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Research Project Description

Wetland Regulatory Issues and Coastal Restoration
Postgraduate Internship Program Opportunity
Water Quality Protection Division
Region 6
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dallas, TX

EPA REG 6-WQPD 2014-01

Project Description:

A postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 6 Water Quality Protection Division (WQPD) in Dallas, Texas. This internship will be served in the Wetlands Section.

The Wetlands Section is responsible for administering EPA’s wetland protection program within the region. Program responsibilities are defined in Sections 301, 308, 309 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, Agency Operating Guidance, several Memoranda of Agreement (MOA's) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) and regulations promulgated by EPA. Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, EPA is charged with oversight of the COE permitting program which regulates the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States. EPA's responsibility at a regional level is to provide recommendations to the various COE District Offices to insure consistency with regulations promulgated by EPA under Section 404 (b)(1) of the Clean Water Act. The Section also works with state and tribal partners to develop core requirements of a wetlands program, and provides technical expertise to that end.

The Wetlands Section supports EPA’s efforts in wetland regulatory issues and coastal restoration. The intern could be involved in the following Wetlands Section activities: 

  • Jurisdictional determinations to support permitting activities and enforcement actions.
  • Section 404 permit reviews.
  • Mitigation bank reviews.
  • Enforcement case development.

The Wetlands Section supports EPA’s efforts in wetland regulatory issues and coastal restoration. The intern could be involved in the following Wetlands Section activities:This internship provides exposure to a broad range of environmental and policy issues surrounding wetlands protection and restoration. The intern will have the opportunity to learn and participate in the education, outreach, and partnership activities related to EPA’s wetlands programs. Through this internship, s/he will have a better understanding of how EPA implements a variety of regulatory and non-regulatory programs to increase understanding and positive perception of the functions and values of wetlands.

Qualifications:

The applicant should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Knowledge of wetlands ecosystems and related regulatory programs is desirable.

The appointment will initially be for full-time for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years depending on funding. The annual stipend will range from $56,000 to $72,733, depending on educational level. The intern does not become an EPA employee.

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). Guidelines for non-U.S. citizens may be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/immigration.htm.

Technical Questions:

The EPA contact person for this project is Sharon Parrish (parrish.sharon@epa.gov).

How to Apply:

An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA REG 6-2014-01 when calling or writing for information.