EPA Office/Lab and Location: A postgraduate research opportunity is available with the Climate Change Division (CCD) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) located in Washington, D.C.
CCD’s mission is to assess and address global climate change and the associated risks to human health and the environment.
The selected participant will obtain exposure to an exciting program that focuses on collecting GHG data and disseminating and analyzing the data in a meaningful manner.
Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will learn about and support GHGRP’s data and policy analysis efforts, with attention to the following activities:
- Program Development – The participant will be mentored by GHGRP staff in the development of rulemakings. The participant will gain proficiency in the interpretation of Clean Air Act regulations. The participant will observe the staff’s analysis efforts and written responses to comments.
- Data Systems – The participant will learn how the GHGRP data team develops and improves features of the electronic GHG data system to assist EPA in the collection, verification, and publication of GHG data. These features will enhance the existing system and build additional features that provide ease-of-use for reporters. The participant will observe the team as they provide intelligent information technology solutions to address reporting requirements.
- Implementation – The participant will learn how the GHGRP implementation team verifies and disseminates the data collected by the GHG data system. These efforts will include learning about the implementation of web-based publication tools and ensuring these tools represent accurate data. The participant will gain knowledge on how the implementation team verifies the data collected and provides feedback to facilities. The participant will learn about outreach and communication with stakeholders such as through the program’s help desk. The participant will also observe the development of a website that presents information in an easily accessible and understandable format.
- Data analysis related to the Oil and Natural Gas Sector – The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program collects data from across the oil and natural gas sector value chain, including from production, gathering and boosting, processing, transmission, and distribution. The participant will learn how GHG data for the oil and natural gas sector are analyzed and communicated. The participant will observe and gain exposure to how GHGRP is represented in different venues and engages with various stakeholders.
Appointment Length: The appointment may initially be for one year and may be renewed upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
EPA Security Clearance: Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at EPA.
ORISE Information: 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. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).