Help State and Local Governments Achieve Environmental Goals Through Energy Strategies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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How to Apply

A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • Two educational or professional recommendations

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline
2/14/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A postgraduate research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). This research opportunity is with the Climate Protection Partnership Division (CPPD) located in Washington, DC. 

The selected participant will join CPPD’s State and Local Branch (SLB), whose policy experts work cooperatively with state and local governments to help them reduce emissions in ways that meet their own unique environmental, energy and economic priorities. The participant will be involved with the development of decision-support resources and tools to support state and local government environmental policy goals. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will learn how to research and develop briefings, trainings, case studies and other documents on topics that could include:

  • Actions and trends in state, local and possibly tribal environmental and energy policies and programs
  • Quantifying and communicating the emissions and health impacts of state and local government energy policies and programs
  • Policy and infrastructure considerations for state, local government and utility investments in environmentally and economically beneficial electrification
  • Understanding the environmental implications of and opportunities for state and local government use of green infrastructure
  • Refining and communicating about SLB’s existing suite of analytical tools
  • Refining SLB’s ability to analyze the impacts of our investments

The participant will have the opportunity to collaborate with a collegial team of skilled professionals. The participant will have the opportunity to meet with senior officials and engage with stakeholders including S&L officials and NGOs.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Spring 2020

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant's travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at EPA in the Washington, DC area. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.


The qualified candidate should have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date. 

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 6/1/2020 11:59:00 PM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (1 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (12 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (1 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (10 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 )