LAB/RESEARCH TECHNICIAN I
Job Summary Incumbent will work with the Feed and Environmental Water Laboratory (FEWL) to test: 1. Waters for bacteria and chemicals to determine suitability for use 2. Waste waters for contaminants and nutrients to determine suitable land application rate for safe disposal, and 3. Feed and forage for nutritional values and harmful components. The Laboratory Technician I for waste water and surface water quality sections of FEWL analyzes: 1. Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), total kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN), ammonia and nitrate nitrogen, and other water quality attributes on waste waters, surface waters, manures, litters, and other environmental samples 2. Alkalinity, conductivity, phosphorous, solids, chlorophyll in surface waters and drinking waters 3. Combustion total nitrogen on feeds and solid wastes He or she also: Assists in analytical works of feed chemistry, feed NIR, and water microbiology laboratory as deemed necessary and appropriate by the FEWL supervisor and Program Coordinator. Accepts samples for analysis and completes all necessary paperwork for maintaining sample custody. Prepares samples for analysis by drying, grinding, homogenizing, sub-sampling, replicating, or any other process necessary for the precise and accurate measurement of analytical parameters. Reports analytical results and maintains quality assurance and quality control records. Supervises and trains both student and temporary lab helpers in cooperation with laboratory supervisor. Manages hazardous wastes generated by the waste water laboratory following the guidelines of environmental safety division. Maintains instruments, and keeps records of all analytical work and hazardous waste management. This employee will perform miscellaneous tasks including but not limited to glassware preparation, laboratory housekeeping, maintaining supply inventory, ordering supplies, or any other tasks necessary for the efficient operation of the FEWL. http://aesl.ces.uga.edu/ Minimum Qualifications Some college and no experience required. Area-specific certification may be required and training will be provided as appropriate (i.e. UGA HazMat training).