Laboratory Technician I - Feed & Environmental Water Lab

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Laboratory Technician I - Feed & Environmental Water Lab


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 ( 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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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens 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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Laboratory Paraprofessional/Professional





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:

Experience with various water testing protocols.

Position Summary:

This position of laboratory technician in the Feed-Forage-Water/Wastewater/Animal-waste Lab will be performing the following tasks:
1. Analyze feed and forage samples, which includes
•Hay and Feed grinding
•Moisture determination
•Preparation of samples for NIR analysis
•Fiber analysis by ANKOM
•Lignin analysis
•Fat analysis by ANKOM
•Nitrate analysis by the salicylic acid method
•Gravimetric ASH determination
•Aflatoxin analysis by AflaTEST method, and

2. Analyze biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), total Kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN), ammonia and nitrate nitrogen, and other water quality attributes on wastewaters, surface waters, manures, litters, and other environmental samples.
3. Analyze animal-wastes for various plant nutrients and environmental contaminants.
4. Analyze alkalinity, conductivity, phosphorous, solids, chlorophyll in surface waters and drinking waters.
5. Analyze combustion total nitrogen on feeds and solid wastes.
6. Accept and log-in samples for analysis and complete all necessary paperwork for maintaining sample custody.
7. Prepare samples for analysis by drying, grinding, homogenizing, sub-sampling, replicating, or any other process necessary for the precise and accurate measurement of analytical parameters.
8. Report analytical results and maintains quality assurance and quality control records.
9. Supervise and train both student and temporary lab helpers in cooperation with the laboratory manager and program coordinator.
10. Manages hazardous wastes generated by the wastewater laboratory following the guidelines of the environmental safety division.
11. Maintain instruments, and keeps records of all analytical work and hazardous waste management.
12. 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.

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 the laboratory bench for several hours a day.
Handle laboratory chemicals and reagents.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


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.


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.

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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. Coordinates with FEWL supervisor on ordering lab supplies. Performs other miscellaneous tasks.

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Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 5/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time