Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers

Josh's Water Jobs

The Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast, brought to you by Josh’s Water Jobs, brings you interview-style conversations between host Josh Newton (founder of JWJ) and senior- and early-career water and sanitation professionals about their water career stories, career advice, reflections, and more. By diving into the careers of prominent professionals in water and sanitation and into the journeys of promising professionals just starting out in their fields, we aim to initiate an intergenerational exchange, from which all members of the JWJ community can learn. You can listen to this podcast in an audio format here, or visit our platform at www.joshswaterjobs.com or our YouTube channel to watch both the full-length and shortened video versions of these conversations. This podcast and Josh’s Water Jobs are generously supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Nsuku Nxumalo
Jan 12 2022
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Nsuku Nxumalo
In the 6th episode of Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers, host Josh Newton speaks with Nsuku Nxumalo, the Strategic Water Sector Cooperation Officer at the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa, and a member of the World Youth Parliament for Water. Nsuku generously shares the keys to her many successes with listeners in this episode. For example, she takes us through what she learned and the obstacles she had to overcome (such as doubt from others) while applying for funding to study abroad at the University of Oxford; lessons that both aspiring students and professionals at any career stage will want to take note of. Nsuku also chronicles how she found out about her current job, and shares reflections about how the particular attention she paid to her application materials and her early connections with her future colleagues helped to secure her success in landing the role. Nsuku is passionate about water, and more specifically, the development of sustainable water strategy and policy and the improvement of water cooperation at local through to international levels. It also becomes clear in this interview that Nsuku values the role that mentorship can play in career development, as she shares with listeners some of the many gifts that her own mentors have passed along to her. Before obtaining her Master’s degree in Water Science, Policy, and Management, Nsuku earned an Honors degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She used this expertise as an Environmental Officer in the coal mining industry, working to manage environmental risks related to water, land, air quality, waste and legal compliance. Her journey into working in water policy and cooperation offered important lessons, which Nsuku shares with listeners, including her advice to ask questions freely and to engage in both learning and un-learning throughout one’s career. There is so much more to hear – listen to Nsuku’s story on episode 6.Thank you for listening! Subscribe to the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast wherever you listen to podcasts or listen at Josh’s Water Jobs releases new career development resources weekly, which you can find on our platform at www.joshswaterjobs.com or on our YouTube channel.Don’t forget that you can sign up here to receive a weekly email containing all of the new water and sanitation career opportunities posted on our platform.  This podcast was made possible by the generous support of Josh’s Water Jobs by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Nsuku Nxumalo
Jan 12 2022
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Nsuku Nxumalo
In the 6th episode of Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers, host Josh Newton speaks with Nsuku Nxumalo, the Strategic Water Sector Cooperation Officer at the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa, and a member of the World Youth Parliament for Water. Nsuku generously shares the keys to her many successes with listeners in this episode. For example, she takes us through what she learned and the obstacles she had to overcome (such as doubt from others) while applying for funding to study abroad at the University of Oxford; lessons that both aspiring students and professionals at any career stage will want to take note of. Nsuku also chronicles how she found out about her current job, and shares reflections about how the particular attention she paid to her application materials and her early connections with her future colleagues helped to secure her success in landing the role. Nsuku is passionate about water, and more specifically, the development of sustainable water strategy and policy and the improvement of water cooperation at local through to international levels. It also becomes clear in this interview that Nsuku values the role that mentorship can play in career development, as she shares with listeners some of the many gifts that her own mentors have passed along to her. Before obtaining her Master’s degree in Water Science, Policy, and Management, Nsuku earned an Honors degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She used this expertise as an Environmental Officer in the coal mining industry, working to manage environmental risks related to water, land, air quality, waste and legal compliance. Her journey into working in water policy and cooperation offered important lessons, which Nsuku shares with listeners, including her advice to ask questions freely and to engage in both learning and un-learning throughout one’s career. There is so much more to hear – listen to Nsuku’s story on episode 6.Thank you for listening! Subscribe to the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast wherever you listen to podcasts or listen at Josh’s Water Jobs releases new career development resources weekly, which you can find on our platform at www.joshswaterjobs.com or on our YouTube channel.Don’t forget that you can sign up here to receive a weekly email containing all of the new water and sanitation career opportunities posted on our platform.  This podcast was made possible by the generous support of Josh’s Water Jobs by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Daly Wettermark
Nov 18 2021
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Daly Wettermark
