Research Support For the Water Quality Framework – Washington DC

Agency
USEPA
Location
Washington, DC
Job Category
Internships
Salary
57510
Start Date
09/03/2019
Last Date to Apply
08/20/2019
Website
https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/EPA-Water-2019-0042
Description
The goal of this project is to involve the participant in activities integrated with the Water Quality Framework that increase the utility of water quality data. The Water Quality Framework is an Agency strategy to integrate water quality information to better enable science based water resource decisions in support of water program goals related to nutrients, non-point sources, national surveys, and assessed and impaired waters. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will be trained to: -build relationships with EPA Regional Offices, federal, state and tribal agencies and volunteer monitoring groups -increase the utility of water quality data -collaborate with EPA researchers to contribute to the development of and observe the conduction of training modules for tribal agencies and volunteer monitoring programs -collaborate with state and tribal agencies in the implementation of their ambient water monitoring programs -use new tools that submit or utilize water quality data including WQX Web, Water Quality Portal, How’s My Waterway, ESRI GIS, and other analytical tools -apply water tools to answer watershed and water policy questions -apply strategic planning to align water program IT development activities to the EPA Enterprise Architecture Based on skills and discussion with mentor, some projects could include: -Aid in the continued development of a sensor data sharing network that will enable the sharing of continuous monitoring data and identify demonstrations projects -Identify innovative ways to expand water monitoring data sharing among states and tribes -Contribute to the development of projects on the Water Quality Framework to create new efficiencies in monitoring, assessment and reporting -Incorporate biological taxa and species management functionality into WQX -Analyze water quality data to increase data quality and reusability, and identify water quality monitoring gaps, and prioritize waters through statistical analysis and/or GIS
Qualifications
The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's, master's or doctoral 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. Preferred skills: -Experience in an area emphasizing some aspect of water quality, water resources, information management, and data analysis -Experience with field sampling, laboratory analysis, personal computers, the Internet, social media, data management, and data analysis -Strong oral and written communications skills -Strong skills in multimedia use platforms, communications, research, engagement, analysis, outreach and writing on environmental issues -Familiarity and/or experience with the Clean Water Act
Contact Person
Shelly Thawley
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