The Hydro Research Foundation’s first Hiring for Hydro program brought together 45 students from 10 colleges in the Pacific Northwest to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower and 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.
Students had to apply online to attend, and each student selected worked with a mentor from HRF on their resume. 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 how to connect with employment beyond the event.
“Hiring for Hydro is a landmark event drawing excitement from the hydropower industry as well as students,” said Brenna Vaughn, managing director of HRF. “It was a tremendous opportunity to see job seekers finding positions and learning about hydropower.”
HRF plans to continue this program in future years.
Applications for the HRF Research Awards Program are due March 15. Researchers are awarded support of one year of funding for masters, post-masters graduate research awards, or doctoral students for applied research in fields related to conventional and pumped-storage hydropower. The program is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.