In episode 05 of Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers, host Josh Newton converses with Daly Wettermark, a product development owner innovating wastewater filtration systems at Xylem Inc. Daly takes us through her water career journey thus far, from obtaining her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, through a graduate development program, and on to her current role. Listen in to hear how her interests in climate-related work led her to a fulfilling career in the water sector.Along her path thus far, Daly has collected a treasure trove of career advice and know-how, derived both from her mentors and from personal experience. Daly recommends, for example, paying close attention to who your teachers may be when selecting courses or a work environment, to maximize the potential to learn. She also shares about her experiences as a volunteer with Moonshot Missions, recommending volunteer roles as a great way to get connected with like-minded peers and learn from senior professionals. In this conversation, Daly offers listeners of all career stages numerous thoughtful pieces of advice. Daly suggests that one great way senior professionals can support junior professionals is by facilitating connections and sharing career opportunities with those new to the field or sector. She also advises leaders and organizations to look within themselves to challenge the status quo in the sector and break open doors for those in water and sanitation to contribute to securing our planet’s sustainable future. Tune in to this episode to hear the full story!  Thank you for listening! Subscribe to the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast wherever you listen to podcasts or listen at Josh’s Water Jobs releases new career development resources weekly, which you can find on our platform at www.joshswaterjobs.com or on our YouTube channel.Don’t forget that you can sign up here to receive a weekly email containing all of the new water and sanitation career opportunities posted on our platform.  This podcast was made possible by the generous support of Josh’s Water Jobs by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Roberto Lenton
Nov 4 2021
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Roberto Lenton
In this episode of the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast, host Josh Newton is joined by Dr. Roberto Lenton, a specialist in water, the environment and international development with a civil engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires and M.S. and PhD. degrees from MIT. Roberto is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Board Chair of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Join Josh as he dives into Roberto’s successful and varied career, which has taken him all over the world, from his native Argentina. Roberto’s career spans the interface of water science and water policy. In this episode, you will hear about his various roles in academia and research, as well as in policy organizations, two complementary realms he remained very active in throughout his career. Roberto shares highlights from his career journey thus far, including describing the work he is most proud of – his involvement in starting up creative, new institutions.In this conversation, Roberto generously shares career advice derived from his own experiences working in varied contexts. Roberto recalls key advice he received himself once – to put forward your strengths and reign in your modesty, all while being honest and clear, when interviewing for new positions. Roberto advises to have a general career plan, but to be open and flexible in responding to opportunities, advice he has followed himself throughout his career. Roberto reflects on his own growth when he was in positions where he could make decisions and be listened to, and advises professionals to particularly look for jobs where there is the opportunity to have authority, especially early in one’s career. Listen to Roberto’s career stories, which provide the foundation for the rich advice he shares to help others succeed in water and sanitation careers.Tune in to learn about Roberto’s experiences working for MIT, the Ford Foundation, UNDP, IWMI, and more in this episode. You will also learn about Roberto’s hopes for the future of the water community, and hear his insightful answers to last week’s guest’s questions. Thank you for listening! Subscribe to the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast wherever you listen to podcasts or listen at Josh’s Water Jobs releases new career development resources weekly, which you can find on our platform at www.joshswaterjobs.com or on our YouTube channel.Don’t forget that you can sign up here to receive a weekly email containing all of the new water and sanitation career opportunities posted on our platform.  This podcast was made possible by the generous support of Josh’s Water Jobs by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Deepesh Jain
Oct 14 2021
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Deepesh Jain
In this episode of the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast, host Josh Newton is joined by Deepesh Jain, a young water professional from India, who is currently completing a mission as a humanitarian worker with MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders) in Sierra Leone, where he has been supporting the construction of drinking water and waste water infrastructure in a maternity hospital. When asked about a body of water meaningful to him, Deepesh describes a rainwater drain near his home in India that he has watched over the decades turn into a sewage drain. He reflects that witnessing this evolution was part of what inspired him to get involved in water and sanitation. In his career thus far, Deepesh’s contributions exemplify what can be accomplished with both technical and social sciences training. As a Civil Engineer with a Master’s degree in Water Policy and Governance, Deepesh has contributed to engineering design, social engineering, community engagement, philanthropy, impact investing, strategy consulting and humanitarian work, within the sphere of water and sanitation.In his conversation with Josh, Deepesh shares a variety of reflections on his work, such as the route he took to join MSF’s environmental health division overseas, and what motivated him to pursue his Master’s degree, after first working as a design engineer. Deepesh offers valuable advice for those starting out in their careers, advising anyone looking to join the sector to reflect thoughtfully about which sub-sector of the broad