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Planning and Budget Travel Support

Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Sep 24, 2023

Planning and Budget Travel Support
Job Locations

US-NC-Research Triangle Park



Full Time


The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full time Planning and Budget Travel Support position with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Research Triangle Park, NC.

The Office of Research and Development at the EPA supports high-quality research to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its environmental goals. Research is conducted in a broad range of environmental areas by scientists in EPA laboratories and at universities across the country.

What the EPA project is about

The Office of Resource Management (ORM) provides administrative and support services for all employees of EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD). The Planning and Budget Division (PBD), one of several divisions within ORM, is tasked with providing budget planning and execution services and travel preparation services, to ORD and in some cases the Agency.


As a team member, you will assist PBD staff in executing their duties by providing both administrative and technical support to arrange, manage, and review travel plans for ORD managers and staff. Specific duties will include: (1) preparing and processing travel authorizations and vouchers that comply with Federal travel regulations and meet the needs of the ORD traveler in the most cost effective way possible; (2) managing travel records in automated systems/databases to track the status of specific trips and report any issues for staff and management attention; (3) reviewing travel-related data to ensure accuracy and quality; (4) providing excellent customer service to ORD and EPA staff on all travel related tasks and assignments including timely follow-up with travelers; (5) assisting management and staff as needed during regular and ad-hoc meetings; (6) performing searches in the Federal Travel Regulations (FTR) to respond to questions; (7) assisting with responses to information requests; (8) maintaining records in accordance with Federal regulations; and (9) providing general administrative support (word processing, data collection/analysis, copying, mailing, scheduling).

The team member will perform duties, as requested, according to specifications and instructions provided by the mentor. All necessary instructions and training will be provided by the EPA mentor.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education

    Strong written and oral communication skills, organization, and computer skills;
  • A commanding knowledge of Microsoft products including Outlook, Teams, Excel, and Word; and
  • A willingness to learn federal practices to include, but not limited to, federal travel regulations, automated reporting software and/or systems and to apply analytical methods and techniques to assist program development.

This job will be located EPA's facility in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Salary: Selected applicant will become a temporary employee of ORAU and will receive an hourly wage of $23.37 for hours worked.

Hours: Full-time.

Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Expected start date: The position is full time and expected to begin October 2023. The selected applicant will become a temporary employee of ORAU working as a contractor to EPA. The contract renews each May through 2025.

For more information, contact EPANSSC@orau.org. Do not contact EPA directly.


  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least A bachelor's degree in public administration, business, computer science, communication, or other related area of study from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months and
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America or a Legal Permanent Resident.

EPA ORD employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program.

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