Science Careers at EPA
Want to help protect your environment? Improve the health of all Americans? From geology to mechanical engineering, from biology to chemistry, EPA is looking for scientists, technologists and engineers to perform cutting-edge research in a dynamic learning environment -- research that can help make this a cleaner, more sustainable planet.
On this page:
- Science at EPA
- EPA scientists at work
- Career opportunities: overview
- Post-doc opportunities
- College students / recent graduates
- Summer opportunities
For 50 years our researchers have provided the strong, scientific foundation that supports everything we do to meet its mission to protect human health and the environment. From the start, EPA researchers and partners have provided the data, knowledge, and tools needed to tackle the most pressing environmental and related health challenges the nation has faced.
EPA Science at 50: Progress for a Stronger Future
History of EPA Research
More about the Work of EPA Researchers
EPA Researchers' Recent Awards
Arthur S. Flemming Award
The Flemming Award was created in order to single out and celebrate the achievements of unique federal employees, usually in the early part of their careers, who went beyond what was expected to make a major impact in society. Throughout his life, Dr. Arthur Flemming championed social equity through his roles within government and through service to his community. This award recognizes strong performers who bridge disparate missions and drive towards a single goal of public service.
Ana Rappold, Ph. D. was recognized in 2019 for her groundbreaking method for real-time communication and data collection about smoke and health during wildfire events through the Smoke Sense Project, a smartphone app that provides participants vital information about wildfire smoke and health when and where they need it.
- Meet EPA Scientist Ana Rappold, Ph.D.
- Smoke Sense Study: A Citizen Science Project Using a Mobile App
- GW Recognizes Federal Workers for Exceptional Contributions to Public Service Exit
Rebecca Dodder, Ph.D. was recognized in 2018 for her research on environmental and health impacts of energy use.
- Meet EPA Senior Physical Scientist Dr. Rebecca Dodder
Jeffrey Szabo, Ph.D. was recognized in 2017 for his exceptional contributions to water infrastructure decontamination. Under Dr. Szabo’s direction the Water Security Test Bed was designed and built at the Idaho National Laboratory.
- Meet EPA Scientist Jeff Szabo, Ph.D.
- Dr. Jeffrey Szabo received a 2017 Arthur S. Flemming Award for his exceptional contributions to water infrastructure decontamination.
Distinguished Presidential Rank Award
The Distinguished Rank designations are the highest civilian career leadership awards given to federal senior career employees with a sustained record of exceptional professional, technical, or scientific achievement recognized on a national or international level. Gerald Ankley, Ph.D. was a Distinguished Rank recipient for the Presidential Rank Awards in 2017. His career accomplishments include developing toxicity test methodologies for contaminated sediments, and leading national and international efforts to develop screening and testing methods for endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology. Two EPA researchers received PECASE recognition in 2019.
Carlie LaLone, Ph. D. was recognized for her work developing a highly innovative method and a web-based application called Sequence Alignment to Predict Across Species Susceptibility (SeqAPASS). Jon Sobus, Ph.D. was recognized in for his development of cutting-edge methods for collecting environmental and biological samples, evaluating the chemical content of these samples using higher-throughput laboratory techniques, and integrating chemical measurement data with advanced computational tools to rapidly assess potential risks to humans and other species.
Researcher at Work profiles of other PECASE awardees:
2016 Rebecca Dodder, PhD. See profile in the Arthur S. Flemming Award section above.
Paul A. Volcker Career Achievement Award
The Partnership for Public Service named its Service to America Career Achievement Medal for Paul A. Volcker in recognition of his nearly three decades of distinguished federal service. The award recognizes federal employees who have led significant and sustained achievements during 20 or more years of service in government.
William Boyes Ph.D. was named an award finalist for his career achievements in 2019. For over 35 years, Dr. Boyes has provided leadership on topics including neurotoxicity and engineered nanomaterials.
- Meet EPA Scientist William (Will) K. Boyes, Ph.D.
- EPA Researcher Honored As Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Finalist
- William K. Boyes, Ph.D.: 2019 Finalist Paul A Volcker Career Achievement Exit
Homer N. Calver Award
The American Public Health Association's Homer N. Calver Award recognizes an environmental health expert, usually of national renown, who has contributed significantly to the field. Wayne Cascio, M.D. was recognized in 2018 for the impact his work at EPA has had to build federal and stakeholder partnerships to communicate environmental health risk to a wide range of audiences.
- Meet EPA Lab Director Wayne Cascio, M.D.
- Winning Over the Heart: EPA’s Dr. Wayne Cascio Recognized for Research, Outreach, and Collaboration for Investigating Links between Air Pollution and Heart Disease
Society of Toxicology (SOT) Best Postdoctoral Publication Award
Samantha Snow, Ph.D. received SOT's Best Postdoctoral Publication Award in 2019. Dr. Snow studies the adverse health effects of air pollution and ways to mitigate these effects.
All science jobs at EPA are listed on USAJobs.gov. Job categories/occupational series include Environmental Health Scientist, Biologist, Ecologist, Environmental Engineer, Fishery Biologist, Geologist, Physiologist, Microbiologist, Toxicologist, Physical Scientist and many more.
Hundreds of researchers have participated in EPA's post-doctoral program. 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.
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
- 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 Pathways for Students and Recent Grads
- All summer jobs are listed on our EPA Internships page.