fields of water and sanitation they are most passionate about. Deepesh asks big questions about the future trajectory of water and sanitation, continuing the conversation this podcast fosters between junior and senior career professionals. Deepesh also discusses the best advice he has received, about investing in education, which when followed, has proven true and valuable in his own career journey. Tune in to hear that story, among many others! You can watch and share a shortened version of this podcast episode in vlog format, here. Thank you for listening! Subscribe to the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast wherever you listen to podcasts or listen at Josh’s Water Jobs releases new career development resources weekly, which you can find on our platform at www.joshswaterjobs.com or on our YouTube channel.Don’t forget that you can sign up here to receive a weekly email containing all of the new water and sanitation career opportunities posted on our platform.  This podcast was made possible by the generous support of Josh’s Water Jobs by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Aaron Wolf
Sep 30 2021
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Aaron Wolf
In this episode of the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast, host Josh Newton is joined by Dr. Aaron T. Wolf, professor of geography at Oregon State University (USA) and professor of water diplomacy at IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands. Aaron has acted as a consultant to the US Government, the World Bank, and several international governments and development partners on various aspects of water resources and conflict management. A trained mediator/ facilitator, he directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations, and mediation in basins throughout the world.As told in this conversation with Josh, Aaron began professionally contributing to water resources management in a technical role with a government agency. Inspired by a university class on water science and policy, he quickly realized the power of water to bring people together in dialogue, and began to take steps on a different professional path that he would follow from there on out, as a facilitator and mediator, teacher, researcher, amongst more. Based on his lived experiences, Aaron attests to the importance of having both a keen understanding of the technical aspects of water and of people and communities, in order to best contribute to challenges in water and sanitation. Listen in to hear Aaron describe the arc of his career, and the rich lessons it has imparted, in this podcast episode.In this episode, Aaron shares career advice that transcends career stages, and perhaps even water and sanitation, such as his guidance to lead an ethical, transparent path in one’s career by sticking to professional commitments. You will hear about Aaron’s top career advice, about how the diversity within his work has been key to dealing with inevitable challenges, and about Aaron’s hopes for the future of the water and sanitation community. Additionally, in this episode, we continue facilitating a generational exchange, as Aaron reflects on Antonella’s question posed in the last episode, and asks a difficult, though familiar, question, to our next guest. You can also watch and share both a full-length and a shortened video version of this podcast episode, which you can find on our YouTube channel. Thank you for listening! Subscribe to the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast wherever you listen to podcasts or listen at Josh’s Water Jobs releases new career development resources weekly, which you can find on our platform at www.joshswaterjobs.com or on our YouTube channel.Don’t forget that you can sign up to receive a weekly email containing all of the new water and sanitation career opportunities posted on our platform.  This podcast was made possible by the generous support of Josh’s Water Jobs by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Antonella Vagliente
Sep 14 2021
Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers with Antonella Vagliente
In this episode of the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast, host Josh Newton is joined by Antonella Vagliente, the co-founder and director of Young Water Solutions. Inspired by her father, Antonella has focused her attention on water and youth empowerment from a young age. In 2015, along with a colleague she met through the World Youth Parliament for Water, Antonella co-founded and is now the director of Young Water Solutions, an organization that develops and supports the potential of young people to contribute to universal water, sanitation, hygiene, and water resources management. In this episode, she shares with Josh the rewards and challenges of starting an international non-profit organization, and what it is like, not only supporting social entrepreneurship, but also going through the process simultaneously herself.Talking with Josh, Antonella shares advice to help both peers and senior professionals succeed in their work, including reflections on creating your own job, advice to follow your excitement when looking for career opportunities, how to re-frame challenges as learning opportunities, amongst much more. You will hear about how she decided to overcome a tough moment on her career journey, deciding whether or not to leave her home country of Argentina, and the exciting places her choices led her, amongst other stories from her career journey thus far. Tune in to hear Antonella’s wise advice for senior career professionals, as she advises connecting with young professionals from a place of equality. She also poses a thought-provoking question for our next guest!You can watch and share a shortened version of this podcast episode in vlog format, here, or you can watch the full-length interview in video format, here. Thank you for listening! Subscribe to the Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers podcast wherever you listen to podcasts or listen at Josh’s Water Jobs releases new career development resources weekly, which you can find on our platform at www.joshswaterjobs.com or on our YouTube channel.Don’t forget that you can sign up here to receive a weekly email containing all of the new water and sanitation career opportunities posted on our platform.  This podcast was made possible by the generous support of Josh’s Water Jobs by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).