Water Liaison Practitioner

Water is a critical resource for human wellbeing, ecosystem functioning and supporting all forms of economic activity. From catchments, water travels along journey through multi-purpose landscapes providing water along the way for various ecological, domestic and economic purposes. Sustainable use of water resources requires collaboration amongst all key stakeholders in catchments and downstream users in urban areas. Water liaison practitioners provide clear and concise water related information for good governance, and management that promotes equitable and sustainable water use.

Water liaison practitioners develop and implement communication strategies to relay appropriate water-related information to promote sustainable water resource management and use. They analyse water related legislation and policies and its application. They also establish, maintain and promote collaborative relationships and partnerships amongst water users. Some also organise events and workshops around specific water projects and coordinate the participation of stakeholders.

Water liaison practitioners regularly consult with varied public and private stakeholders, scientists and businesses. They work in an office environment but regularly travel to sites to gather information and talk to strategic partners.

Skills

Water liaison practitioners require a thorough knowledge of water practices and associated legislation and policies governing water access and use, coupled with:

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Events coordination and management skills
  • Good verbal and written communication and presentation skills

Tasks

Design and develop water related communication strategies

Establish, maintain and promote collaborative partnerships

Initiate, coordinate and promote water stewardship events

Identify and analyse appropriate systems and tools for information dissemination

Studies

B.Sc., B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc. in Environmental Science specialising in Water Science at NWU, RU, UJ, UMP, UP and Wits

B.A., B.A. (Hons), M.A. in Communication Studies at NWU, UFH, UFS, UJ, UL, UNISA, Unizulu and UWC

Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Public Relations and Communication at CPUT, DUT, TUT, UJ, VUT and WSU

Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Water Science and Technology at TUT

Employers

National, provincial and local government.

Catchment management agencies.

Water utility companies.

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