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The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full-time contractor position; Drinking Water Researcher with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Salary: $22.63 per hour.

Travel: Travel is not expected for this position.  

Required Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of scientific and/or engineering principles and practices; 
  • Basic knowledge of water chemistry and solids analysis methods;
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook);
  • Strong communication skills (i.e., written, oral, online, telephone, social media etiquette);
  • Strong time management and organizational skills, including experience handling multiple assignments with competing deadlines; and
  • Experience working in a team environment.

Desired Skills:


  • Experience organizing, tracking and coordinating large amounts of electronic information with thousands of data points and
  • Knowledge of water infrastructure systems.


  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering or other related field 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 Water Infrastructure Division (WID), within EPA’s Office of Research and Development, Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response, conducts customer-driven research and support, providing scientific leadership on national-scale problems associated with water quality in the built infrastructure. These efforts focus on drinking water treatment plants, distribution systems, storage tanks, premise plumbing, wastewater collection systems and treatment plants, storm water systems, green infrastructure and water reuse. WID specializes in providing technical information to small water systems who have unique capabilities and needs. The research conducted in WID supports the regulatory and non-regulatory scientific needs of EPA, water utilities, and state, local, territorial and tribal agencies in their implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act, and other legislative and policy mandates. High priority research in the division includes removal of emerging contaminants like PFAS and legacy contaminants like lead from drinking water and developing wastewater surveillance techniques for the early detection of COVID in wastewater. 

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

  • Assisting EPA staff with the science and engineering management duties;
  • Performing research;
  • Analyzing data; and
  • Networking and exploring many career paths at EPA.


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