Research Support For the Water Quality Framework

Washington, DC, United States
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Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The goal of this project is to have the intern participate in activities integrated with the Water Quality Framework that increase the utility of water quality data. The Water Quality Framework is an Agency strategy to integrate water quality information to better enable science based water resource decisions in support of water program goals related to nutrients, non-point sources, national surveys, and assessed and impaired waters.  As part of the Framework, the intern will be trained to:

  1. build relationships with EPA Regional Offices, federal, state and tribal agencies and volunteer monitoring groups,
  2. increase the utility of water quality data,
  3. collaborate with EPA researchers to develop and conduct training modules for tribal agencies and volunteer monitoring groups,
  4. assist state and tribal agencies in the implementation of their ambient water monitoring programs,
  5. use new tools that submit or utilize water quality data including WQX Web, Water Quality Portal, How’s My Waterway, ESRI GIS, and other analytical tools,
  6. apply water tools to answer watershed and water policy questions,
  7. apply strategic planning to align water program IT development activities to the EPA Enterprise Architecture. 

Based on skills and discussion with mentor, some projects could include:

  1. Aid in the continued development of a sensor data sharing network that will enable the sharing of continuous monitoring data and identify demonstrations projects,
  2. Identify innovative ways to expand water monitoring data sharing among states and tribes,
  3. Develop projects on the Water Quality Framework to create new efficiencies in monitoring, assessment and reporting,
  4. Incorporate biological taxa and species management functionality into WQX, and
  5. Analyze water quality data to increase data quality and reusability, and identify water quality monitoring gaps, and prioritize waters through statistical analysis and/or GIS.

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.


Applicants should have a degree in biology, environmental science, information technology, or similar degree. The degree must be received within five years of the appointment start date.  Applicants should have experience in an area emphasizing some aspect of water quality, water resources, information management, and data analysis. Experience with field sampling, laboratory analysis, personal computers, the Internet, social media, data management, and data analysis are desired. Strong oral and written communications skills are essential.

Strong skills in multimedia use platforms, communications, research, engagement, analysis, outreach and writing on environmental issues, and familiarity and/or experience with the Clean Water Act are desirable.