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Environmental Document Compliance Internship

The Operations, Planning and Programming Division of the U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) is offering a post-bachelor's and post-master's internship opportunity at Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

What will I be doing?

Under the guidance of a mentor, you will engage in a community of scientists and researchers and experience project planning and management; strategic and scientific communications; environmental public participation requirements for National Environmental Policy Act and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; Rehabilitation Act Section 508 compliance; and Plain Language Act requirements.

As an ORISE participant, you will receive training and gain experience and familiarity with a variety of environmental disciplines through environmental document review and editing. You will have the opportunity to apply your environmental knowledge and understanding of engineering and scientific principles and grow your skills to help modify and create environmental reports that are understandable to a variety of audiences and comply with environmental and communication related laws and policies. Along the way, you will engage in activities and research in several areas, including collaborating with U.S. Army civilian environmental professionals at the U.S. Army Environmental Command and Army installations worldwide to improve environmental documents prior to public release.

Why should I apply?

You will have the opportunity to interact with environmental public affairs specialists, environmental support managers, biologists, geologists, entomologists, archeologists, environmental restoration managers, NEPA practitioners, as well as engineers.

Where will I be located? 

Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston, Texas

What is the anticipated appointment start date?

The USAEC is ready to make appointments immediately. Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidate. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and internships will be filled as qualified candidates are identified.

Appointment Length

This appointment is a 12-month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend to be determined by USAEC. Stipends are typically based on a participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DoD, or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.


The U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) story began in 1972 when the Army created the Program Manager for Demilitarization of Chemical Materiel to manage the day-to day operations of destroying the nation's stockpile of toxic chemical agents and munitions. Over the years our role has expanded to include many new responsibilities around the world. Through all the changes, our mission of ensuring maximum use of Army training lands through sound environmental practices and stewardship remains.

The U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) proudly delivers environmental services and solutions in support of the Army's Environmental Program, enabling Army readiness and sustainability. For more than 40 years, USAEC has provided the knowledge, tools, and programs that support ready and resilient Soldiers, installations, and commands by balancing military training with sound environmental practices. Elements of the program include environmental awareness, environmental analysis, environmental restoration, environmental compliance, and environmental protection.

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While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with DoD or any other agency, this opportunity will require a suitability investigation/background investigation. Any offer made is considered tentative pending favorable outcome of the investigation. Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at USAEC. OPM can complete a background investigation only for individuals, including non-US citizens, who have resided in the U.S. for the past three years.


The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor's or master's degree in one of the relevant fields listed below in disciplines. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Best candidates will be motivated individuals with strong environmental, organizational, communication, and research skills.

Preferred skills:

  • Ability to translate technical language into terminology understood by the general public
  • Ability to communicate well both orally and in writing
  • Ability to write, edit, and communicate complex environmental concepts to diverse audiences
  • Understanding of engineering and scientific principles
  • Strong organization skills with attention to detail and adherence to schedules
  • Experience collaborating with teams and work groups to arrive at solutions to complex problems
  • Experience with Microsoft products, such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Word, and Adobe Acrobat Pro

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM.
  • Overall GPA: 2.50