Research Project Description
Animal Feedlot Operations Program Development
Internship Program Opportunities
Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Water 2013-283
A postgraduate internship is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water. The internship will be served with the Office of Wastewater Management, Water Permits Division (WPD) in Washington, D.C.
EPA partners with authorized states to develop, support, and manage the National Permit Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program that protects and restores the environmental health of the nation’s waters. WPD leads and manages the NPDES permit program in partnership with the EPA Regional Offices, states, tribes, and other stakeholders.
This project is for an individual interested in the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Program. This team leads rulemaking efforts, develops national guidance, and oversees the effective implementation of CAFO regulations, including a recently launched Livestock Water Quality Blueprint, which is an effort to work collaboratively with the livestock industry. The individual will experience, first hand, how the EPA plans and implements regulatory and non-regulatory aspects of the program.
Project areas will include:
- Livestock Discussion Group
- Best Conservation Practices
- Good Farmer Recognition Program
The intern will be trained to conduct research and analysis, draft project summaries and briefings, and be involved in communications and outreach efforts. S/he will have the opportunity to develop areas of specialization appropriate to his or her interests and skills. The intern may have the opportunity to be involved in planning and developing, as well as travel to, conferences, meetings, or livestock operations site visits.
The intern will learn the processes and procedures used to implement the regulatory and non-regulatory aspects of the NPDES CAFO Program. S/he will participate in technical and analytical projects that relate to the animal livestock industry that will increase the effectiveness of the NPDES program.
The intern will have the opportunity to learn project management, briefing development and presentation skills, as well as federal policy making based on technical information.
The applicant should have received at least a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, biology, ecology, public policy, or a closely related field within five years of the desired starting date or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the start date. Students pursuing a master’s degree who are currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university are also eligible to apply. Proof of enrollment must be provided each semester. Interest in corporate responsibility, strategy development, and program planning is desired.
The appointment will initially be full time for a one-year and may be renewed upon the recommendation of EPA and depending on the availability of funding. The annual stipend will range from $42,000 up to $60,000 depending on education and experience. No travel or relocation expenses will be paid.
The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate). The intern must show proof of health and medical insurance. The intern does not become an EPA employee.
The EPA mentor for this project is Hema Subramanian. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply:
An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA Water 2013-283 when calling or writing for information.