Student contractor opportunity to support ecological modeling and ecosystem services research at EPA

Student contractor opportunity to support ecological modeling and ecosystem services research at EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting applications for one or two student contractors to support research on the characterization of ecological and environmental models that may be used to estimate the production of ecosystem services. The student contractor(s) shall assist with reviewing a wide variety of ecological models described in scientific journal articles, extracting and entering information on those models into a database. The student contractor(s) will have the opportunity to become familiar with many kinds of ecological models, ranging from purely statistical to highly mechanistic models, static to dynamic models, single point to spatially-explicit landscape models, and single organism-based to biogeochemistry-based to ecosystem-based models.

This research is being conducted as part of EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program (SHCRP), in the Western Ecology Division (WED), National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), Office of Research and Development (ORD) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The duty station for this work shall be the WED Pacific Coastal Ecology Branch laboratory in Newport, OR.

This solicitation is being issued pursuant to the personal services contracting authority granted by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriation Resolution for 2003 (P.L. 108-7). A firm-fixed-price purchase order will be issued to one (1) or two (2) successful students who are at least 18 years of age, and have completed a Masters degree in ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, environmental or ecological economics, or a related field of study. The base period of performance for this purchase order is for a period of twelve months with an option to extend the contract for an additional (2) two (12) twelve month periods.

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