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Ecosystem Research Support

The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full-time contractor position; Ecosystem Research Support with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Gulf Breeze, FL.


Salary: $22.68 per hour.



Travel: No overnight travel is anticipated.


Required Skills:

  • Academic coursework should include any science, preferably a mix of environmental sciences or sustainability-related curricula, with some communications background (e.g. journalism, communications, or English);
  • Training and/or experience in MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook;
  • Experience compiling, organizing, and summarizing literature references;
  • Experience writing content for scientific reports and manuscripts; and
  • Experience developing graphics, tables and other products for scientific reports and manuscripts.


Desired Skills:

  • Experience as a member of a multi-person project team or with team leadership or organization (examples may include experiences in group projects or extracurricular teams or clubs);
  • Experience with MS Access and EndNote X7; and
  • Experience using open-source scripting languages and product development frameworks such as HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Electron.




  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, marine biology, zoology, chemistry, geography, social sciences, or a related field of study from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months and
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America or a Legal Permanent Resident.


EPA ORD employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program.


What the EPA project is about


Within ORD, the Center for Environmental Measurement & Modeling (CEMM) conducts research to advance EPA’s ability to measure and model contaminants in the environment, including research to provide fundamental methods and models needed to implement environmental statutes. The methods and models developed by CEMM are typically applied at the airshed, watershed and ecosystem level. Within CEMM, the Gulf Ecosystem Measurement and Modeling Division (GEMMD) provides leadership and specialized research in marine, estuarine, and watershed ecology and ecotoxicology to predict and assess the effects of human-generated stressors on the unique aquatic resources of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico & the Nation. GEMMD develops tools and the scientific basis that help facilitate sustainable environmental management decisions that maximize economic, ecosystem, social outcomes, and resiliency.


This is an excellent opportunity for a recent bachelor’s graduate to collaborate with EPA’s research team. Research experience includes:

  • Assisting with the application and development of decision support tools and methods for environmental management);
  • Supporting principal investigator with project management activities;
  • Participating as a member of a multi-disciplinary research team; and
  • Networking and exploring many career paths at EPA.



Interested in this research opportunity? If so, follow the link below to apply. Questions? Email