Hiring for Hydro Unplugged™

Deadline to register and receive a complimentary resume review - 9/30
Deadline to register to participate - 10/12
Join Us October 19, 2022
National Hydropower Association’s Clean Currents Conference
Sacramento, CA

Share This

Hiring for Hydro™ brings together students from colleges throughout the region to participate in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower, followed by a special recruiting session. The event was established to address the industry’s hiring needs, build academic interest at the college level and create a strong conduit between industry and regional schools. 

Since its inception in 2017, Hiring for Hydro™ has reached over 200 students from over 14 colleges in the Pacific Northwest who have participated in an educational workshop about careers in hydropower and recruiting sessions. Hiring for Hydro™ is a one-day event co-located alongside an industry conference. It has traditionally been held at the Northwest Hydro Electric Association’s annual meeting and continues to expand to other regions. Hiring for Hydro™ provides students with a jam-packed day that includes a Hydro101 session, resume building, an opportunity to learn about hydropower career opportunities from partnering organizations, and most importantly, the chance to meet and network with hydropower industry professionals and potential employers. The program is working, and students are getting hired!

The Original Renewable Energy is Creating Jobs! 
The hydropower industry employs over 300,000 workers. With an expanding fleet of hydropower and a retiring workforce, now is the time to join the industry. Hydropower continues to grow and an estimated 700,000 jobs will be created by 2025.  This industry is stable, pays well, and provides benefits that are hard to beat.  For more information on employment in hydro, check out the STEM for Hydropower Portal and this article Bringing the Future Hydropower Workforce to the Industry.

October 19, 2022, the Hydropower Foundation brings the Hiring for Hydro Unplugged™ to the National Hydropower Association’s Clean Currents Conference in Sacramento, CA.

Hiring for Hydro Unplugged™ will bring much of the same opportunity to regional university students in a condensed format. It will still be a full day of opportunity.

Please note: Most of the activities are optional. Please join any or all portions of this networking day!

Students will attend the plenary session at the National Hydropower Association’s Clean Currents Conference, followed by a session where they will receive a Hydro 101 course and learn from industry leaders about hydropower career opportunities.

Location: SAFE Credit Union Conference Center.


9:00 am – 10:00 am – Plenary Session

10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT – Hiring for Hydro Unplugged Workshop

12:00 pm -1:15 pm – Free Networking Lunch

1:15 pm – 5:30 pm- CC Central

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity

Students who are interested in attending should be excited to get a job or internship and have taken coursework related to energy, all things engineering, hydropower, and project management. Students will be asked to share a cover letter for why they are interested in hydropower and a resume. 

Deadline to register and receive a complimentary resume review – 9/30

Deadline to register to participate – 10/12

“This is a great event. It has been well coordinated with top talent seeking careers in hydro. In this competitive market for engineers and other utility-specific positions, Hiring for Hydro has a marked advantage in recruiting for our company.” The HF looks forward to continuing this vibrant new program in future years and is pleased to see the strong support from academia and the hydropower industry.”

Ruth Erwert, Chelan County PUD

“Combining the Foundation’s scholarship contributions along with the Corps hands-on industry opportunities creates a partnership that will likely be second-to-none in developing and preparing outstanding men and women capable of embracing the challenges in the hydropower industry for years to come.”

John Etzel, Past Deputy Director of the Hydroelectric Design Center, U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers

“The event was very much quality over quantity – which we appreciate. We felt like we truly were able to have conversations with students that were interested in working with us and were familiar with the industry. The fact that we didn’t feel like a random vendor and were treated far more like a preferred guest was great.”

Jaclyn McCall, Idaho Power

Thank you to our sponsors:

More To Explore

Hiring for Hydro™ at NWHA

Deadline to register and receive a complimentary resume review – Jan 10
Deadline to register to participate – Feb 1
Join Us on Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Northwest Hydroelectric Association’s Annual Conference
Seattle, WA

Hydropower Collegiate Competition

By participating in the HCC, students gain industry experience, valuable exposure to hydropower career pathways, and greater knowledge of hydropower’s potential to contribute to a clean energy future.

Applications for the 2024 Hydropower Collegiate Competition are closed

Power up & Join the Waterpower Club!

We are the Waterpower Club - Waterpower Community Partnership (WC2), founded to help students connect to opportunities in the waterpower sector.