Science Policy Support

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Washington, DC, US


The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full time Science Policy Support position with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Washington, DC.

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.

What the EPA project is about

The Office of the Science Advisor (OSA), within the Office of Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides leadership in cross-Agency science, technology, and science policy development and implementation to ensure the best possible use of science at the Agency.

EPA’s ability to protect human health and the environment depends upon the integrity of the science on which it relies. OSA functions include:

  • Implementing Public Access Plan for Research Results, which addresses making research journal articles and the data publicly available;
  • Implementing of EPA policies and procedures related to oversight of the ethics of all research involving human participants that is conducted by EPA scientists or funded by the EPA;
  • Implementing Scientific Integrity Policy across EPA, including development of guidance and procedures, training, and communications;
  • Providing coordination and championing regional science and technology functions;
  • Promoting collaborative solutions to science and technology issues related to risk assessment, environmental measurement, modeling, and peer review;
  • Assisting the team that identifies, develops, and disseminates innovative solutions to environmental problems; and
  • Promoting effectiveness and efficiencies in the Agency’s laboratory enterprise.

What experience and skills will you gain?

As a team member, you will help to develop and implement cross-agency strategies that support the functions listed above. You will assist with the analytical and administrative duties required to support and maintain robust programs.

How you will apply your skills

  • Assisting the team in developing oral presentations using graphics and other interactive formats;
  • Assisting the team and OSA management with the development of products, the conduct of meetings, storing and properly manage the records, and timely search and retrieval of information;
  • Conducting analysis of data and information collected for the various functions, preparing survey instruments under the direction of the Team leader, and preparing web related and other communication materials;
  • Performing research on related topics that support the various OSA functions and responsibilities; and
  • Working in a team environment that supports cross learning and maximizes the student opportunity to learn about the functions of OSA, as well as other components of EPA.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education

  • Demonstrated education and/or experience in both science and policy;
  • Demonstrated leadership and critical thinking skills and experience working in teams;
  • Experience communicating and coordinating efforts between different groups;
  • Demonstrated skill in developing oral presentations using graphics and presentation software;
  • Experience conducting analysis of data and information to address specific applications; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook).

Location:  This job will be located EPA’s Washington, DC facility.

Salary: Selected applicant will become a temporary employee of ORAU and will receive an hourly wage of $30.62 for hours worked.

Hours: Full-time

Expected start date: The position is full time and expected to begin April 2020. The selected applicant will become a temporary employee of ORAU working as a contractor to EPA. The initial project is through May 14, 2020, with potential optional periods.

For more information, contact [email protected]. Do not contact EPA directly.

  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a Master’s degree in the Biological, Environmental or Physical Sciences, Environmental Policy or a closely 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.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 24 months or anticipated to be received by 4/21/2020 11:59:00 PM.
  • Overall GPA: 2.00
  • Discipline(s):
    • Earth and Geosciences (23 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )