EPA Postgraduate Research in Aquatic Habitat and Resources

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.

The selected participant will conduct research focused on improving data access, analysis, and communication related to San Francisco Bay environmental (water and habitat quality) and program implementation tracking data. The project will have three focus areas: 1) Assist in developing and implementing an implementation tracking system for EPA’s San Francisco Bay Program; 2) Assist in gathering, analyzing, and reporting data on San Francisco Bay environmental indicators, and 3) Assist in gathering and analyzing data to evaluate progress in meeting San Francisco Estuary Partnership’s Estuary Blueprint goals.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will gain an understanding of EPA’s estuary management programs and have an opportunity to develop research projects to support EPA’s role in working with federal, state, and local governments, academic institutions, environmental organizations, and the general public on San Francisco Bay and Estuary management. The participant will learn first-hand about the interaction between the various levels of government and the private sector on these issues. This project will provide excellent exposure to a broad range of scientific, technical, and policy issues pertaining to water quality protection, habitat protection and restoration, climate resiliency, community sustainability, and public involvement and education. The participant will be involved in groups with colleagues from different organizations and skill sets, collaborate on assessing management and communication needs, research regional and national approaches, and evaluate them.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Winter 2021/2022.

At this time the annual stipend for master's degree ~$68,000/year. A travel allowance will be provided for pertinent conferences, meetings, and/or trainings, with approval of the project coordinator or mentor.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 12/31/2021

Questions: email orise.epa.reg@orau.org