U.S. nationals: Nonpoint Source Management and Water Quality Assessment Internship

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Washington, DC, US


*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline. Click here for information about the selection process.

EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW), Office of Wetlands, Ocean and Watersheds (OWOW) Nonpoint source Program located in Washington, DC.

Research Project: The objective of this project is research and analysis focused on the successful use of Clean Water Act Section 319 nonpoint source funding for achieving water quality improvements, as well as researching state Nonpoint Source Management Plans and local scale watershed plans.

Learning Objectives: With guidance from the mentor, the participant will have the opportunity to:
  • Evaluate water quality results in proposed nonpoint success stories from state agencies prior to publication
  • Evaluation of implementation of best management practices and water quality monitoring for controlling nonpoint source pollution
  • Analyze effective approaches and measures in watershed planning to protect water quality

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Cynthia Curtis ([email protected]), and the lab coordinator is Don Maddox ([email protected]). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: ~Fall 2020  All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors. Click here for detailed information about start dates.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed up to three additional years upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. At this time, master’s degree stipends are ~$59,534 per year. Click here for detailed information about full-time stipends.

EPA Security Clearance: Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at EPA.

ORISE Information: 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. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

Questions: Please see the FAQ section of our website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email [email protected] and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should be have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by the end of September 2020. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:
  • GIS
  • Literature review and synthesis
  • Watershed planning and water quality monitoring
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master’s Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 9/30/2020 11:59:00 PM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (1 )
    • Computer Sciences (1 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (2 )
    • Engineering (1 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (4 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (6 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (1 )
  • Veteran Status: Veterans Preference, degree received within the last 120 month(s).





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