Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Field and Lab Technician in Fish Conservation and Ecology

University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Closing Date
May 19, 2021

The River Basin Center and the Wenger Lab at the University of Georgia are seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants for a temporary field, laboratory and office technician position. The technician will be involved with a variety of projects that focus on freshwater fish conservation and ecology in the Upper Coosa River basin as well as the potential for other aquatic ecology projects. The technician will interact with multiple principal investigators, research professionals, and graduate students.

Field work involves participating as a crew member conducting fish surveys in the upper Coosa Basin, installing and maintaining water quality sensors, collecting water samples and helping with other studies. Field research may require overnight travel for up to five days at a time (transportation is provided departing from UGA). Some work may be in remote locations under adverse conditions, and work is physically challenging; successful applicants must be reasonably fit. Laboratory research involves fish sorting and identification, aquatic invertebrate sorting and identification, water quality analyses, and other standard aquatic ecology techniques. Office research includes data entry, literature reviews, and online research. This position runs from approximately June 5 through approximately January 10, 2022. The exact dates can be negotiated.


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Ecology, Fisheries, or related field. A valid driver's license is required. Previous experience in various aquatic ecology field and lab methods (e.g., fish surveys, invertebrate sorting, water sample collection, weighing) is a plus. Applicants should have excellent problem solving, time management, organization and communications skills. Proficiency with software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, is required, and experience with R is preferred. We actively encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly those historically underrepresented to apply.

To Apply

To apply and for complete details go to ugajobsearch.com/postings/195767. The job posting number is G/R12393P. A resume/CV and cover letter are required. Applications submitted by May 21, 2021 will receive full consideration.

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