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VPR-Marine Institute

About 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/Department:

The UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island (UGAMI) is a world-renowned field destination that supports research and education in coastal ecosystems. The Marine Institute is located on Sapelo Island, GA, accessible only via ferry or boat.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Normally weekdays, 40 hours, but may require irregular hours with the possibility of accruing comp time during busy seasons of the year.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please be sure to include all required attachments.
Have your highest education listed, and any significant field experience, knowledge of water quality monitoring, GIS, drone piloting, and/or land surveying experience.

Note: This job requires working on Sapelo Island, GA, a barrier island accessible only by small boat or state-operated ferry. It is encouraged, but not required, to live on Sapelo.

Applications will be accepted until position filled, but for full consideration, apply by November 13, 2020.

Location of Vacancy:

Other South Georgia 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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Life Science Technician



Job Family:

Research And Lab



Minimum 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 Qualifications:

Prefer a Bachelor’s Degree and significant field experience, knowledge of water quality monitoring, and GIS work, including drone piloting and land surveying.

Position Summary:

This position is based at the UGA Marine Institute on Sapelo Island, GA. The selected individual will serve as a field technician for the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long Term Ecological Research Program ( and will work with other technicians.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Operate trucks and small boats safely and effectively.
Basic computer skills, including experience with email, word-processing, and spreadsheet programs.

Physical Demands:

The position will occasionally involve strenuous physical activity and irregular hours. Much of the work is done outdoors in hot, muddy, and buggy conditions.

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Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit 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.


Help implement all routine monitoring programs associated with the project, including:
- Monitoring land and invertebrate populations, water chemistry, sediment dynamics, and climate.
- Maintaining monitoring instruments.
- Computer data entry.
- Downloading and transmitting instrument data to GCE personnel.

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Assist in processing samples in laboratory.

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Operate a small boat (currently use 16’ and 22’ boats) to transport personnel and
equipment to field sites in estuaries and marshes on the Georgia Coast.

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Assist GCE Personnel with field research.
Attend annual GCE meetings.

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Posted: 10/28/2020
Application Due: 1/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time