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Amphibian Husbandry Technician

Company: The University of Georgia
Location: Athens
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

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Amphibian Husbandry Technician



About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the states oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The Universitys 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 7,700 full-time staff. The Universitys enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 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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Additional Schedule Information

Up to 20 hours per week for 17 weeks between February 2022 and May 2022. When traveling is required, lodging will be covered, and a fleet vehicle will be provided. Students are encouraged to apply but should consider their availability and flexibility relative to their class schedule.

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Open Until Filled


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 summarize your interests and experiences, and should address why this opportunity is relevant to your future career goals. 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 Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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 (


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Position Details

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Temporary Technical Paraprofessional



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Minimum Qualifications

Position Summary

The Maerz Lab ( at the University of Georgia is hiring a part-time technician to focus on animal husbandry of gopher frogs and striped newts. The technician will be based in Athens, Georgia and will mainly work from a field lab located within Whitehall Forest. Project details, compensation, information, and procedures are provided below. The southeastern United States is a region of high amphibian diversity and undergoing significant changes in climate, residential and agricultural development, and altered disturbance regimes. The southeastern pine-savanna ecosystems contain a high diversity of amphibian species including many threatened and imperiled species such as gopher frogs and striped newts. As a lab we are currently studying how captive-rearing and release can augment populations of gopher frogs and we are studying the life-history of striped newts. Duties will include regular checks of captive animals, routine cleaning of housing, feedings, and recording data. Work may also include tidying lab workspaces and travel to field sites (up to 3.5 hrs from Athens, GA) to collect or release animals, and checking on animals housed in in situ field enclosures. The individual will work under the direct supervision of Dr. John Maerz ( and Vanessa Terrell, and will work closely with graduate students in the lab. The technician will receive an hourly rate of $12 per hour for up to 20 hours per week for 17 weeks between February 2022 and May 2022. When traveling is needed, lodging will be covered, and a fleet vehicle will be provided. Students are encouraged to apply but should consider their availability and flexibility relative to their class schedule.

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

Preferred applicants have some college-level coursework in ecology, wildlife biology, or a related field. Prior experience is not a requirement.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Physical Demands

Lab work will include lifting heavy carboys of water, and lifting and lowering aquariums and outdoor tanks.
Trips to the field may include hot and humid weather conditions, as well as exposure to mosquitos and ticks.
When traveling is needed, lodging will be covered, and a fleet vehicle will be provided.

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Contact Information

Contact Details

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below. For assistance with your application or login, please email

Recruitment Contact Name

Vanessa Terrell

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Keywords: The University of Georgia, Athens , Amphibian Husbandry Technician, Engineering , Athens, Georgia

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