Salamander Research Technician

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Salamander Research 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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To hire a technician to work remotely and various locations 40 hours a week.

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$11.00 per hour

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

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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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Temporary Technical Paraprofessional





Position Summary:

The Maerz Lab ( at the University of Georgia is hiring two salamander research technicians for a project focusing on the possible non-target effects of insecticides on salamander populations. Project details, compensation, and applicant requirements and procedures are provided below.

The Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) has decimated hemlock populations in the southern Appalachians. Hemlocks are an iconic tree species and create unique and important habitats within eastern North American forests. Insecticides are currently used to suppress Hemlock wooly adelgid outbreaks, and recent concern has developed within the forest management community about possible non-target impacts of insecticide use on animal populations including salamanders (Crayton et al. 2020). The Southern Appalachian Mountains are a global hotspot for salamander diversity, and salamanders comprise the most abundant vertebrates in many forest and stream ecosystems. For this project, technicians will survey terrestrial and aquatic salamander populations in forests treated with Imidacloprid and reference forests. The individuals will work under the direct supervision of PI Dr. John Maerz ( and Vanessa Terrell and in collaboration with PI Dr. Elizabeth McCarty ( The applicant will learn standard field techniques for sampling salamanders to estimate abundance and survival, tissue collection techniques, techniques for quantifying invertebrate composition and abundance, and data management practices.

The nature of this work will be remote and field based. Researchers will be moving among field sites in the Chattahoochee and Nantahala National Forests including within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, and the Cohutta Wilderness Area. Researchers will camp for extended periods including some backcountry camping that involves carrying a heavy backpack. Fieldwork will require significant time during days and nights in variable and sometimes challenging habitats with dense mid-story vegetation, steep terrain, in rocky streams, and working during rainy conditions. Confidence operating vehicles on sites with limited road management is needed. Applicants should consider the nature and physical demands of the work and their personal comfort working and camping in challenging terrain and weather before applying.

The technician will receive an hourly rate of $11 for 40 hours per week for up to 10 weeks between May 2021 and July 2021. All lodging costs will be covered during the two core periods of field work (8-9 weeks). During those periods of fieldwork, lodging will include camping at campgrounds or campsites near field sites. Campground facilities usually include access to bathrooms, showers, and cellular or WIFI service, but other campsites and backcountry sites will have no amenities. There may be occasional opportunities to stay at field stations or private accommodations depending on availability and COVID restrictions. All lodging costs associated with campsites or other facilities will be covered while doing fieldwork. Applicants are encouraged to have their own camping gear, but the use of backpacks, tents, and other supplies can be arranged if needed. Because of the nature of the project, there will be intermittent days off and an extended break from the field between cycles of site visits. During intermittent days off, technicians will be able to remain at prepaid campsites or they can travel to other locations at their own discretion and expense. Campsite or lodging costs will not be provided during the anticipated extended break. Technicians that do not or cannot travel home during the extended break are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements during that period. We will work with the technicians to ensure adequate housing access if the individuals elect not to travel during those breaks. The technician is responsible for their own meals. Fleet vehicles are available for travel around study sites for research purposes and can be used for travel to have meals or get supplies and groceries. Individuals wishing to travel around the region on their personal time should use their own vehicle or arrange independent transportation. Specific details and logistics will be discussed with applicants as part of the review process.

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

Applicants should 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 involve significant hiking, during the day and at night, in thick vegetation and in steep terrain, and will occasionally involve carrying a heavy large pack. Conditions including weather may vary and are likely to include working in rain and around biting insects. Therefore, applicants should be confident in field conditions should consider the physical demands of the work. Driving.

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Posted: 2/16/2021
Application Due: 5/17/2021
Work Type: Full Time