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Research Technician

Phinizy Center for Water Sciences

Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Augusta, Georgia
Job Description:

HOURS: 40 hours per week

REPORTS TO: Research Manager

COMPENSATION: $35,000 - $45,000 per year per year (dependent on experience)




• Plans and executes field-based research independently following standardized procedures

• Experienced in troubleshooting and calibrating field equipment including water monitoring sondes and data loggers

• Safely operates vehicles including a truck, truck with trailer, and boat; this position involves driving a truck and backing a trailer down boat ramps

• Assists in completion of project deliverables, including data entry, QA/QC checks, report writing, and analysis with limited supervision

• Assists with laboratory duties, including filter preparation, lab dishes, TSS analysis, and maintaining general order and cleanliness; adheres to best laboratory management practices and compliance

• Communicates with stakeholders for project needs and results

• Presents research to the public in the form of presentations, tours, etc.

• Mentor interns to teach proper fieldwork techniques and safety

• Assist as needed in fulfilling the Phinizy Center mission, which includes representation at events and working agreeably within the organization, which includes K-12 and adult environmental education programs and nature park activities.

• Performs other duties as instructed


• Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field, or 2 years related experience


Working Conditions and Physical Demands:


The employee must meet these requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation, to succeed in this position.

• Work under physically demanding conditions in inclement weather and difficult terrain

• Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs, and climbing ladders

• An appreciation for and understanding of natural habitats and systems and comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions


Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

• Basic mechanical skills and troubleshooting knowledge strongly preferred

• Proficiency in use of trucks, trailers, and boats

• Experience and interest in macroinvertebrate identification, preferred

• Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment

• Positive, flexible, team-oriented attitude, with the willingness and desire to work as a part of a multi-disciplinary team

• Strong work ethic, professionalism, and integrity

• Proficiency in OneDrive and MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

• Proficiency in or ability to learn R coding software


License(s) or Special Requirements:

• Possess a valid state driver’s license

• Ability to pass a background check

• Possess, or will attain Georgia Boater Education Certification, within 6 months of employment


How to Apply:

TO APPLY: Send Cover Letter, Resume, and the contact information for three references to:


Applications are accepted until May 3, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately until position is filled

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