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Environmental Specialist

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


Location: This job will be located at EPA’s facility in Ada, OK


Salary: $30.46 per hour.


Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.


Required Skills:

  • Experience with ICP-OES, ICP-MS, SEM, FTIR Spectroscopy or Raman Spectroscopy;
  • Experience with laboratory sample collection, sample preparation, routine maintenance/calibration of instruments, handling and disposal of chemicals, laboratory glassware cleaning;
  • Experience and/or knowledge of Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Health and Safety used in laboratories;
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication in English; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and conduct data analysis and evaluation.



What the EPA project is about


The Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response (CESER) plans, coordinates and conducts an applied, customer-driven, national research and development program to improve decision making by EPA, federal, state, tribal and local agencies, when faced with challenging environmental problems in the built environment. Within CESER, the Groundwater Characterization & Remediation Division (GCRD) plans, coordinates and conducts an applied, national-scale, customer-driven research program to provide data, tools, models, strategies, and technologies to protect and restore groundwater.


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


  • Performing quality assurance checks;
  • Maintaining accurate records;
  • Using analytical equipment and standards; and
  • Networking and exploring many career paths at EPA.




  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a Master’s degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, geology, soil science, ecology, environmental science, environmental engineering, or another scientific discipline from an accredited university 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.


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