Environmental Health Science Research Assistant

Nationwide Remote Office (US99)

To support ICF’s dynamic growth and expanding client base, we are seeking an Environmental Health Sciences Research Assistant to work in our Health Science Practice. This group of 140+ science professionals provide toxicology, hazard assessment, epidemiology, risk assessment, exposure assessment, environmental modeling, and related support that addresses the full spectrum of potentially hazardous agents, including chemicals and microbes. We specialize in identifying, quantifying, and documenting the effects of environmental pollutants, such as metals, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds, on human health and the environment.

The Environmental Health Science Research Assistant’s project work will support federal agencies (such as U.S. EPA and NIEHS), state agencies, and private sector clients in developing reports that assess the human health impacts of pollutants. Specific activities include qualitative literature review activities, support for scientific meetings, and project management. The Environmental Health Science Research Assistant will contribute to the development of innovative, accurate, timely, and high-quality products and services, typically working on multiple projects with all levels of staff; they have the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge, gain exposure to major projects, and interact with experts and clients in the field, while building content knowledge and consulting skills.

The position can be located remotely, although preference is for a candidate to be located in either Reston, VA, or Durham, NC.

As an Environmental Health Science Research Assistant, you will:

  • Lead tasks and projects to accomplish client goals and objectives.

  • Work on a diverse team that specializes in identifying and quantifying the effects of environmental pollutants, such as metals, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds, on human health and the environment. For example:

    • We support the Environmental Protection Agency’s Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA) in developing risk assessments, such as Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessments. We also provide fate and transport modeling, exposure modeling, and risk assessment support to EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards and Office of Water.

    • We also support the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the Division of Translational Toxicology (DTT) in conducting systematic reviews and developing reports.

  • Review scientific and peer-reviewed literature to research a broad variety of scientific topics in environmental risk assessment, synthesize findings, and communicate them through various formats and media (e.g., written reports, online websites, visualizations).

  • Conduct study data extraction using electronic systematic review procedures and tools.

  • Conduct data and statistical analysis involving Excel, Access, R, SAS, Python, SQL, VBA, and/or other software. 

  • Participate in and support scientific workshop activities including notetaking, developing workshop summary reports, and other event logistics.  

  • Follow and implement standardized QA/QC procedures on documents and reports.

As an Environmental Health Science Research Assistant, we would love for to have:

  • Exceptional research and scientific writing skills, including editing, using reference management software (e.g. EndNote), and proofreading skills.  

  • Strong qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and visualization skills. Experience with environmental science systematic reviews is a plus.

Basic Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Public Health, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, or other related subject.

A one page cover letter describing your ability to fulfil the job requirements and desired skills of the position is helpful but not required. If you prepare a cover letter, please combine with your resume into one file to upload with your application.

Please note: This position does not involve hands-on laboratory or field work.  

Working at ICF

ICF is a global advisory and technology services provider, but we’re not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge technology to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations.

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Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is:

$43,379.00 - $73,744.00

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Job Profile


United States


Equal opportunity employer Exposure to major projects Inclusive workplace Reasonable accommodations


Access Analysis Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Consulting Data analysis Data Collection Data Visualization Development Editing Engineering Environmental Engineering Environmental Modeling Environmental Science Epidemiology Excel Exposure Assessment Hazard Assessment Literature review Logistics Management Planning Policy Project Management Proofreading Public health Python QA QA/QC R Reports Research Risk Assessment Risk assessments SAS Scientific Writing SQL Statistical analysis Systematic review Technology Services Toxicology VBA Writing

  • Analysis
  • Assessment
  • Conduct data extraction and analysis
  • Developing
  • Development
  • Implement QA/QC procedures
  • Lead tasks and projects
  • Navigate change
  • Participate in scientific workshop activities
  • Project management
  • Research
  • Review scientific literature for risk assessment
  • Shape the future
  • Statistical analysis
  • Study data extraction
  • Work on diverse team for identifying effects of pollutants

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Bachelor’s degree in environmental science Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Education Engineering Environment Environmental Environmental Engineering Environmental Health Environmental Science Epidemiology Health Sciences Management Microbiology Planning Policy Project Management Public health Related subject Science Sciences Scientific


Preference for candidate in Reston, VA, or Durham, NC