Amphibian Technician

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Amphibian Technician


Warnell AD Research

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.

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The temporary position (technician) will work 40 hours for up to 32 weeks.

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$11.00 per hour

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, 1-2 page resume, and a list of 2-4 references (including contact email and phone numbers). For each reference, please indicate the nature of your relationship. The cover letter should succinctly summarize your interests, relevant skills and experiences, and accomplishments. Please email all materials as a single PDF file with your last name as the first part of the file name. Email your application to Dr. John Maerz at [email protected] Review of applications will begin on November 27, 2020; therefore candidates seeking full consideration should apply by that date. Applications received after November 27th but before December 9th may be considered.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EOO 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]).


Performing field research

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Time data management

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Classification Title:

Temporary Technical Paraprofessional





Position Summary:

This technician will be catching and radio-tracking frogs and monitoring wetlands on southern pine savannas undergoing restoration and including reintroduction of captive reared amphibians. The individual will work under the direct supervision of Dr. John Maerz ( and Vanessa Terrell. The applicant will learn standard techniques for sampling amphibians, identifying species, and maintaining animal databases.

The work will also include working alone for some periods of time and confidence operating vehicles on sites with limited road management. Applicants should consider the physical demands of the work and their personal comfort working in challenging terrain and weather before applying.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

Some college-level coursework in ecology, wildlife biology, or a related field. Prior field experience is not a requirement but is desired.

Physical Demands:

Fieldwork will include significant time during days and nights in variable and sometimes challenging habitats with dense mid-story vegetation, biting insects, and potentially high humidity and temperatures.

Fieldwork includes driving and significant hiking, often at night, in thick vegetation and long periods of night work.

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Posted: 11/17/2020
Application Due: 1/16/2021
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