SEE: Senior Environmental Employment Program 

SEE Program Overview

The Senior Environmental Employment Program, also known as SEE, assists the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal, state, and local agencies in meeting their environmental mandates by using the talents and experience of workers 55 years of age and older.

In the 1970’s, farsighted EPA staff recognized that experienced workers aged 55 and over were extremely underrated. As a result, the EPA created the concept of what was to become a national showcase for the skills of mid-career and older professionals who are now acknowledged as major players in a rapidly aging society.

Enrollees increase their technical skills, access new training opportunities, and take on meaningful tasks to contribute to the environment and to their own financial well-being.  The SEE program links federal, state, and local agencies with professionals 55 and over in administrative and support positions that range from clerical to scientific and field positions.

NAPCA matches seasoned professionals with government agencies nationwide from three field offices, located in Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Illinois; and Seattle, Washington.

Project Sites

Enrollee Testimonials

Some of the most important things in life aren’t things we possess, but the legacy we have created, knowingly or unknowingly, during our lifetime. This program definitely has great potential for each enrollee to leave a legacy in our work place, in our society, and above all in our immediate and extended family.

J.C.SEE Enrollee

Because of the NAPCA SEE program, I have had the opportunity to not only learn about a new industry, but it has enabled me to bring my expertise in program management to the Department of Ecology.

C.R.SEE Enrollee

It is an unbelievable opportunity at my age that the NAPCA SEE Program allows me to learn the latest software technology and to work with many younger EPA analysts who are friendly and willing to help. However, the most important point is that the NAPCA SEE Program allows me to make some small and limited contribution in the control and prevention of toxic air pollution against human health. I am proud of my achievement!

C.L.SEE Enrollee

The NAPCA SEE program made dramatic changes to my life, not only from the work point of view, but it also enriched my daily routines and lifted up my spirit at this third stage, or silver time, of life when you owe yourself a story and a party!

L.W.SEE Enrollee

I really appreciate working with EPA staff who value and respect the assets of older workers, who embody a “work with me” approach, and who include and collaborate with all professionals and competencies, regardless of imposed “top down” organizational structures.

M.L.SEE Enrollee

Joining The Program

Eligibility Qualifications

The candidate must meet the specific skills of a particular SEE position (as is the case when looking for any job). They must be at least 55 years of age and legally able to work in the United States.

SEE Enrollee Levels

Level 1 – Non-Typing (messenger, receptionist, and filing clerk)

Level 2 – Typing (clerk/typist, secretary, administrative assistant)

Level 3 – Technical, Non-Degree (writer-editor, technical writer or researcher)

Level 4 – Individuals with Degrees (engineer, scientist)

Enrollee Benefits

Benefits include:

  • 10 paid holidays (following the federal holiday schedule)
  • 1 additional holiday per year, determined by the National Sponsor
  • Vacation
  • Sick leave
  • Health insurance (for those who work 30 hours or more each week)

SEE Program Opportunities

Administrative Assistant (Level 2) Superfund Division
Chicago, IL
Administrative Assistant (Level 2) Land & Chemicals Division
Chicago, IL
Data Coordinator Administrative Assistant (Level 3)
Chicago, IL
Hotline Assistant (Level 3)
Chicago, IL
Oil Program Engineer/Scientist (Level 4)
Chicago, IL
Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Technician (Level 4)
Chicago, IL
Enforcement Services Coordinator (Level 4)
Chicago, IL
Logistical Support Assistant (Level 3)
Corvallis, OR
Scientist (Level 4)
Research Triangle Park, NC
Technical Laboratory Researcher (Level 4)
Research Triangle Park, NC
ECL-Secretary (Level 3)
Seattle, WA
Information Management Specialist - OWW Division
Seattle, WA
FOIA Staff (Level 4)
Washington, D.C.