U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
How to Apply
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A complete application consists of:
- An application
- Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
- A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
- Two educational or professional recommendations. Click here for detailed information about recommendations.
All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
8/4/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline. Click here for information about the selection process.
EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW), Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) Drinking Water Protection Division (DWPD), Protection Branch located in Washington, DC.
Research Project: OGWDW, together with states, tribes, and our many partners, protects public health by ensuring safe drinking water and protecting ground water. A critical component of the National Drinking Water Regulations is the right-to-know requirements, including the required Consumer Confidence Reports. The purpose of this project is for the participant to be trained to analyze data, produce presentations and reports based on this data, conduct research and gather best practices regarding communicating information to the public challenges and strategies for communicating information to the public through Consumer Confidence Reports.
The participant will gain experience in the following areas:
- Researching communication and marketing related to risk communication and drinking water.
- Researching “readability”, “understandability”, “clarity”, risk communication and marketing approaches related to improving Consumer Confidence Reports.
- Identifying risk communication best practices, tools, and lessons learned for informing the public about public health issues.
- Analyzing available data related to CCRs, for example: readership statistics, summary statistics of community water systems, CCR violations, and consumer perceptions of CCRs.
- Research on available alternatives to improve accessibility of reports for vulnerable populations
- Identifying resources in other sectors that may have best practices that are relevant to Consumer Confidence Reports
- Identifying gaps in electronic direct delivery strategies for Consumer Confidence Reports; as well as options for additional delivery, including websites, email, and social media.
- Collaborating amongst staff across a range of disciplines, and contributing within the participant’s area of interest.
- Developing papers, briefings, fact sheets, case studies and presentations.
- Gathering, analyzing, reviewing, and presenting on risk communication data.
Learning Objectives: The research participant will gain an understanding of how evidence is used to inform EPA decision-making processes. The research participant will collaborate with technical experts across EPA, and potentially with state and EPA regional and policy staff.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 2021. All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors. Click here for detailed information about start dates.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed three to four additional years upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. At this time, bachelor’s degree stipends are ~$49,000 per year and master’s degree stipends are ~$60,000 per year. Click here for detailed information about full-time stipends.
EPA Security Clearance: Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at EPA.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please see the FAQ section of our website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.EPA.OW@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within the past five years.
- Research on public policy and/or communication
- Data analysis
- Development of executive summaries, fact sheets, and/or presentations
- Data visualization and presentation
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
- Communications and Graphics Design (2 )
- Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (2 )
- Environmental and Marine Sciences (3 )
- Life Health and Medical Sciences (2 )
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (28 )
- Veteran Status: Veterans Preference, degree received within the last 120 month(s).