AIH Executive Committee Vacancies

Call to all members interested in taking on a leadership role to support the advancement of hydrology and promotion of certified hydrologists and hydrologic technicians in the United States. The American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) is seeking nominations for members to join its Executive Committee in the position of either Secretary-Membership Liaison or Vice President for Policy and Advocacy.

Secretary-Membership Liaison

The Secretary-Membership Liaison shall serve as the Executive Committee’s liaison to AIH members; support timely processing and review of membership applications by the Executive Office and Board of Registration, respectively; coordinate with the President, Executive Director, and Executive Committee members to identify agenda items for Executive Committee meetings in advance of each meeting; prepare meeting summary with action items for Executive Committee meetings; manage and monitor status of action items from Executive Committee meetings; support the President and President-Elect with preparation of an annual report for the Institute; manage elections adminsitered by the Executive Committee, aside from elections for the Secretary-Membership Liaison postion; lead maintenance of AIH historical records; perform duties as requested by the Executive Committee; and serve as a member of the committees.

The term for this position will begin once nominations are reviewed and election results are verified. The duration will be for four (4) years, with the option for reelection to have a maximum of two (2) periods for this elected Executive Committee position.

Vice President for Policy and Advocacy

The Vice President for Policy and Advocacy shall have the responsibility of leading advocacy and policy development for the Institute in coordination with the Executive Committee. Specific duties may include investigating and reviewing state and federal legislation, regulations, and policies related to certification of professional engineers and scientists; engaging with advocacy, labor, and/or policy groups to support federal and state requirements for professional hydrologist licensure for certain career positions and job functions or roles, including development of policy papers and/or draft legislation; coordinating with the President and Executive Committee on strategic initiatives in these matters; and report to the Executive Committee on findings and provide recommendations on advocacy and policy development initiatives.

The term for this position will begin once nominations are reviewed and election results are verified. The duration will be for four (4) years, with the option for reelection to have a maximum of two (2) periods for this elected Executive Committee position.

AIH invites and encourages its members to consider nominating themselves or other members for these exciting roles.

Please submit your nomination to admin@aihydrology.org before Friday, July 30, 2021. In the subject line indicate either: “AIH Executive Committee Nomination – Secretary-Membership Liaison” or “AIH Executive Committee Nomination – Vice President for Policy and Advocacy”.

In your submission, please include a statement of interest (maximum 150 words), contact information, and a professional biography (maximum 150 words).

RFI – Certification Examination Support Services

The American Institute of Hydrology (hereinafter ‘AIH’) is issuing this Request for Information (hereinafter ‘RFI’) as an invitation for entities, that have specialized experience in hydrology and qualifications related to the development of certification examinations, to submit a brief statement of interest in receipt of a formal Request for Proposals (hereinafter ‘RFP’). AIH intends to issue an RFP after receiving and evaluating responses from entities for contractor support services related to the development and administration of certification examinations for AIH. Responses to the RFI will assist AIH in developing the scope of services for an RFP that will be issued.

AIH intends to enter a multi-year contract with a single entity to provide certification examination support services. Note that the single contracted entity may enter into agreements with other entities or individuals to propose on services in response to the RFP and for performance of services.

Closing Date & Time: July 26, 2021, 8:00 AM (PDT)

Events
Date
Release of Request for Information (RFI)
June 24, 2021
Due date for responses to RFI
July 26, 2021 (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time)
Anticipated date for release of Request for Proposal (RFP)
September 10, 2021
Anticipate due date for receipt of responses to RFP
October 8, 2021

American Institute of Hydrology Contact for Questions: admin@aihydrology.org (Please use subject line “AIH – Certification Exam Support”)

AIH President’s Message

The past few months have been very productive for the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) and we have a lot to be proud of. Since my last President’s message, AIH:

