Water Conservation Technician

Water Conservation Technician Program

This program is currently suspended

No new students are being admitted, effective immediately (9-14-2022). For students currently enrolled in the program, please contact Academic Advising at academicadvising@lanecc.edu for information.

Is the Water Conservation Technician program for you?

‘The imminent crisis of Earth’s shrinking water supply is building a wave of opportunities for scientific expertise, knowledge, and innovative solutions …’

-Carol Milano

Water matters to everyone, and globally, water issues are at crisis levels. Nationally, water providers are scrambling to replace aging infrastructure, retiring employees, and maintain quality and ecological integrity. Western states are already experiencing an exponential increase in water-related issues due to over-allocated surface water, decreasing snowpack trends, a doubling population by 2050 and rising pollution. As water-related issues continue to increase, more voluntary and mandatory water conservation opportunities are being created that require a technical skill set to address. If you’re interested in helping protect our limited water resources, the Water Conservation Technician program at Lane Community college is ready to prepare you for a career in the growing field of Water Conservation.

When you’re ready to get started, just apply! Our Admissions office will guide you through the steps to enroll and get started. To learn more or if you have additional questions please contact Roger Ebbage at 541-463-3670, ebbager@lanecc.edu or Brenda Cervantes at 541-463-3671, cervantesb@lanecc.edu.

What will you learn in the Water Conservation Technician program?

The Water Conservation program trains individuals to evaluate water use patterns; develop, implement, market and maintain conservation programs; perform public outreach; recommend water efficiency techniques; integrate alternative water sources, and perform systems analysis to solve water related problems.

Through our rigorous online courses, you’ll learn to:

  • Design, implement, evaluate, and market water conservation programs to a broad audience
  • Evaluate water usage patterns for rural, urban, residential, and commercial sites; recommend efficiency measures as well as alternative water sources
  • Understand water distribution, flow, and elimination systems; basic hydraulics; quality issues; balance and time of use.
  • Understand the many stressors to water accessibility and how they interact to affect supply and demand along with other issues.
  • Monitor, collect, interpret and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and modify them over time.
  • Calculate water and cost savings and produce comprehensive cost/benefit analysis reports.

Our online program offers you the flexibility to complete your degree on your own schedule. Our curriculum was built around an industry approved job task analysis, to help ensure you’re prepared to be successful in your career. You’ll also experience hands-on training at one of our partnering organizations that will show you how to apply your newfound knowledge in the real world. 

What can you do next?

As a graduate in the Water Conservation Program, you’ll be ready to start your career in water use and conservation. Our program continually seeks out and participates in local, regional, and national networking opportunities for one simple reason: to promote our students directly to those who have the ability to provide jobs. Employment opportunities in Water Conservation are excellent, especially if you are willing to relocate. 

After you’ve earned your degree, you’ll be prepared to start working as:

  • Water Conservation: Program Specialist, Manager
  • Water Resource - Analyst, Specialist
  • Rainwater Harvesting Technician
  • Stormwater - Coordinator, Technician
  • Wastewater - Manager, Stores Supervisor, Program Analyst
  • Conservation Warden
  • Stewardship Coordinator

Sustainability, collaboration, and interdisciplinary learning provide the foundation upon which a graduate builds skills to conserve resources and money while maintaining ecological integrity.  

Get to know the Water Conservation Technician faculty and advisors

Our instructors are leaders in their fields, and will prepare you to evaluate water usage, identify conservation measures and implement solutions for a variety of water specific situations. The faculty and advisors for the program can help you meet your career goals. They can answer any program specific questions you might have, and help you find opportunities outside of the classroom. Advisors will help you schedule your classes and plan for the future. You’ll work with them to create a term by term planner that meets your needs and goals to ensure you complete your degree. And if you’re planning on transferring to a four-year school they can help you take the classes you need to count towards your bachelor's degree.

Get real world work experience

Employers are interested in more than just your degree. It’s important that you’re able to show that you have relevant, real world work knowledge, which is why many of your courses will include fieldwork. You’ll use the knowledge you’ve gained in the classroom to help you succeed in hands-on training opportunities at a partner organization in the Western United States. We’ll work to match you with a utility or practitioner in your area, after you’re enrolled in our program. Past partners have included:Southern Nevada Water Utility, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Rainbow Water, City of Ashland, and many other utilities in Southern California and Washington.

In addition to class specific fieldwork, you’ll be required to complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of Internships through Cooperative Education. Our Cooperative Education department works with local and regional partners to provide on-the-job experience for our students! Internships can help you build deeper understanding and knowledge in specific job fields, building on your education even more.

Scholarship Opportunities

Wondering how you’re going to pay for your degree? In addition to traditional financial aid options, there are scholarships available just for students in the Water Conservation program!

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

AWWA and its members recognize the importance of investing in students as the future of the water industry. AWWA supports students through discounted membership and more than 14 scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 annually. Learn more about AWWA scholarships.

Attending classes at Lane

Lane’s main campus is tucked into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, providing a stunning landscape for your education. With incredible resources on campus like advising, tutoring services, the library, and so many more, you have the opportunity to make the most out of your degree. Lane also offers student housing at Titan Court in downtown Eugene, next to our Mary Spilde Center. Ready to learn more? Schedule a campus tour to explore our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.