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Water Resource Specialists: The U.S. Department of Labor Kindly Requests Your Assistance in Defining ‘Water Resource Specialist’

Last summer about this time I asked you for assistance in helping the USGot Water
Department of Labor ensure that the occupational term ‘Hydrologist’ was properly defined. You responded and the folks (Tammy Belcher) at RT(Research Triangle Institute), a Department of Labor contractor, were very appreciative.

Tammy (877-233-7348 ext. 119 or is back again this year, but this time it’s for the occupational term ‘Water Resource Specialist’. And you could get $40 cash money! I’m all in.

Water Resource Specialist: Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues. 

For details download her request below (PDF or .docx) or read the material below the line of stars. Please respond to her by 15 August 2015.

PDF: Download Volunteer_Request_Water_Resource_Spec

Word:  Download Volunteer_Request_Water_Resource_Spec



11 July 2016

Dear Members of the Water Resources Community:

The O*NET Data Collection Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is seeking the input of expert Water Resource Specialists. As the nation’s most comprehensive source of occupational data, O*NET is a free resource for millions of job seekers, employers, veterans, educators, and students at

You have the opportunity to participate in this important initiative as it will help ensure that the complexities of your profession are described accurately in the O*NET Database for the American public for career exploration and job analysis.

Water Resource Specialists: Design or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues. 

You are considered an Occupation Expert if you meet the following criteria:

  • At least 5 years of experience with the occupation. Includes those who are now supervising, teaching, or training IF you have at least one year of practice during your career.
  • Currently active in the occupation (practicing, supervising, teaching and/or training) and based in the U.S.

If you meet these criteria and are interested in participating as an occupation expert, please email or call Tammy Belcher by 15 August 2016 at the O*NET Operations Center at RTI International (the O*NET data collection contractor) 877-233-7348 ext. 119 or tbelcher@onet.rti.organd provide the following:

  • Name/ # years of experience
  • Address with city and state
  • Daytime phone number
  • Email address
  • Do you have at least one year of practice in the occupation and are you still active?

Process and Participation Incentive:
A random sample of experts responding to this request will be invited to complete a set of questionnaires (paper or online versions available). $40.00 in cash and a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Labor will be included with the questionnaires.

We encourage you to consider helping to keep information about your profession accurate and current for the benefit of our colleagues and the nation. Thank you very much for your support of the DOL’s O*NET program.


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