  • Welcomed Chance Fulk, HT III as our new Treasurer–and first HT to hold a position on the AIH Executive Committee (EC). Chance takes over for Salam Murtada who vacated the Treasurer position after election as AIH’s Vice President for Institute Development.
  • Transitioned Salam Murtada from role as AIH’s Treasure to Vice President for Institute Development.
  • Held our AIH 2021 Annual EC Meeting over the week of March 14 to 21, 2021. EC members reflected on 2020 accomplishments/challenges, and proposed actions/initiatives associated to goals and strategies for 2021.
  • Established AIH’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, which will be composed of AIH member volunteers, our AIH Executive Director (Sarah Erck), President-Elect (Julé Rizzardo), and me. The DEI Task Force’s kickoff meeting is scheduled Wednesday, May 19, 2021. If interested in joining the DEI Task Force, contact our AIH management office. Stay tuned for more information on DEI Task Force initiatives/activities in the coming months.
  • Implemented membership application and database changes and a complete website redesign. We’re very excited for these changes to improve ease of application development by perspective members, application review and processing by our Board of Registration, and provide enhanced member benefits through access of information and content. A welcome email with access information to this new certification platform will be going out soon.

My goal is for AIH to be the premier certifying organization and “home” for hydrologists and hydrologic technicians across the United States. The above updates help address priorities shared earlier this year to achieve this goal– and we have plenty of items on our to-do list to further address those priorities, along with the goals and objectives established by each of our EC members. We have a great team and I look forward to reporting on our accomplishments to you again soon.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, Sarah, our management office, or either of our EC members if there is anything you need or if you have suggestions– we are here to serve you!

JAMIL S. IBRAHIM
AIH President

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Today is a friendly reminder that American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) was founded on the purpose of enhancing and strengthening the standing of hydrology as a science and a profession by establishing and maintaining ethical standards to protect the public from irresponsible work. This guiding principle also pertains to our environment as a whole!

Call for Volunteers! – DEI Committee

At the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) Executive Committee’s Annual Meeting, leadership unanimously approved an initiative to create a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. We are inviting AIH members who are interested in this important topic to join the DEI Committee and help guide AIH’s current and future policies.

What will the DEI Committee Do?
As AIH members, you can help guide the activities and mission of this inaugural DEI Committee. It is anticipated that DEI Committee members will come up with ideas on ways to engage the AIH membership and the water community at large on diversity, equity and inclusion topics related to hydrology. Initial activities could include, but would not be limited to, member surveys, social media strategies, newsletter outreach and developing AIH-wide DEI initiatives.

How to Get Involved with the DEI Committee
Get involved with the DEI Committee by participating as a member and/or as a Co-Chair! We encourage AIH members to volunteer time for the Committee as much as their schedule allows, but a long-term commitment or official position is not required. Please indicate your interest in joining the DEI Committee by emailing admin@aihydrology.org by May 7, 2021.

AIH’s executive leadership team is very interested in empowering all AIH members to provide leadership and creativity for this important effort! Thank you in advance for your interest.

AIH was founded 40 years ago!

AIH was founded 40 years ago in 1981 by Sandor Csallany, Alex Zaporozec, and Roman Kanivetsky as a non-profit scientific and educational organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of professionals in the field of hydrology. AIH’s goal is to promote hydrology as a science and profession and to help protect public interest from non-professional practices. This still holds true today

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AIH Executive Committee Annual Meeting Update

The AIH Executive Committee (EC) recently held Day 2 of its Annual Meeting virtually on March 21. The EC heard updates from the breakout groups that were formed regarding member engagement, collaboration with other organizations, collaboration with universities, and public relations and media strategies. The EC also finalized and approved the annual budget for the coming year. Keep an eye out for several new, exciting initiatives and updates in the coming year!

2021 Pi Day!

AIH’s Executive Committee kicked off its Annual Meeting during Pi Day! A key outcome of the day was the establishment of an AIH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee that will be composed of EC members and AIH members. Breakout groups will convene over next week to address key initiative areas related to member engagement, collaboration with other organizations, collaboration with universities, and public relations and media strategies. Strategies and tactics for addressing the initiatives will be the focus when the Executive Committee reconvenes for the Annual Meeting Day 2 on March 21, 2021.

Our Focus in 2021

The American Institute of Hydrology is dedicated to enhancing and strengthening the standing of hydrology as a science and a profession. In 2021 our focus will be to dive even deeper into membership engagement, legislation and advocacy, diversity, equity and inclusion, our public relations and media strategies as well as our collaboration and partnerships with other organizations.