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Aquaculture Research Support at EPA

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

Salary: $24.31 per hour.

Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Required Skills:
  • Academic coursework will include science courses with laboratory component;
  • Field or lab experience in environmental, biological, ecological, or toxicological studies, specifically skill and experience in collecting, maintaining, and/or testing organisms (especially aquatic organisms) using measurement techniques associated with ecology, chemistry, toxicology, biology, genetics, and/or fisheries science;
  • Experience in laboratory record keeping, database management, data compilation, data analysis;
  • Strong written, oral, and electronic communication skills; and
  • Knowledge of basic safety requirements in the laboratory.

Desired Skills:
  • Experience within laboratory animal husbandry and aquaculture.

  •  Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a undergraduate (BS/BA) degree in biology/marine biology, ecology, fisheries, environmental science, and/or toxicology 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 Environmental Measurement and Modeling (CEMM) develops, evaluates, and applies measurements and models to characterize the sources, occurrence, transformation, transport and effects of pollutants and stressors in the natural environment. Within CEMM, the Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division (ACESD) is responsible for coastal watershed, freshwater, estuarine, and coastal ecological research. ACESD scientists develop and evaluate theory, methods, models, and data to better understand and quantify the cumulative effects of multiple anthropogenic stressors and extreme weather events on the coastal waters and watersheds of the Atlantic seaboard.

This is an excellent opportunity for a recent bachelor’s graduate to collaborate with EPA’s research team. Research experience includes:
  • Regular cleaning of tanks and other materials used in aquaculture;
  • Preparing and maintaining diet, including live invertebrate (Artemia) colonies used as a food supplement;
  • Daily conduct, maintenance, and observation of ongoing animal assays; and
  • Networking and exploring many career paths at EPA.
Interested in this research opportunity? If so, follow the link below to apply. Questions? Email