Careers and Internships
On this page:
- Career Opportunities
- High-Level Career Opportunities (Title 42)
- Post-Doc Opportunities
- Opportunities for College Students / Recent Graduates
- Summer Opportunities
EPA scientists work:
- in our labs and research centers around the nation. Many of our researchers work in our facilities in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (near Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill), which is home to multinational information technology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology corporations and many scientific research organizations.
- in our Office of Research and Development at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
- in our program offices located at our headquarters in Washington and in our regional offices.
Our scientists have backgrounds in fields like toxicology, biology, ecology, epidemiology, biostatistics and environmental engineering. Within these disciplines, they pursue areas of specialization related to the most current health and environmental needs, and often are involved in cutting-edge scientific issues related to highly visible environmental. Learn more about our research.
In one of our labs, for example, our scientists are currently working in:
- pharmacokinetic modeling,
- various specialties in toxicology such as mechanisms of reproductive, neurological, and cancer effects, and
- the emerging field of toxicogenomics.
The majority of EPA's scientists and engineers are hired under the competitive career appointment process. Starting grades depend on education and experience and typically range from GS-11 for scientists or engineers with masters degrees to GS-15 for those with PhDs.
EPA maintains a list of all current job openings nationwide and posts all available vacancies on USAJobs.gov, categorized under occupations in fields such as Environmental Health Sciences, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Fishery Biology, Geology, Microbiology, Toxicology, Physical Sciences and many more.
How to Search at USAJobs.gov for Science Jobs at EPA, and How to Get USAJobs.gov to Send You an Email Whenever a Science Job Vacancy is Posted
- Sign in to USAJobs.gov or create an account. Once you have done that...
- Go to USAJobs's Search Jobs page.
- Click on “Occupational Series or Job Category”, then in the “Search for Occupation” area, either
- type in an occupation that best matches your skills (for example, type "Wildlife Biology" or "Environmental", which will show you all occupations with that word in the title), or
- check all the boxes in the list of occupations that correspond to occupational series or job category for which you qualify (sort by category to make this task easier).
- Then click on "Department and Agency"
- Under “Choose Department”, select "Other Agencies and Independent Organizations"
- Under "Refine your agency choice", select "Environmental Protection Agency" then click the "Add" button
- If you want to further narrow your search at this point, select location, work schedule, etc.
- Click on the “Search Jobs” button at the bottom of the page.
- You will then see the current results of your search. To save the search, click on the “Save this Search” button. You will be taken back to the Search Jobs page. Scroll to the bottom and you will see the “Save this search” information:
- Name your search.
- Select how often you want to receive emails. Check "Daily" since many positions are open for two weeks or less.
- Then click on the “Save Search” button or “Save and View Results” button.
The Title 42 hiring authority as codified in the Code of Federal Regulations enables EPA to attract and retain internationally-known scientific experts who are world-class scientists, engineers and leaders within their specialized fields. Title 42 appointees collaborate with Agency science staff and programs. They assist at the highest levels to provide the research to support EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment.
No positions are currently available. When positions are available, there will be a link here to the file in USAJobs.gov describing the position and how to apply.
EPA has once again been named by The Scientist to the list of Best Places to Work for Post-docs. Learn more at Best Places to Work Postdocs 2013 (PDF).
EPA's Office of Research and Development sponsors a Post-Doctoral Research Program. Over 300 researchers have participated in the program since its inception. The program offers:
- appointments of up to four years,
- state-of-the-art facilities,
- world-class scientific expertise,
- throughout the United States,
- travel to professional scientific meetings, and
- active postdoctoral trainee organizations.
Participants receive full benefits and a salary commensurate with qualifications and locality pay adjustments. Learn more about the EPA Office of Research and Development Post-Doctoral Research Program.
Other post-doctoral opportunities at EPA:
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
- Association of Schools of Public Health/EPA Fellowship Program
- National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Fellowships
- Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Internships, Scholarships and Fellowship
Opportunities for College Students / Recent Graduates
- Student Services Contracting - EPA's Office of Research and Development offers a unique and exciting career opportunity for students and recent grads seeking scientific or administrative experience in any of our laboratories, research centers and offices located across the country.
- EPA fellowships
- EPA internships
- USAJobs Students and Recent Grads portal
EPA Summer Opportunities
- All summer jobs are listed on our EPA Internships page.