Job Listing Overview

Program Management

·        Submit travel plans in a timely manner to online travel calendar, and as needed when plans change.

·        Produce and follow a yearly Operational Plan as required by NRWA.

·        Visit a USDA Rural Development District office as required by NRWA.

·        Produce and submit reports as required by ARWA and NRWA in established formats to meet required due dates.

·        Provide ARWA office with accurate and complete travel vouchers, timesheets, etc. by required due dates.

·        Keep all expenses within budget.

·        Comply with all NRWA USDA Circuit Rider program procedures and requirements.

·        Provide monthly Board report of prior month’s activity to Office Manager by third working day of each month in established format.

Onsite Assistance

·        Complete a minimum of 23 quality onsite contacts per month with eligible systems in accordance with NRWA requirements.

·        Coordinate travel with other Circuit Rider to geographically travel the entire state as much as possible and avoid duplication and excessive repeat visits. Must visit a minimum of three (3) systems each month that have not been visited in the previous six (6) months.

·        Contact as many new systems as possible during a contract year; solicit new members.

·        Coordinate technical assistance activity with other ARWA staff.

·        Properly prioritize technical requests according to need.

·        Focus on training, rather than “fixing,” when conducting onsite technical assistance.

·        Use ARWA equipment in a professional, safe, and proper manner.

·        Adhere to OSHA/AKOSHA requirements at all times.

·        Plan travel as efficiently as possible to minimize expense, including overtime, and maximize geographic coverage.


·        Attend training sessions conducted by ARWA, as time and work load permit.

·        Promote attendance to all ARWA training sessions and conferences.

·        Assist in ARWA conference agenda development/implementation and securing speakers and vendors.

·        Attend and actively participate in ARWA conference(s).

·        Attend NRWA In-Service training and Annual WaterPro Conference as required.

·        Continually strive to improve training skills and knowledge of the drinking water field.


·        Promote and support ARWA’s mission and goals at all times; show initiative and creativity in furthering the mission and goals.

·        Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and all other meetings as required.

·        Write articles for ARWA magazine and others as required or requested and submit by established due dates.

·        Assist with membership development and retention.

·        Project a friendly, helpful, positive attitude to the public and fellow employees.

·        Project a professional appearance and attitude at all times.

·        Must be a team player.

·        Provide safe and reliable transportation; personal vehicle to have insurance in accordance with ARWA policies and state law at all times.

·        Maintain Alaska driver’s license in accordance with state law.

·        Adhere to all ARWA Employee Manual, policies, and procedures.


·        High school diploma or GED.

·        Multi-year employment required (5 years minimum preferred) in working for, operating, maintaining, or managing a rural/community water system with an ADEC Level 1 or higher certification for water distribution and/or treatment (or other state equivalent).

·        Well-rounded technical knowledge of operating, maintaining, and managing a rural/community water/wastewater system; Alaska Water Treatment and/or Distribution certification preferred.

·        An understanding of budget/financial management.

·        Ability to communicate effectively orally, and in writing, with operators, decision makers, regulatory agencies, and other professionals.

·        Ability to identify, locate, and explain water/wastewater problems to system operators and decision-makers and provide suggestions for solutions.

·        Knowledge and understanding of regulations, monitoring, and reporting requirements.

·        Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout the state.

·        Proficient with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, and Outlook).

·        Experience with utilities in cold weather climates.

Preferred Qualifications

·        Sanitary survey inspector certified, or the ability to become certified within one year.

·        Backflow tester certified, or the ability to become certified within one year.

·        GIS experience using ESRI software.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other duties as assigned to meet ongoing needs of the Association.

About Alaska Rural Water Association

ARWA's Mission: Provide water and wastewater systems with quality support services and solutions in a changing world of regulations and finance.

If you have a strong desire to help others, travel throughout Alaska, earn ample overtime pay, have full benefits, and a willingness to share your drinking water knowledge and expertise, then this is the job for you!

ARWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.