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Research Assistant at EPA

The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full-time contractor position; Research Assistant at EPA with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Washington, D.C.

Salary: $24.20 per hour.

Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Required Skills:
  • At least two courses in environmental studies and/or environmental policy, environmental science, environmental health, public health, urban planning, disasters, emergency management;
  • Experience working with community-based organizations and/or environmental groups, neighborhood associations, government, other organizations, to solve local problems;
  • Experience working on a team and handling multiple assignments with competing deadlines; and
  • Experience using software for administrative support, team collaboration, data management, graphics.

  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in a social science field, including anthropology, sociology, geography, economics, psychology, political science, environmental studies, or other closely related areas from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months and
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America or a Legal Permanent Resident.

EPA ORD employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program.

What the EPA project is about

The Homeland Security Research Program (HSRP) is responsible for addressing the research needs associated with EPA fulling its homeland security-related responsibilities. These responsibilities include preparing for and responding to environmental contamination that threatens human health resulting from a disaster. HSRP staff work closely with EPA Program and Regional offices and with other federal, state, and local collaborators to develop capabilities for supporting disaster preparedness, emergency response, recovery, and resilience. HSRP has a new social science research area on communities, resilience, and remediation. This research area analyzes the intertwined social and environmental variables that affect community resilience and vulnerability to homeland security incidents and other disasters. It uses social science theories and methods to investigate the topics of community resilience, including its intersection with climate change, equity, and environmental justice; community engagement in remediation, removals, redevelopment, and emergency response; risk communication; and disaster waste management decision-making. It uses human-centered design to develop decision-support resources for the Agency and its state, tribal, and local partners.

This is an excellent opportunity for a recent bachelor’s graduate to collaborate with EPA’s research team. Research experience includes:

  • Assist with literature reviews and analysis of scientific and grey literature on communities, resilience, and remediation topics ;
  • Coordinate meetings, including creating agendas, facilitating discussion, taking meeting notes, and following up on action items;
  • Prepare instructional materials (e.g., user guides, training slides, how-to worksheets) for research products; and
  • Networking and exploring many career paths at EPA.

Interested in this research opportunity? If so, follow the link below to apply. Questions? Email