Have you had a glass of water today? If you don’t think twice about your water usage, consider yourself lucky: over 780 million people lack access to clean water. Today is World Water Day, a global event that was created in 1993 to call attention to the world’s water resources. If you want to help, do your best to avoid unnecessary water waste today, and check out these opportunities to get involved!
- If you want to work with a big organization, Water.org is a good place to start your search. They have four jobs posted on Idealist in Kansas City, and their website is a great place to learn about the water crisis.
- The World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. is another far-reaching org, with a second office in Mumbai and seventeen listings active on the site.
- Still not big enough? Try Food and Water Watch, with thirty-nine listings across the USA.
- And if you’re looking for a job abroad, Save the Children International—a global nonprofit that works in over 100 countries—is looking for a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programme Manager in Myanamar.
Volunteer opportunities and internships
- Looking to volunteer abroad? Improve access to clean water in Peru or become a Water Ambassador in Jamaica. If you don’t have time to volunteer or work full-time and happen to be in Spain this March, consider attending a weekend course in waste water treatment hosted by Sunseed Desert Technology.
- An integral part of the freshwater ecosystem, rivers are the source of many nonprofit opportunities. The Potomac Conservancy has a summer internship available, while the Mystic River Watershed Association is offering internships as well as volunteer opportunities to count river herrings.
- If you’d like to get a little wet, check out the Huron River Watershed council. They need volunteers at several locations for river cleanup, as well as a few on Bug ID day for the etymologically inclined.
- Residents of the Garden State looking to keep New Jersey clean should volunteer with the Hackensack Riverkeeper, which organizes river cleanups across the state.
- Rivers shouldn’t get all the love, though. Apply for an internship with the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District in Minnesota and spend your summer inspecting aquatic vegetation, or attend an event in Portland, OR where you can learn all about slimy things that live in ponds and creeks. In the name of science, of course.