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EPA Postgraduate Research in Watershed Protection and Restoration

Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education
San Francisco, California
annual stipend for master's degree ~$68,000/year and doctoral degree ~$82,000/year
Closing date
Dec 17, 2021
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A postgraduate research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9 Water Division located in San Francisco, California. This research opportunity is with the Watersheds Section in the Tribal and State Assistance Branch.

California salmon populations are in decline with multiple runs endangered or threatened, and warming instream temperatures are broadly considered a primary cause or contributor. The selected participant will research the temperature requirements of west coast salmon (in particular, California salmon) to inform protective temperature regimes and thresholds.  In particular, the findings of this research will be used to identify the broad suite of indicators, as well as approaches for assimilating those indicators, in determining temperature regimes and thresholds that are scientifically defensible at the level required for EPA recommendations and actions under the Clean Water Act and federal regulation.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will increase her/his knowledge of temperature regime and threshold requirements necessary to protect west coast salmon, including knowledge on the types of studies and other information that are critical in determining protection thresholds. The research participant will have the opportunity to collaborate with EPA Regions and scientists, and scientists from state and federal fish protection agencies in researching and evaluating decision-relevant ecological data critical in protecting west coast salmon. Also, this opportunity will provide the participant with exposure to technical and policy issues surrounding watershed protection and restoration.

The qualified candidate should have received a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion by the end of December 2021. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Winter 2021/2022. 

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