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The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a part-time contractor position; Part-Time Forest Ecology Research Support (20 hours/week) with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Corvallis, OR.
Salary: $16.71 per hour.
Travel: Some day travel may be required.
- Strong analytical and communication skills;
- Experience in Microsoft Excel; and
- Experience working as part of a collaborative team.
- Be at least 18 years of age and
- Have earned at least one year of college with a background in Forest Ecology, Biology, Statistics, Computer Science, or other scientific discipline 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
The Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA) provides the science needed to understand the complex interrelationship between people and nature in support of assessments and policy to protect human health and ecological integrity. Within CPHEA, the Pacific Ecology System Division (PESD) is responsible for research to assess the condition of freshwater, terrestrial, and estuarine ecosystems, and how environmental condition affects beneficial uses of those ecosystems.
As a part of EPA’s Air and Energy National Research Program, researchers are examining the potential impacts of climate change and climate-mediated forest disturbances (pests, pathogens, wildfire) on water quality and health of forested watersheds in the Pacific Northwest. Recent evidence indicates that forests throughout the west are sensitive to temperature and drought stress, making them more vulnerable to disturbance. With a predicted increase of pests, diseases, and fire frequency, understanding the interactions between climate and these disturbances is central to predicting climate change impacts to forest structure and functioning at local and regional scales. This research maintains a monitoring network of field sites in mature forest stands from the Coast Range to the west slopes of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon to measure and track climate change effects on forest growth and mortality. EPA scientists are collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and forest health specialists at Oregon State University to: (1) review the current scientific literature to describe the past and current patterns of forest disturbances (e.g., wildfires) and dynamics of forest conditions prior to land use changes including grazing, logging, and fire exclusion, (2) examine the role of climate change and forest disturbance agents on physiological processes, tree growth and mortality in forested watersheds; and (3) improve data and statistics for atmospheric and edaphic conditions, tree growth and mortality, and identify forested watersheds at risk from climate change. EPA wishes to incorporate knowledge gained from these research efforts to develop a conceptual basis from which risks to water resources can be assessed and provide stakeholders with the information to develop adaptive management actions for reducing these risks.
This is an excellent opportunity for a current college student to collaborate with EPA’s research team. Research experience includes:
- Developing and collecting field data;
- Interacting with a multidisciplinary 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 Elyse.Morrow@ORAU.org