environment may include a general office setting, outdoor work in all weather conditions, and proximity to or handling of hazardous chemicals related to utility water treatment.

  • Use of a hard hat or other personal protective equipment may be required when applicable. 

How To Apply:

To apply for this position, please send your resume to our Marketing & Business Development Coordinator, Savannah Goad, at careers@krwa.org.

Kentucky Rural Water Association is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and experiences. Join our team and make a meaningful impact by helping rural communities secure clean and safe drinking water for their residents.