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Student Contractor, estuarine water quality, habitat & shellfish research

Student contractor opportunity to support EPA research on effects of estuarine water quality and habitat extent on shellfish production

The US Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting applications for one or two student contractors to support research pertaining to quantifying the effects of estuarine water quality and habitat extent on shellfish production and related ecosystem services in Pacific Northwest estuaries. One goal of this research is to understand how nutrient over-enrichment and habitat loss might affect the production of shellfish (i.e., recreationally and commercially harvested crabs, bivalves, and burrowing shrimps), and to communicate that information to help stakeholders in coastal communities envision practices that will sustain the productivity of this valued ecosystem service. The work will primarily focus on statistical analysis of existing data sets from field studies conducted by EPA, and helping to write journal article manuscripts to report the findings of those studies. There also may be opportunities to participate in on-going or new field work.

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.

All application materials must be submitted on or before 4:30 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 via e-mail to Contracting Officer Eulvid Rocque at Full details of this solicitation and application requirements may be found at the links below. All email submissions must have “RFQ-DC-14-00014- Student Services Contract- Newport, OR” in the subject line.

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 estuarine, marine, wetland, or fisheries ecology or related field. 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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