Postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water in Washington, DC

postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water in Washington, DC. The internship will be served Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (OWOW).

The participant will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through analysis and research with the Gulf Hypoxia Team, the Hypoxia Task Force and SERA-46 (a committee of research and extension specialists at land grant universities) in the Watershed Restoration, Assessment and Protection Division. The research and analysis experience will focus on quantifying nutrient pollution and hypoxia reduction efforts in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico (nutrient reduction quantification, social indicators, agricultural community partnerships).

The participant may enhance his/her educational background by being involved in and exploring:

  • Agricultural science, monitoring and modeling efforts that can help strengthen efforts to reduce nutrients in the Mississippi River Basin.
  • Environmental and policy issues related to reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi River Basin.
  • The translation of complex information to decision-makers and using technical information and analysis to inform policy.
  • Developing and using quantification tools and other indicators of progress.
  • Developing and forming partnerships with a wide variety of partners and stakeholders working toward similar goals.

Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Positions

The Ledón-Rettig lab investigates the causes and consequences of phenotypic plasticity using insects and amphibians as models. We are currently seeking one or two research assistants whose primary responsibilities will be maintaining a colony of desert frogs, although other research activities will additionally be required. Frog colony maintenance includes cleaning frog habitats and feeding frogs (handling crickets). Research activities include setting up frog breedings and tadpole microcosms, as well as feeding and measuring tadpoles (e.g., behavioral, morphological, and endocrine measures). There is the potential for developing independent research projects in addition to performing regular duties.

Applicants must be comfortable with computers (e.g., Microsoft Excel) as well as handling frogs and insects. Good organizational skills and attention to detail are essential. This is a relatively active position; applicants must be able to stand for extended periods and lift a 25-lb bag of sand. Pay is $10.50/hour and the workload is 10-15 hours/week. Availability during the summer and academic year is required. The ability to join the lab for several years is preferred, especially for those candidates interested in pursuing a research project. Please contact Cris Ledón-Rettig for questions regarding the position (​