Amy Waboose
Age
25
Community
Whitefish River First Nation
Program
Water Quality Analyst License

Growing up in Whitefish River First Nation, Amy was always surrounded by water and enjoyed spending time outside. Naturally she found her way to a career working with water.

As a Water Quality Analyst, Amy’s job is to ensure that her community’s water supply is of the highest possible quality.On being asked what is the most rewarding part of her job, Amy said, “Definitely just being a part of ensuring that my community doesn’t have to think twice about having safe, clean drinking water.”

“First Nations people are and will always have a connection to the land and water,” said Amy. “[We] will understand both aspects [of] traditional and Western science of the water and land.”

Amy’s connection to the earth and her people are a large driving force in her life, and though she’s at an amazing place in her career right now, she admits that it wasn’t easy to get there.“I myself have had many failures where I wanted to quit, but that was all the more motivation not to,” said Amy. “I needed to be a role model for my son, [to] not give up, keep on keeping on.”

Amy knows the value of hard work and has experienced the benefits of pushing herself to the limits. “My advice to the students who are considering school, [is to] make the first initial step,” said Amy. “Once you take the first step, everything flows for you after… You will flourish in making the first step, I promise.”

Water & Wastewater

Water and wastewater is one of the most important jobs available. An operator can recognize pathogens and also know what the effect is on drinking water. Safe drinking water is required everywhere and has many opportunities through every community.

SKILLS & INTERESTS:

  • Public Health
  • Environmental Concern
  • Work Ethic
  • Water rights

SALARY RANGE: $50,000 - $150,000

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Water and Wastewater Operator
  • Environmental Technician
  • Lab Technician
  • Scada Operator
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Water Compliance Officer

HELPFUL HIGH SCHOOL COURSES: Math, Science, English, Chemistry

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS:

  • Water Quality Technician
  • Operator in Training (Entry-Level Course for water Operators)
  • Water Quality Analyst