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❯❯❯ C A R E E R S I N W AT E R From Ditch to Desk The path of success for a professional in our industry BY DANIEL WILSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NORTH CAROLINA RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION “YOU NEED TO get a job with benefits.” Those are the words Nick Griffin recalls his grandfather preaching a decade before to a young man, a couple of years after graduating from high school and searching for his start in life. Now, well into the beginning of a very successful professional career in the water and wastewater industry, Mr. Griffin, or simply Nick as everyone refers to him, smiles as he speaks of the people who encouraged him and who he admired during his progress in the industry. His path took him from laying pipe in ditches every day to now managing a system that lies just on the outer rim of the greater Charlotte-Metro Region of North Carolina. Nick’s career in water and wastewater started much like that of many of the professionals in our industry. He was simply looking for a job, or more accurately stated, he was looking for a job with benefits. Having worked a couple of summers during high school with a local town on what many of us in our industry including Nick jokingly refer to as the SWAT (Sewer, 16 • First Quarter 2012 Water and Trash) team, he was partially aware of the type of work that water and wastewater system employees perform. He worked on the family farm for most of his life, both running equipment and working with his hands. Those were two aspects of farming that appealed to him, so he applied for a job with the Anson County Water System. He soon found himself standing in a ditch, shovel in hand, on a pipe-laying crew. Whether it was the tone of his voice, the smile on his face, or the words he used to describe the work they performed, one thing was evident as Nick spoke of this role: he found an industry that he was passionate about! Today, Nick manages the water distribution and wastewater collection system http://www.nrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2012

FROM THE PRESIDENT
FIVE TRENDS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
BEING JULIA CHILD: MAKING THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL WATER
FROM DITCH TO DESK: THE PATH OF SUCCESS FOR A PROFESSIONAL IN OUR INDUSTRY
WATER UNIVERSITY GRADUATES
PRIVATE SECTOR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING
TAMING THE RIVER
REGULATORY UPDATE
THROWING MY LOOP
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO

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