Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program

The SEE program allows mature workers aged 55+ to share their skills and expertise with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SEE positions range from microbiologists, chemists, and research assistants—to technical writers, clerks, secretaries, and scientists. There are both full and part-time positions with benefits. SEE allows older adults to engage in meaningful work and supplement their income.

NCOA is one of six national aging organizations administering the SEE program through a cooperative agreement with the EPA.

Where are SEE sites located?

SEE enrollees work at EPA facilities throughout the U.S. Sites include:

  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Washington, DC
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Stennis Space Center, MS
  • Honolulu, HI

How do I know if I’m eligible for SEE?

To be eligible for the SEE program, you must:

  • Be age 55 or older
  • Have the needed skills and/or educational background to perform the required job duties

For certain positions, you may also be required to participate in an occupational medical monitoring examination which indicates that you’re medically qualified to perform the duties of the SEE assignment.

What kind of work will I perform and what is the salary scale?

SEE program positions range from microbiologist, chemists, scientists, research assistants–to technical writers, clerical and secretarial support. Positions are both full and part-time with benefits.

Your starting rate will be based on the level of skills required and the responsibilities involved in your assignment.

There are four assignment categories in the SEE program, each with its own pay scale. Starting rates for the four levels are:

  • Level 2: $8.78 per hour
  • Level 3: $10.30 per hour
  • Level 4: $12.72 per hour

Periodic pay increases are provided annually up to the maximum allowable in each of the four levels.

The SEE program is designed to provide supplementary income for older adults who have other sources of income. Pay rates are not comparable to EPA federal employees or to the prevailing rate in the private sector. As a result, the SEE program may not be the optimum employment option for everyone.

What are the benefits?

Enrollees in the NCOA SEE program are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Employer’s portion of FICA (Social Security)
  • Coverage under Worker’s Compensation
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vacation (3 weeks per year) and sick leave (2 weeks per year); pro-rated for part-time employees
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Comprehensive health insurance for all enrollees working at least 24 hours per week

Why should I consider enrolling in the SEE program?

The SEE program provides an opportunity to supplement your income while performing meaningful work. The program also will allow you to:

  • Re-enter the workforce and gain new experiences to move into a better-paying, more permanent position.
  • Remain active.
  • Gain satisfaction from helping an agency that is contributing to a better environment.
  • Participate in additional training opportunities to upgrade your skills.

Where can I get more information?

Please contact the NCOA SEE Program for more details.

National Council on Aging
Senior Environmental Employment Program
251 18th Street South
Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22202
Email: denise.camacho@ncoa.org

You also can visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Current openings

TECHNICAL/PARALEGAL

AGE 55+

The National Council on Aging has a position available at the U.S. EPA in Cincinnati, OH. This position will provide technical and paralegal support to the staff of the Office of General Counsel.

DUTIES: This person will perform secretarial/paralegal duties such as; file maintenance, record and log management, conduct legal research, prepare litigation files in response to protests and claims filed and in accordance with direction from the attorney. Additionally, they will prepare travel requests/authorizations as needed and review/distribute mail. Other duties include scheduling meetings, document preparation and general office administration for the staff.

REQUIRED: Age 55 + Associate Degree with paralegal training and 10 years’ experience or a combination of education and experience that is comparable to an Associate Degree. Proficient in computer programs, particularly need individual to be able to utilize features such as setting up indexes, sorting information, creating macros, utilizing footnotes, setting headers/footers, creating PowerPoint and/or other types of presentations. Proficiency with various legal research databases such as Lexis and WestLaw.etc. and the ability to conduct internet research as required. Part-time 16 hours per week, $10.30 per hour. E-Mail resume to: see.hr@ncoa.org

 

ENGINEER PERMITTING INSTRUCTOR
– Teleworking Opportunity – The candidate can be located anywhere in the continental US.

REQUIRED: Age 55 +

Engineering degree and have experience in enforcing or permitting CEMs, Boilers, CAM, Turbines and IC engines.
Ideal candidate must have a minimum of 15 years working at a Federal, State or Local Air Quality Agency
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has a position available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an Instructor for National Air Compliance Training to work part-time from home and to travel to training sites as needed. The position will conduct and develop training programs to enable Federal, State and Local air pollution control districts to perform EPA level 2 inspections of air pollution sources. The candidate can be located anywhere in the continental US.

DUTIES:
• Perform mock inspections as part of training courses;
• help develop and deliver NACT training courses;
• Analyze state specific rules and regulations as they relate to training materials;
• identify/assess pre and post course examination questions and conduct post course evaluations;
• attend meeting and training in support of these duties.

REQUIRED:
• Age 55 +,
• Engineering degree and have experience in enforcing or permitting CEMs,
• Boilers,
• CAM,
• Turbines and IC engines.
Ideal candidate must have a minimum of 15 years working at a Federal, State or Local Air Quality Agency, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills; Ability to travel at a minimum of one (1) week per month, multi-task, prioritizing and working independently is a plus. MS Word and Excel skills are highly desired. Position is part-time $18.18 per hour.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $18.16 /hour
Required education:
• Bachelor’s
Required experience:
• Federal, State or Local Air Quality Agency: 10 years