Research Technician III

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting NumberS03734PWorking TitleResearch Technician IIIDepartmentCAES HorticultureAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/DepartmentCollege/Unit/Department websitePosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

Monday to Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Some after hours and weekends as necessary.

Advertised Salary$28,900Posting Date08/12/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date09/08/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitleAgriculture/Forestry Technical/Paraprofessional/ProfessionalPay GradeFLSAJob FamilyFTE1.0Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred QualificationsPosition Summary

This position is a limited term (2 years of funding) full time, with the opportunity to extend the position if funding is available in support of industrial hemp and organic vegetable research in Georgia. The successful candidate will coordinate research station and on-farm research projects and work directly with research/extension scientists, county agents and producers to manage a range of projects. Projects will include germplasm evaluation and phenotyping of industrial hemp as well as field and greenhouse trials with the goal of developing production recommendations for industrial hemp in Georgia. The individual will be responsible for field and laboratory work that may include isolation, identification and quantification of secondary metabolites in industrial hemp. In addition, the individual will be responsible for assisting with field trials related to organic vegetable production in the field and high tunnel environments. This will include strategies to improve weed management, fertilizer use, and variety selection for organic vegetable growers. The candidate will be expected to assist graduate students with research as well as assist with activities related to undergraduate instruction (setting up labs, helping with field trips, etc.) The individual will be responsible for working with technical staff in the department of horticulture and with student workers to manage on-farm and on-station projects. The incumbent will work with county faculty in effectively conducting on-farm field trials, implementing and maintaining programs, and collecting and analyzing data obtained from field trials. The incumbent may travel when necessary.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Work experience in horticulture, or related areas. A valid driver’s license, as well as a pesticide applicators license or the ability to obtain one. This position is expected to be mixed between the field and laboratory, therefore the incumbent will work in adverse weather conditions, lift at least 50 lbs and preferred that they can operate farm equipment used in vegetable production. The incumbent will be expected to collect and enter data as well. Good verbal and written communication skills.

Physical Demands

Lift a minimum of 50 lbs and will be expected to work outside in inclement weather conditions. The candidate will be expected to work outside during hot (summer) weather.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? YesIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? YesDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Field work/greenhouse work and plot maintenance.

Percentage of time45 Duties/Responsibilities


Laboratory work (sample analysis, etc).

Percentage of time25 Duties/Responsibilities


Data Collection/interpretation.

Percentage of time10 Duties/Responsibilities


Supervising undergraduate workers.

Percentage of time8 Duties/Responsibilities


Travel to on farm sites throughout Georgia.

Percentage of time7 Duties/Responsibilities


Other duties as assigned.

Percentage of time5Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess a valid driver's license?
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    • No
    • Yes
Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents




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    Posted: 8/15/2019
    Application Due: 10/17/2019
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