EPA fellowship in ocean and coastal protection/marine pollution prevention

Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Reference Code: EPA-OW-OWOW-2022-05

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A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. 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. Click here for detailed information about recommendations.

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

Application Deadline: 30/04/2022 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Description: *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 LocationThree research opportunities are currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Office of Water (OW), Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW). The appointments will be served in the Oceans, Wetlands, and Communities Division (OWCD) in the Freshwater and Marine Regulatory Branch (FMRB) or the Ocean and Coastal Management Branch (OCMB) located in Washington D.C.

OWCD manages and implements a number of ocean and coastal protection programs. The programs are responsible for the development of policy, guidance, and regulations that protect our ocean, coastal, and wetland resources. The programs include Ocean Dumping Management, Coastal Wetlands, Ocean Acidification, Coral Reef Protection, Vessel Discharges, and Coastal Resiliency. The programs work closely with EPA’s seven coastal Regional Offices (Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 10), partner agencies, states, and a vast number of interested stakeholders.

For nearly 50 years, EPA has worked to prevent adverse impacts to human health and the ocean and coastal environment. Specifically, EPA’s Freshwater and Marine Regulatory Branch, in coordination with EPA’s seven coastal Regional Offices (Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 10), administers the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act permitting and ocean disposal site designation, management, and monitoring program (Ocean Dumping Management Program) to protect human health and the environment from pollution caused by ocean dumping. EPA’s Ocean and Coastal Management Branch manages a myriad of ocean and coastal programs aimed at controlling vessel pollution, protecting coral reefs and coastal wetlands, monitoring and assessing coastal acidification, and enhancing coastal resiliency.

Research Project: The specific project will vary based on candidate background; however, the focus of the research will support EPA’s ocean and coastal protection and marine pollution prevention efforts.

The participant’s research will focus on assisting with the development of national-level monitoring reports, evaluation of materials that may be considered for dumping into the ocean (this may include data analysis and/or literature reviews), and/or the development of tools to support the national ocean and coastal programs.

Learning Objectives This project will provide exposure to scientific, technical, and policy issues pertaining to sources of marine pollution and the protection of ocean and coastal environments.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will gain an understanding of EPA’s ocean and coastal protection programs, have an opportunity to develop research projects to support EPA’s role in working with international and federal agencies and state and local governments on ocean and coastal management, and learn firsthand about the interaction between the various levels of government and the private sector on these issues. 

Mentor(s)The mentor(s) for questions about this opportunity is Sarah Gilliand (gilliand.sarah@epa.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s) directly.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 2022.  All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors. Click here for detailed information about start dates.

Zintellect, 25 March 2022. More information.

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