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Research Project Description

Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Implications
Internship Program Opportunity
Office of Air and Radiation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

EPA-OAR 2014-01

Project Description:

A postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) in Washington, D.C.

The Climate Change Division (CCD) is one of four divisions in EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs. CCD works to assess and address global climate change and the associated risks to human health and the environment. The internship will be served with CCD’s Climate Policy Branch (CPB). CPB is responsible for:

  • Preparing the annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, which is the official estimate of US greenhouse gas emission trends,
  • Supporting the development of climate change mitigation policies and rule-makings in the U.S., including Clean Air Act actions,
  • Assessing the greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of bioenergy use at stationary sources,
  • Supporting U.S. government participation in international forums, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Providing capacity building support to developing countries in the area of GHG monitoring, reporting, and verification, and
  • Developing and assessing the existing and potential future GHG market policies.

The intern will learn about CPB’s climate change efforts and will be involved in the following team activities.

Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks – The intern will be mentored by CPB staff as they complete the official U.S. government GHG inventory. S/he will observe CPB staff in reviewing relevant technical studies, planning, assessing methodological developments, compiling estimates, and documenting work. S/he will also learn about preparing communication materials relevant to the GHG inventory, communicating the results to EPA management and to outside groups, and assisting with answering technical questions about the results. Overall, the intern will gain familiarity and technical expertise in the fundamental building block of U.S. climate policy, and be conversant in the wide array of economic and physical activities that generate GHG emissions. S/he will witness staff generating the inventory results for specific sources and sectors, such as Land-Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry, Agriculture, Energy, or Industrial Processes.

 

Greenhouse Gas Implications of Biomass and Biomass-based feedstocks  - The intern will observe CPB’s team that is assessing the GHG implications of bioenergy and biomass-based feedstocks at stationary sources. This effort involves using the GHG inventory, climate economics, engineering, and policy assessment skills to develop a sound and environmentally credible approach to accounting for GHG emissions. S/he will observe a core group in CCD charged with completing a GHG accounting framework, and potentially applying it in a number of different real-world scenarios. The intern will learn about the current body of work in this area, and to understand the policy and regulatory context of the work.

This project will expose the intern to a broad range of environmental and policy issues surrounding GHG monitoring, reporting, verification, mitigation, policy-making, and communication.

Qualifications:

The applicant should have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree (preferred) in environmental science, climate change science/policy, or a related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. An understanding and knowledge of climate change science is desired.

The appointment will be full-time for nine months. The monthly stipend will range from $3,792 to $4,117 depending on level of education.

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is required. The participant does not automatically become an EPA employee as part of this internship.

Technical Questions:

The EPA contact person for this project is Margie Clayton. Her e-mail address is clayton.margie@epa.gov.

How to Apply:

An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA-OAR 2014-01 when calling or writing for information.