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Research Project Description

Mystic River Watershed Federal Partnership; Urban Waters
Internship Program Opportunity
Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Boston, MA

EPA Water 2014-314

Project Description:

A postgraduate internship is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water, in Boston, Massachusetts. This internship will be served with Region 1’s Office of Ecosystem Protection which is responsible for the implementation and oversight of Clean Water and Clean Air Act Programs.

The intern will be trained in several ongoing projects that support the Mystic River Watershed’s Urban Waters Federal Partnership including 1) Mystic River Watershed water quality report card; 2) the Steering Committee’s water quality subcommittee; 3) MyRWA and their upcoming TMDL preparation work; 4) pulling together the annual/bi-annual Mystic River Watershed Initiative science forum; and 5) Mystic River Watershed Initiative website (www.epa.gov/mysticriver) up-to-date including science and water quality information 6) Charles River annual water quality report card data analysis and announcement, 7) urban water quality and stormwater analysis and assessment, and 8) regional nutrient and stormwater work.

The intern could be involved in the following team activities:

  • Water quality analysis and report card preparation such as data analysis, messaging, and document drafting (such as water quality fact sheets and press releases).
  • Mystic Steering Committee’s water quality subcommittee with priority analyses and planning, research as needed, and communication with subcommittee members.
  • Mystic River Watershed Association’s TMDL effort with data analysis, etc. as needed.
  • EPA and Mystic River Watershed Association with the annual science form.
  • Federal Partners to research and identify partnership and collaborative opportunities.
  • Research, GIS, analysis and assessment related to nutrient and stormwater management programs.
  • Other activities related to EPA’s Geographic Programs including Long Island Sound and the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Partnership.

Through this internship, the intern will have the following educational opportunities:

  • Learn about bacteria, stormwater, and nutrient pollution, legacy pollution, permitting and compliance, low-impact development, fish consumption, etc.).
  • Clean Water Act Programs

 This internship will provide excellent exposure to novel and complex environmental issues in urban watersheds.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry, geology, hydrogeology, biology, environmental sciences, marine science, engineering within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.

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 the applicant can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, a H1B visa is not appropriate). 

The appointment will initially be for one year and may be extended up to three additional years depending upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding. The annual stipend will range from $42,631 to $64,311 depending on educational level. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

The EPA contact for this project is Caitlyn Whittle (whittle.caitlyn@epa.gov). 

How to Apply:

An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Pleasereference Project # EPA Water 2014-314 when requesting information.