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Water Bureau Careers Showcased at Women in Trades Fair

During the month of May we will feature the stories of some of the talented and dedicated women in trades at the Portland Water Bureau. 

Many of these women volunteer for the annual Women in Trades Career Fair, produced by Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. on May 14. This interactive fair encourages middle and high school girls and women to explore the possibility of a future career in the trades.

For more than 13 years, women from the Portland Water Bureau have been a key part of this unique event with the goal of promoting and supporting the advancement and employment of women in the trades.

“The Portland Water Bureau is a great place to work and build a career. I am proud that we have steady participation in the Women in Trades Career Fair, which strengthens our future workforce,” said Michael Stuhr, Water Bureau Administrator.

Thank you to the professional and talented women in the Water Bureau who have dedicated their career to the trades.

Get to Know the Portland Water Bureau Tradeswomen

Sophie Bertrand

Sophie was hired in July 2012 as an Apprentice and successfully completed the program. She is now a Utility Worker II. She has a commercial driver’s license. She participated in the Water Bureau’s water main break event at the Women in Trades Career Fair in 2010, before applying for the Water Bureau’s apprentice program.

Annette Wood and Su Farley

Annette was in school and worked for a cleaning company before being hired as a Utility Worker II Apprentice for the Portland Water Bureau in June 2014. She has a commercial driver’s license and is studying for Distribution 1 certification. Outside of work, Annette enjoys being active in the outdoors.

Su was hired in 2013 at the Portland Water Bureau. She began in the Utility Worker II Apprenticeship program and simultaneously applied for and received the Water Operation Mechanic Apprenticeship. Su is the owner of Ready Made Barricade Inc., a sign and striping company that opened in 1994. Her education includes a business degree from Portland State University.


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