U.S. nationals: Water Quality Modeling for Assessing the Impacts of Policy Decisions

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Organization U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Reference Code EPA-Water-2019-0015

How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – 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

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to  . Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline 5/9/2019 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


A postgraduate research opportunity is available in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water (OW) Office of Science and Technology (OST), Engineering and Analysis Division (EAD). OW guides implementation of the national water program under statutory authorities such as the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act, among others (https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-water). In particular, this opportunity will be associated with the Effluent Guidelines program (https://www.epa.gov/eg).

The Office of Water seeks an individual who has interest and educational background in water-related issues and has strong analytical and writing skills. Depending on skills and career interest, the selected applicant will participate in a variety of projects that involve data discovery and analysis, policy analysis, and framing and communicating information to educate program partners and inform water resource management strategies. While the specific project will be selected in keeping with current issues and the applicant’s skills and interests, projects that the ORISE participant may be trained on, under the guidance of a mentor, include:

  • Conduct research and analysis to quantify environmental impacts and benefits of proposed national policy actions, including quantifying changes in water quality
  • Use databases, spreadsheets, statistical tools, hydrologic models, GIS systems, and other modeling tools to explore impacts and outcomes of policy choices and communicate results, e.g. conducting case studies using HAWQS to evaluate effects of pollution control strategies
  • Become familiar with HAWQS (Hydrologic And Water Quality System, https://epahawqs.tamu.edu/) and SWAT (Soil And Water Assessment Tool, https://swat.tamu.edu/software/) hydrologic and water quality models through online documentation, training, and weekly HAWQS development meetings and discussions
  • Use GIS analyses to determine wetland properties using NHD (national hydrography data), and NWI (national wetlands inventory) datasets
  • Use statistical programs, GIS tools, and databases to locate, summarize and prepare observed water quality data for model calibration and validation                                   
  • Use existing permit data and GIS tools to map locations of CWA program activities
  • Prepare existing NPDES point source data for input into HAWQS and SWAT or other hydrologic models
  • Develop methodologies to facilitate model calibration and validation, and re-calibration as new input and observed data becomes available
  • Participate on research groups and teams to address topics of interest
  • Conduct background studies and develop white papers to explore issues of importance to the national water program

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 1, 2019

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. The initial appointment is for one year, and may be renewed upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at EPA in the Washington, DC area. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.


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 and will reach completion by August 31, 2019. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date. 

Preferred skills:

  • GIS and databases
  • Excel and computer programming
  • Mathematical hydrology and water quality models
  • Ability to communicate technical information to a non-technical audience

Eligibility Requirements

  • Degree: Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 8/31/2019 12:00:00 AM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Computer Sciences 
    • Earth and Geosciences
    • Engineering
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Other Physical Sciences 
    • Physics