U.S. nationals: National Water Program Analysis Including State and Tribal Issues
The Water Policy Staff has a research opportunity available for an individual who has interest and experience in water-related issues who will be trained on projects to identify and research key surface water and groundwater issues; organize, track and evaluate national water data and information; and communicate information to educate program partners and inform water resource management strategies at the national, regional and local level. The participant will gain experience and insight into how national environmental water programs are managed, how environmental policies and regulations are developed, and how federal programs coordinate and work with other federal, state, local and tribal partners. Training opportunities include:
- Collaborate with research staff to develop outreach information and materials for EPA’s National Tribal Water Program including developing OW’s website and communication information for tribes.
- Partner with research staff to help organize and plan meetings, conferences and training for the National Tribal Water Program.
- Research and prepare materials in support of tribal water program assessments.
- Help develop an online resource and reference center of documents, approaches, processes and information that OW managers and staff can use to better develop program actions as they move forward for Senior management review and/or public comment.
- Help organize, track and summarize a large variety of OW actions (e.g. program guidance, policies, rules, reports, and other program documents) for weekly and monthly review and reporting.
- Conduct background analysis and help prepare materials to disseminate information to state, local, tribal and federal water management partners on high priority and emerging issues through, for example, web and social media; newsletters and fact sheets; workshops and reports.
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, but may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and is contingent on the availability of funds. 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 in the Washington, DC area. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
Applicant should have received a master's degree within five years of the desired starting date with educational and/or work experience in one or more of the following areas: environmental, biological or earth science; quantitative environmental analysis; science communications.
The applicant should possess a demonstrated interest in water topics and environmental protection and be able to conduct both broad and detailed environmental research; have strong writing and editing skills; and have the ability to build consensus and communicate environmental issues and information to both technical and non-technical audiences. Experience in working with tribal communities is desired, but not a requirement for this internship.