Research Technician

Phinizy Center for Water Sciences

Augusta, Georgia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $35,000-$45,000
Deadline May 03, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

POSITION CLASSIFICAITON Exempt - Salaried                                    

HOURS: 40 hours per week

REPORTS TO:  Research Manager

COMPENSATION: $35,000 - $45,000 per year per year (dependent on experience)


  • Plans and executes field-based research independently following standardized procedures
  • Experienced in troubleshooting and calibrating field equipment including water monitoring sondes and data loggers
  • Safely operates vehicles including a truck, truck with trailer, and boat; this position involves driving a truck and backing a trailer down boat ramps
  • Assists in completion of project deliverables, including data entry, QA/QC checks, report writing, and analysis with limited supervision
  • Assists with laboratory duties, including filter preparation, lab dishes, TSS analysis, and maintaining general order and cleanliness; adheres to best laboratory management practices and compliance
  • Communicates with stakeholders for project needs and results
  • Presents research to the public in the form of presentations, tours, etc.
  • Mentor interns to teach proper fieldwork techniques and safety
  • Assist as needed in fulfilling the Phinizy Center mission, which includes representation at events and working agreeably within the organization, which includes K-12 and adult environmental education programs and nature park activities.
  • Performs other duties as instructed


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field, or 2 years related experience

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:  

The employee must meet these requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation, to succeed in this position. 

  • Work under physically demanding conditions in inclement weather and difficult terrain
  • Ability to perform manual labor including, lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs, and climbing ladders
  • An appreciation for and understanding of natural habitats and systems and comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Basic mechanical skills and troubleshooting knowledge strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in use of trucks, trailers, and boats
  • Experience and interest in macroinvertebrate identification, preferred
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Positive, flexible, team-oriented attitude, with the willingness and desire to work as a part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Strong work ethic, professionalism, and integrity
  • Proficiency in OneDrive and MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Proficiency in or ability to learn R coding software

License(s) or Special Requirements:

  • Possess a valid state driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Possess, or will attain Georgia Boater Education Certification, within 6 months of employment

TO APPLY: Send Cover Letter, Resume, and the contact information for three references to: rachael.gonzalez@phinizycenter.org     

Applications are accepted until May 3, 2024. Review of applications will begin immediately until position is filled.                               

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Ecology , Hydrology