Petrochemical Accident Researcher

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Louisiana Bucket Brigade
4226 Canal St
New Orleans, LA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 3 Part-time, Unpaid

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The Louisiana Bucket Brigade (LABB) an environmental health and justice organization, is looking for potential interns with excellent research skills, and an eye for detail to conduct research for our Refinery Efficiency Initiative, a program aimed at preventing accidents at Louisiana’s oil refineries and empowering communities living near these facilities. This initiative has produced the first comprehensive database of the state’s oil refinery accidents and is used by communities affected by petrochemical pollution all over the state to inform them on the environmental quality in their communities and to empower them with knowledge to take action against industrial pollution.

The Petrochemical Accident Research Intern will abstract oil refinery accident reports submitted to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and enter them into LABB’s online database. Duties may also include assisting with data analysis for reports, presentations, community meetings and media releases, developing ways to present data to the public and database maintenance tasks.

Great experience for those interested in environmental studies, law, public health, disaster preparedness, science and engineering. Put data into action!


The Petrochemical Accident Research Intern will assist in researching and analyzing data for projects and publications. Not only will the PAR intern assist the Refinery Efficiency Initiative team with our annual refinery accident report; they will submit a final project as well. Final projects will be outlined based on the individual’s field of study, interests, and LABB research goals. Previous projects include community presentations on petrochemical pollution and health effects among children, another focused on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster known as the BP spill, and other projects have examined drinking water quality concerns and the divestment movement in regards to global warming.


Excellent research skills, attention to detail, ability to follow a research protocol, basic computer skills. If possible, please provide own laptop to work on at LABB office.

This position requires a minimum commitment of 12 weeks for 10 hours per week. This position is unpaid, but may be used for volunteer credit, independent research course credit or a culminating experience.

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