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Research Project Description

Physical Sciences for Oil and Gas and Energy Extraction Injection Wells
Internship Program Opportunity
Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

EPA Water 2014-313

Project Description:

A postgraduate or postdoctoral internship is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water, in Washington, D.C. This internship will be served with Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) Drinking Water Protection Division (DWPD).

The DWPD Prevention Branch manages the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program and the Source Water Protection Program. Together, these programs aim to prevent and reduce contamination of surface water and underground sources of drinking water (USDW). The UIC Program is specifically involved with various aspects of facilitating the development of oil and gas resources while ensuring protection of drinking water sources.

Under the guidance of the mentor, the intern will be trained on aquifer exemptions, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and issues related to underground injection controls activities. S/he may be involved in the following activities:

  • Developing study reports and drafting position papers on aquifer exemptions
  • Performing literature searches/reviews to inform technical and policy decisions on aquifer exemptions
  • Participating in working groups, technical committees or teams
  • Interacting with external groups on energy issues with a goal to ensure protection of USDWs 

Through this project, the intern will learn about the UIC Program and the application of injection technology in developing the nation’s energy resources while ensuring protection of underground sources of drinking water. S/he will learn about the process of aquifer exemptions and in-situ leaching uranium mining.

The intern will be involved with oil and gas and mining professionals, scientists and regulators from federal and state agencies, and researchers from both the oil and gas community and the ground water protection community. S/he may have opportunities to interact with these individuals at meetings, conferences and technical workshops.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have received a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in physical sciences, geological sciences, environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, water resource management, or engineering within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.

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 preferred (but the applicant can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, a H1B visa is not appropriate).

The appointment will initially be for one year and may be extended up to three additional years depending upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding. The annual stipend will range from $42,631 to $77,813 depending on educational level. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

The EPA contact for this project is Joe Tiago (Tiago.Joseph@epa.gov).

How to Apply:

An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Pleasereference Project # EPA Water 2014-313 when requesting information.