Position Description & Application
Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected candidate will participate within the Water Division to conduct research in the study area with a majority of focus on activities in the stormwater sector. Assignments will involve researching NPDES permits submitted by Region 3 States. Activities related to this project include, but are not limited to:
- Research MS4 public outreach and education communications strategies for each Region 3 jurisdiction and provide the results of that research to EPA. The research will focus on opportunities to share best practices and other relevant information.
- Research impaired waters listings and GIS mapping to identify surface waters impaired by nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediments and provide the results for the research to EPA so that to target outreach areas and communities.
- Research NPDES program regulations and state programs for stormwater management and permitting and provide the results of that research to EPA that will be used to identify opportunities to improve NPDES permits and regulatory compliance and to integrate green infrastructure planning into communities.
- Research stormwater management plans and provide the results of the research to EPA to determine the effectiveness in meeting Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and local TMDL requirements.
- Survey and evaluate conventional Best Management Practices (BMPs) and green technology used to manage stormwater.
- Research small communities in the Chesapeake Bay and recommend the characteristics from the research that will be provided to EPA to identify communicates that need assistance with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL requirements.
- Research opportunities and provide the results of that research to EPA to determine the technical assistance to the regulated community in the areas of innovation of communities for regulatory requirements, control technologies options used by communities, and best practices in program implementation.
- Conduct a literature search and evaluate state program guidance manuals for stormwater program implementation to highlight best practices that can be shared Regionally.
- Research characteristics of effective communication and provide the results of the research to EPA that will focus on communication with both internal and external partners regarding NPDES permit requirements.
The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's or master's degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion before June 30, 2023. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
- Environmental Science with knowledge of
- Soil science
- Engineering with knowledge of
- Environmental Engineering
- Construction and design
- Water quality and/or general engineering Geographic Information Systems and scientific computing Technical Writing
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Analytical capabilities
- Attention to details and planning