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Lab Coordinator - Ecological Protection Lab

Job Category: Staff

Location: Dahlonega, GA

Department: Physics / Biology

General Summary:

The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for a Lab Coordinator at the Dahlonega campus. The Lab Coordinator will be responsible for the operational activities of the Ecological Protection Lab, formerly the Predatory Beetle Lab, which is a program of UNG’s Environmental Leadership Center. The primary focus of the Ecological Protection Lab is the rearing, release and tracking of populations of predatory beetles and other biological controls to combat the hemlock woolly adelgid.

Additionally, the Lab will explore and develop strategies for combating other ecological threats in the North Georgia region, in cooperation with federal and state agencies and other universities.

The Ecological Protection Lab is a program of the Environmental Leadership Center. The ELC supports service, research and teaching activities that promote leadership and stewardship in preserving and enhancing the environment.

Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of over 17,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs.

Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

The Lab Coordinator will:

Be responsible for oversight of laboratory facility. Ensures appropriate environment and prepares and performs lab operations.

Work with the Environmental Leadership Center Director to develop and maintain the lab’s research focus and budget.

Coordinate the work of and provide support services to researchers, technicians, students, and volunteers involved in both production and research operations of the lab.

Develop and implement policies, procedures, and standards for lab operations to ensure the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality control of the laboratory and compliance with federal, state, and university regulations and standards.

Coordinate the ordering, inventory, storage, and maintenance of supplies, laboratory supplies, and instruments essential to the operation of the lab.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Working knowledge of biology and laboratory rearing equipment and procedures
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a lab setting
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to present data to the public and outside agencies and to effectively coordinate with a variety of governmental agencies
  • Ability to work carefully and maintain orderly work environment.
  • Ability to work outdoors in rugged terrain
  • Valid driver’s license

Certifications/Licenses and Minimum requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Biology or closely related field required

Requires three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

UNG Water Lab Assistant

Position Description

The Water Lab Assistant will work with other team members to: complete one field sampling trip per month, complete accurate water chemistry testing in the lab, and assist with enhancing the role of the Water Lab in Environmental Leadership in areas of service, outreach and research.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Consistent sampling technique
  • Recording accurate data while in the field
  • Critical Thinking of Data Analysis
  • Basic Understanding of Lab Safety
  • Effective communication skills
  • Familiarity with water chemistry and biological tests to include:
    • Alkalinity
    • Hardness
    • Turbidity
    • Total Suspended Solids
    • Biological Oxygen Demand
    • Chemical Oxygen Demand
    • Fecal Coliform

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Research Lab Assistants need an understanding of water quality field and laboratory procedures, including following protocols, lab safety, and dress code. Additionally, at least one semester of college chemistry experience necessary. Advanced lab skills such as computing normality, titrations, use of analytical balance, and acid exposure are desired but not required. Furthermore, the ability to sit or stand for more than intervals of an hour are encouraged. Please note that these requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

Field days will consist of traveling around the Upper Chattahoochee Water Basin to collect water samples in order to evaluate the quality. The traveling environment is a university certified vehicle with another Lab member. The sampling environments are safe and may require walking and hiking to reach the desired site.
The lab has typical hazards such as: chemicals, ovens, and vacuum pumps. However, lab safety is closely monitored and safety for all is ensured at all times.


The UNG Water Lab position is ideal for students interested in chemistry, biology, and environmental sciences and wish to further their technical lab, leadership, and communication skills through research.

How to Apply

Send a resume and short cover letter via e-mail to Ashley Sawdey, Water Lab Manager

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