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Environmental Evaluation Support

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening for a full-time Environmental Evaluation Support position with the EPA facility in Gulf Breeze, FL.
What the EPA project is about
The Office of Research and Development at the EPA supports high-quality research to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its environmental goals. Research is conducted in a broad range of environmental areas by scientists in EPA laboratories and at universities across the country.
The National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) is the Agency’s focal point for scientific research on the effects of contaminants and environmental stressors on human health and ecosystem integrity. Its research mission and goals help the Agency to identify and understand the processes that affect our health and environment and helps the Agency to evaluate the risks that pollution poses to human and ecosystems.
The Gulf Ecology Division (GED) is one of four ecology divisions supporting the strategic research mission of NHEERL. GED engages in research to develop innovative solutions for complex challenges to address EPA’s most pressing needs in protecting human health and environment. GED conducts systems-based effects research to advance the science toward achieving sustainable communities, health and well-being.
What you will be doing
As a team member, you will receive hands-on administrative/scientific experience in support of research to develop methods and metrics for evaluating restoration effectiveness under the Benefits from Remediation, Restoration and Revitalization Research Area (RA 9) within the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Your work will support projects examining databases, developing environmental and socio-ecological characterizations, organizing and analyzing data, preparing written and graphical summaries, and conducting literature searches and reviews.
Required skills
  • A mix of academic coursework of ecology, environmental sciences and statistics;
  • Excellent database and quantitative skills;
  • Highly organized and self-starter work habits;
  • Ability to work in teams;
  • Training and/or experience with a background in ArcGIS applications and experience managing geodatabases;
  • Experience compiling, organizing, and summarizing database information and conducting internet searches;
  • Experience with MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and MS Word;
  • Training/experience with analyzing data using at least one of the following software packages: SAS, R, SPSS , Python; and
  • Experience developing graphics, tables and other products for scientific reports and manuscripts.
How you will apply your skills
Primary duties
  • Assisting with identifying databases for the development of environmental and socio-ecological metrics and measures;
  • Supporting the development of procedures to maintain current and accurate data; and utilizing automated systems to enter, search, edit and extract data and information;
  • Conducting literature searches and assisting with literature reviews;
  • Developing power point presentations;
  • Providing assistance with writing and editing science articles and other communications materials; and
  • Providing assistance in the creation and organization of geospatial databases.
Communication Related Duties
  • Participating as a member of a multi-disciplinary research team; and
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
Location: This job will be located at EPA’s facility in Gulf Breeze, FL.
Salary: Selected applicant will become a temporary employee of ORAU and will receive an hourly wage of $20.95 for hours worked.
Hours: Full time
Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.
Expected start date: The position is full time and expected to begin October 2019. The initial project is through May 14, 2020, with potential optional periods.
Working conditions: You will be supervised by a mentor who will provide day-to-day direction, as well as coach, advise, counsel and review your work.
Qualifications
  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have at least a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, statistics, biology, ecology, marine biology, zoology, chemistry, geography, social sciences, or a related field of study from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months and
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America or a Legal Permanent Resident.
EPA ORD employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen