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EPA SNEP/Algal Bloom Data Fellowship

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EPA SNEP/Algal Bloom Data Fellowship

EPA Office/Lab and Location: A part-time research opportunity is available for a current master's student or recent master's graduate at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region 1 Water Division's Southeast New England Program (SNEP) in conjunction with EPA's Office of Research and Development's Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division (ACESD) and EPA’s Region 7. While the opportunity is joint, the selected candidate would be seated at EPA Region 1's Water Division located in Boston, Massachusetts. The candidate should live within, or be willing to relocate to, commuting distance from the opportunity location.



Research Project: The selected applicant will have the opportunity to contribute research to projects of regional and national importance including, but not limited to:

  • Southeast New England Program Grants Database Project: Assist SNEP in revitalizing and keeping up-to-date its grants management database (currently Access based) by providing insight into options for grants/contract and monitoring data management, analysis, and visualization, including potential migration away from Access; suggesting and implementing analyses and tools to improve SNEP's grant management, trends analysis, results evaluation, and communications; and by providing insight to SNEP through data analytics and queries.
  • Harmful Algal Bloom Data Project: Support ORD's study of harmful algal blooms by cleaning, investigating, analyzing, and interpreting water quality data from a set of urban ponds from across the country; compare and contrast ponds across regions and assist in writing and communicating the results of the project.

Learning Objectives: The selected applicant will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of:

  • Science writing
  • Communication skills (written and oral)
  • Data Science tools like R, Shiny, Power-BI, Access, Python, and more
  • GIS (including story maps)
  • Experience researching on a team and independently
  • Database management (i.e., Access)
  • Research skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Understanding of a variety of water quality and habitat remediation practices
  • Data visualization (i.e., Qlik, R, Power BI, Python) - Statistics

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: January 2023. All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed up to two years upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding.

Level of Participation: The appointment is part-time (20 hours per week).

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. At this time, graduate students would receive ~$50,089/year and recently master's graduates would receive ~$61,268/year. Some travel and training funding may be provided depending on need and budget. Stipends will be prorated based on level of participation.

Application Deadline: 1/10/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone.

If you have questions, send an email to Please include the reference code EPA-REG1-2022-01 for this opportunity in your email.


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

Preferred skills/experience:

  • Desired educational background includes courses in statistics, GIS, data visualization, computer science, ecology, biology, chemistry, database management.
  • The ideal candidate would either be in the process of completing a master's degree or recently completed a master's degree.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, statistical software (i.e. R, Shiny, Python, Power-BI), GIS (and ArcGIS Story Map), database management (i.e. Access), data visualization (i.e. Qlik, R-Studio, Power BI, Python), science writing, and organizational skills.

Eligibility Requirements

Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen

Degree: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 1/31/2023 11:59:00 PM.


  • Communications and Graphics Design 
  • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences 
  • Earth and Geosciences 
  • Engineering 
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences
  • Life Health and Medical Sciences