Collaborative Environmental Health & Energy Fellowship

Pittsburgh, PA

Organization: The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) and FracTracker Alliance

Type of opportunity: Fellowship


The Environmental Health Fellowship offers the successful candidate the opportunity to:

  • Become familiar with human health impacts of air, water, soil, noise, light and other community-based exposures from unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD);
  • Apply her/his expertise related to physical and mental health; toxicology; air, water, and/or soil contamination; and/or community impacts due to minimally-regulated industrial growth to questions FracTracker and EHP are currently addressing;
  • Acquire first-hand knowledge about these health impacts through interactions with residents and community-based organizations (CBOs) in southwest PA;
  • Observe and assist EHP and FracTracker staff and consultants in their efforts to inform policy making at the local or state level related to UOGD health impacts;
  • For FracTracker, translate quantitative and qualitative field research into information, maps, and digital storytelling content for;
  • For EHP, design and deliver a “give back” product or program to improve community protections against UOGD impacts. Examples of topics of current interest to EHP include UOGD’s physical and psychosocial impacts (including noise and vibration), linking EHP’s environmental measurement and health impact data for further analysis, and UOGD contamination linked to water, soil/food crops, and radioactive waste disposal; and
  • Prepare for future employment in CBO, academic, governmental employment or private sector environmental monitoring promoting the protection of residents’ health in UOGD areas.

Desired qualifications:

Ideal applicants should have completed their masters or PhD program by December 31, 2016, but students finishing their dissertations or theses will be considered.

Appropriate academic backgrounds:

  • Public Health (all majors)
  • Environmental Studies / Environmental Sciences
  • Social Work (community organizing/social administration)
  • Sociology / Anthropology (emphasis on environmental health)
  • Communications / Professional Writing

Start and end dates: Jan. 3 – June 30, 2017 (fellowship), and July 1 – August 31, 2017 (full-time)

Link to more information: See the full fellowship description

How to apply: Qualified applicants should email a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two references by September 30, 2016.

Submissions should be directed to both Jill Kriesky at, and Sam Rubright at

Application deadline: September 30, 2016