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U.S. EPA Opportunity
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Research and Business Support Program has an immediate opening a Social Science Communities Research Support position with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA’s facility in Duluth, Minnesota.
EPA’s National Health Effects and Environmental Research Laboratory (NHEERL) is responsible for scientific research on the effects of contaminants and environmental stressors on human health and ecosystem integrity. The impact of the Laboratory's efforts can be felt far beyond the EPA as their research enables state and local governments to implement effective environmental programs. NHEERL also collaborates with governments and organizations on issues of environmental importance. NHEERL’s Mid-Continent Ecology Division (MED) in Duluth MN conducts research through the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Program to help communities make decisions that lead to a more sustainable society and environment.
What the EPA project is about
The social science research conducted at MED utilizes case study methods that apply both theory-testing and theory-building approaches. Data collection methods document the behavior and decisions of different stakeholder groups through participant observation, document analysis, and social media mining. The research goal is to understand the decision-making process and how context shapes behavior and preferences related to the environment.
What you will be doing
As a part of the team, you will assist in the provision of data collection, transcription, and qualitative analysis services to support social science research. Plus, you will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to environmental decision-making for a real-world problem revolving around ecological outcomes and socioeconomic benefits of restoration and redevelopment of an urban river through a study of how actors navigate the process.
You will gain experience working with other members of MED’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities team to conduct participatory community research.
How you will apply your skills
Location: This job will be located at EPA’s facility in Duluth, Minnesota.
Salary: Selected applicants will become temporary employees of ORAU and will receive an hourly wage of $25.19 for hours worked.
Hours: Full time.
Travel: Travel related to this position will be local, and mostly limited to the City of Duluth, MN.
Expected Start Date: The position is full time and expected to begin in March 2019. The selected applicant will be a temporary employee of ORAU working as a contractor to EPA. The initial contract period is through May 14, 2019. EPA may elect to renew the contract for an additional one (1) 12-month optional period.
Working Conditions: The selected candidate shall be supervised by a mentor who will provide day-to-day direction, as well as coach, advise and counsel the student, and review the student contractor’s work.
This position will involve both work in an administrative and other indoor settings. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, or commercial vehicles.
EPA ORD employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program.
I certify that I am at least 18 years of age; a recent graduate with at least a Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology, geography, environmental education, urban studies, urban planning, sociology, public health, human dimensions of natural resources, peace studies, or a related field of study and have completed at least 1 year of coursework and research towards a Master of Science (or equivalent) degree within the last 24 months; a citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident of the United States of America; and not a current employee of EPA ORD or the spouse or child of an EPA ORD employee.
ORAU is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability); visit the ORAU website for required employment notices.