About Josh's Water Jobs

Connecting Talent With Opportunity

The Josh’s Water Jobs (JWJ) platform connects the immense and diverse talent in the global water community with the wealth of career opportunities available worldwide. All of the jobs we post are related to water, which includes (but is not limited to) water policy, governance, law, economics, management, finance, advocacy, science, communications, WASH, and more. 

We also offer professional services to organizations seeking talent in the water sector. The overarching purpose of these integrated services, and JWJ’s long-term goal, is to help contribute to closing both the gender and human resources gap in the water and WASH community, helping to ensure a sustainable future with water for all.

Stay tuned! To continue to best serve the JWJ community, this platform is expanding! Keep your eye out for the roll out of exciting, new career development offerings in 2021.

Our History

Josh’s Water Jobs began in 2011 as an informal listserv with a few dozen friends and colleagues, through which a job posting was received about every month. As the list grew in size – both in the number of recipients and in the number of jobs – it became clear that the list was filling a gap where a website focused on international water jobs should have been. As more people got jobs through the list, the more the initiative to create that website gained momentum, culminating in Josh’s Water Jobs being launched in June of 2016 (with Co-Founder Hank VanZile).

The first JWJ website focused on what has always been the core of what we do: connecting people with jobs. It did this very successfully – in April 2021, JWJ posted its 30,000th water job! In June 2021 a second, enhanced version of the JWJ platform (this site) was unveiled, specially designed to increase the usability of the ever-growing jobs database. This new platform design also allows JWJ to further enrich the exchange between job seekers and employers via our offering of professional services for employers and new career development resources for job seekers (coming soon!).

Our Team

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Josh Newton, PhD – Founder

Josh Newton is an independent consultant who focuses on global political processes and governance related to water.  Acting as a connector in the international water community, the listserv was another way to add value to the community and mentor others on career development.  You can learn more about Josh on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Hank VanZile – Co-Founder

Hank VanZile is a childhood friend of Josh and a veteran of the web industry. He joined Josh’s Water Jobs in autumn of 2015 to lead the planning and development of JWJ’s new web platform.  You can learn more about Hank on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Hannah Hilbert-Wolf, PhD – Project Officer

Hannah Hilbert-Wolf has a PhD in Geology (James Cook University, Australia) and a MSc in Innovation, Human Development, and Sustainability (University of Geneva, Switzerland). Her ambitions are to contribute to the just and sustainable development of natural resources, particularly water, and communities, and she believes that evidence-based solutions and equitable cooperation are key tools to achieve this. Hannah combines her experience in both the natural and social sciences to positively contribute to sustainable human development. You can learn more about Hannah on LinkedIn.

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Joshua Amaitum Elukut – Junior Project Officer

Joshua Amaitum Elukut is an environment enthusiast with a passion for digital technology. He has a background in Natural Resource Management which he studied at Makerere University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Joshua’s career interests revolve around water resources, science-policy, and the web industry. You can learn more about Joshua on LinkedIn.


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The Josh’s Water Jobs logo was graciously provided by another of Josh and Hank’s childhood friends: Craig Stender, owner of Rum Runner Multimedia Ltd. Co. in Essex Junction, Vermont.