Research Project Description
Greenhouse Gas Data System Development and Dissemination
Internship Program Opportunity
Office of Air and Radiation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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 assesses and addresses global climate change and the associated risks to human health and the environment. The internship will be served with CCD’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Branch (GGRB). EPA collected the first comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data across the U.S. economy through EPA’s GHG Reporting Program in 2011. This program collects data accounting for about 85 percent of total U.S. emissions. EPA collaborates with facilities to verify the data submitted, and has developed an easy-to-use online data publication tool allows users to view GHG data from thousands of facilities in a number of ways. GGRB is responsible for:
- Developing regulations and interpreting rulemaking,
- Collecting GHG data to inform policy decisions,
- Developing and maintaining a GHG data system,
- Conducting t and outreach to stakeholders,
- Implementing data through web-based publication tools.
The intern will learn about and support GGRB’s climate change efforts, with particular attention to the following activities:
Regulatory Support – The intern will be mentored by GGRB staff in the crafting of regulation language and interpretation of existing rule language. S/he will observe the team’s analysis efforts and written responses to regulatory language queries. S/he will also learn about help desk support that provides guidance on technical issues relating to reporting GHG emissions to the data system users.
Data Systems - The intern will learn how the data management and integration 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. S/he will observe the team as they provide intelligent information technology solutions to address reporting requirements over the next two years. The system will need to handle additional reporters from new source categories and build out new reporting features. These efforts will require creative solutions that work within the existing framework of the GHG Data System.
Implementation – The intern will learn how the implementation team organizes 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 intern will observe the implementation team verify the data collected and provide feedback on verification checks. The implementation team will work on outreach and communication with stakeholders. The intern will also observe the development of a website that presents information in an easily accessible and understandable format.
This opportunity will expose the intern to an exciting program that focuses on collecting GHG data and disseminating the data in a meaningful manner. The intern will be involved with GGRB staff on maintaining a top-notch data system, analyzing complex GHG data, and communicating with stakeholders.
The applicant should have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental science, climate change science/policy, science communications, or a closely related field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the start date. A solid 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.
The EPA contact person for this project is Margie Clayton. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Comprehensive information on climate change science and policy can be found at http://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting/index.html.
How to Apply:
An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA-OAR 2014-02 when calling or writing for information.