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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (May 18, 2015) – Do you have a skill set that could help St. Petersburg maintain its safe supply of drinking water? Or keep operations at a city wastewater treatment facility running smoothly? As part of its Career Exploration Series, St. Petersburg College is hosting a career exploration event for those interested in the public utilities field tomorrow, May 19, at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus Digitorium (UP 160), 9200 113th St. N, Seminole, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event will begin with a brief introduction and panel discussion with various public utilities professionals from St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and Pinellas County, followed by a networking reception. Attendees will also be able to learn about current and future career openings, training requirements, salaries and scholarship opportunities from public utility representatives from St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Pinellas Park, Largo, Oldsmar, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Sarasota Counties, Pinellas Technical College, and various technical and professional associations.

Participants include Public Works Academy at Pinellas Technical Education College, St. Petersburg College, American Water Works Association, Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association, and the cities of Clearwater, Largo, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, and Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties.

Demand for entry-level and skilled public works/utilities positions is steadily increasing, with salaries ranging from $30,000 for an entry-level employee to more than $100,000 per year for   an experienced public utilities technical or professional employee. This is due, in part, to more stringent regulations and more limited natural resources, as well as a steady stream of retiring professionals which are creating an increasing need for this type of professional. Veterans, especially those with prior training in these areas, are encouraged to apply.

The public utilities profession has a wide range of needs and career opportunities. Depending on individual interests and skills, there is a need for professionals in the areas of:

  • utilities administration (leadership, compliance, public relations, data management, project management, reporting, accounting/finance, etc.)
  • water and wastewater treatment
  • collection and distribution systems (such as pipelines and pumping stations
  • water quality maintenance and analysis (including laboratory positions
  • electrical/mechanical maintenance and repai
  • computer/control systems programming, maintenance and repair, information technolog
  • professional consulting (engineering, hydrogeology, economics, environmental science, etc.)

For more information, contact Dwight D. Wilson, Assistant Director, St. Petersburg Water Resources Department, 727-892-5095 or


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