Written byTajha Chappellet-Lanier
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking developers passionate about IT modernization and solving agency tech challenges for a two year innovation fellowship.
According to the job listings, EPA is looking for one “user experience specialist” based in D.C. and two “digital service developers” who will be stationed at the National Center of Computational Toxicology in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The two year appointment term is extendable to up to four years.
“Positions focus on the modernization of EPA system, applications and data through agile development, user-centered design, modular practices and open innovation,” the program page reads. Desired skills for the candidate include DevOps, product management, user experience design and more.
Applications for the program were due Jan. 29, but EPA extended the deadline to Feb. 22.
This particular initiative appears to be new to the agency, but it is not EPA’s first brush with federal IT innovation forces. Past members of the Presidential Innovation Fellowship program, which partners with agencies to place fellows, have served at the EPA. The agency is not currently home to any PIFs, however.
In 2015 Greg Godbout, himself a former PIF and executive director of the General Services Administration’s 18F tech shop, launched EPA’s in-house digital services outfit as the agency’s CTO. Godbout then left the agency in 2016. According to the EPA website, Brenda Young is currently the acting director of the Office of Digital Services and Technical Architecture. It is unclear how, if at all, the incoming innovation fellows will interface with this existing “Center of Excellence for agile systems engineering and project management” at the agency.