Temporary Technical/Paraprofessional - FEWL

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Temporary Technical/Paraprofessional - FEWL


CAES Ag & Environmental Svcs Lab

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 (http://www.uga.edu/). 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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Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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$10.25 hourly

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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]).


Analyze waters, wastes, and feed for various quality attributes and report the results meeting quality control requirements and turn-around time as directed by the FEWL supervisor and program coordinator. Work for setting-up new test procedures as required by FEWL clients and approved by the laboratory supervisor and coordinator.

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Work with the Quality Assurance Manager, Supervisor, Program Coordinator to complete various tasks for proficiency testing in relation to different certification programs and to ensure good quality results. Write standard operating procedures (SOP). Calibrate, repair, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment. Manage hazardous wastes generated in the labs.

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Supervise student and temporary lab helpers and best utilizes their time for the benefit of the program. Coordinate with FEWL supervisor on ordering lab supplies. Perform other miscellaneous tasks.

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Classification Title:

Temporary Technical Paraprofessional





Position Summary:

The Feed and Environmental Water Laboratory (FEWL) tests
1. Waters for bacteria and chemicals to determine suitability for use,
2. Waste waters for contaminants and nutrients to determine suitable land application rate or safe disposal, and
3. Feed and forage for nutritional values and harmful components.
The LBCLR position to be advertised for the feed, wastewater, microbiology and surface water quality sections, FEWL, will be performing the following tasks:
• Analyze waters for heterotrophic plate count, fecal coliform by multiple tube fermentation method, fecal coliform by membrane filtration method, total coliform/E. coli (by Idexx), Enterococcus by Idexx method, total residual chlorine, various solids (TS, TSS, TDS, TVS), various forms of phosphorous (TP, TRP, and DRP), alkalinity, conductivity, color, turbidity, chlorophylls and others.
• Analyze soils, other solids, and semi-solid samples for total coliform, fecal coliform, and E. coli.
• Perform all activities and prepare documentations for maintaining certified status of the water microbiology section with Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
• Set-up new tests for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) & Giardia in waters, Salmonella in eggs, and others as required by FEWL clients and approved by the laboratory supervisor and coordinator.
• Make total coliform/E. coli test kits and stock them in sufficient amount for the county extension offices and the clients in need.
• Analyze feed for salt, moisture, and ash.
• Assist in other analytical works of feed chemistry, feed NIR, and wastewater laboratory as deemed necessary and appropriate by the FEWL supervisor and program coordinator.
• Write new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and update existing SOPs as directed by the laboratory supervisor and coordinator.
• Accept samples from the clients, log them in and complete all necessary paperwork for maintaining sample custody.
• Report analytical results and maintains quality assurance and quality control records
• Supervise and train both student and temporary lab helpers in cooperation with laboratory supervisor.
• Manage hazardous wastes following the guidelines of environmental safety division.
• Maintain instruments, and keeps records of all analytical work and hazardous waste management.
• 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.

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

High School Diploma

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :

Knowledge of laboratory techniques and standard operating procedures. Skills in general chemistry tasks (reagent preparation, standard preparation, instrument calibration, titration, dilution). Skills to prepare specimens for analysis (drying, grinding, digestion, extraction, and distillation). Skills in math (calculate calibration curves, dilution factors, moisture corrections, and quality control statistics). Ability to use spread sheets and word processors. Skills to operate, maintain, and general repair of various laboratory instruments. Ability to work with other analysts.

Physical Demands:

Some lifting of approximately 40 lbs.
Standing in front of laboratory bench for several hours a day.

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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
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