Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fellowship at EPA Office of Sustainabile Communities

Potentially of interest to some recent law grads or friends of recent law grads...

Research Project Description

Research Participation Program
Office of Sustainable Communities
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

Project Summary:

A postgraduate research training fellowship is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC) in Washington, DC. A major focus of this appointment will be supporting OSC through the development of new geospatial data, methodologies, and tools for analyzing the environmental outcomes of land use decisions and scenarios. This work will build the capacity of local, state, and federal governments for measuring the actual and anticipated benefits of pursuing smart growth strategies.

About EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities:

OSC works with federal agencies, including other parts of EPA, and state governments to develop policies, regulations, standards, guidelines, spending priorities, and provide technical assistance to programs and initiatives that help communities become stronger, healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable through smarter growth and green building. OSC works across EPA offices to develop EPA regulatory policy which can improve environmental quality by creating incentives and encouraging better economic development, land use, and building design/management approaches such as brownfields redevelopment, transit-oriented development, infill development, and energy and water efficient buildings. For more information go to


The research participant could be involved in one or more of the following activities.

  • Reviewing and synthesizing research literature on the relationships between land use, transportation, environmental impacts, and fiscal outcomes – particularly with regards to its policy relevance and practical applications.
  • Statistical and quantitative analysis of large geospatial datasets such as census, travel surveys, transit ridership, real estate, land use, and land cover.
  • Assisting with the management of complex research studies, performance measurement, and mapping tool development activities.
  • Using quantitative and geospatial analysis to evaluate the environmental, economic, and social outcomes of alternative land use scenarios.
  • Communicating the results of research and analysis through reports, maps, visualizations, and information design.
  • Pursuing and cultivating partnerships with other EPA offices, federal agencies, state and local governments, foundations, and nonprofits.
  • Presentation of research and analysis results at conferences and to audiences of varied backgrounds.

For an example of OSC’s data and tool development work see The candidate will also have opportunities to meet with senior staff and managers within the Office in programmatic and/or informal, career-oriented discussions.


Applicants must have received a master’s or Ph.D. degree in geography, planning, environmental science, ecology, engineering, statistics, natural resources, environmental economics, or a related field within five years of the desired starting date, or have completed all degree requirements prior to the start date. The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed for up to three additional years upon recommendation of EPA and subject to availability of funds. Participant will receive a monthly stipend up to $XX,XXX per year. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

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 can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate).


Adhir Kackar, Acting Director of Operations, OSC,,


How to Apply:

The Research Participation Program for EPA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. For additional information and application materials contact: Research Participation Program/ORD-EPA, Attn: Betty Bowling, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, P.O. Box 117, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-0117, Phone: (865) 576-8503 FAX: (865) 241-5219

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