Current Available Positions:

Research Internship (Unpaid)

Research Scientist


Posting Date:               February 15, 2019

Reports to:                   Research Director

Position type:              Part-time, Seasonal (May-August)

Hours:                          Minimum 24 hours per week between the hours of 9am-5pm M-F

Compensation:           Unpaid

Closing Date:              April 15, 2019

Min. Education Required: Junior or Senior undergraduate or graduate in Chemistry, Biology, Ecology, or a Related field


Looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic student wishing to gain experience with water quality, chemistry, and ecology. Work involves executing projects to help support supervisors. Ideal candidates would conduct water quality chemistry sampling in the field and in the laboratory, assist with macroinvertebrate identification, and assist in day to day lab operations. 

Essential functions:

  • Obtain experience with field sampling methods and laboratory procedures
  • Learn techniques for macroinvertebrate collection and identification
  • Gain experience with analytical chemistry and water quality analysis
  • Assist with rapid geomorphological assessments 
  • Assist with urban watershed water quality monitoring
  • Hands-on experience with long term continuous monitoring on the Savannah River
  • Learn to communicate verbally and in writing with other team members in a scientific manner

 Qualification Requirements:

  • Junior or Senior undergraduate or graduate in Chemistry/Biology/Ecology/Related field
  • Strong interest in field and laboratory research
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 24 hours a week Monday-Friday for 9-12 weeks
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license.
  • Demonstrate work ethic and have the ability to foster teamwork
  • Task-oriented, an appreciation for native habitats, and be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Knowledge of standard office practices and basic computer skills, and ability to apply such knowledge of interrelated processes, tasks, and operations
  • Be punctual and demonstrate good time management skills

 Send Cover Letter, Resume, and 3 References to:   kelsey.laymon@phinizycenter.org

 For questions please call 706-396-1419

Research Scientist            

Position Type:  Full- time /Exempt – Salary                         

Post Date:  April 1st, 2019

End Date: May 15th, 2019

Salary: $28,000-32,000 with Benefits

Position Summary:

Candidate will function as a skilled individual contributor for laboratory analysis and fieldwork, but central responsibility will be the laboratory analysis of water quality samples. Work involves the collection and analysis of surface water and groundwater samples, maintenance of data collection stations, and assistance of other environmental monitoring/assessment activities. Will be expected to work under limited supervision and demonstrate the ability to work independently.

Essential functions:

  • Provide Analytical chemistry testing/laboratory work (Shimadzu TOC-L and Seal Analytical analysis) and water quality analysis – this will be the main task.
  • Refine/sharpen laboratory methodologies, equipment operation and techniques. Ensure lab instrument maintenance, and practice safe chemical laboratory environment.
  • Collection and processing of surface water samples and groundwater samples.
  • Analyze, interpret, summarize and communicate scientific data.
  • Assist with field studies including maintenance of data collection stations, stream discharge measurements, drain survey system project, and other tasks as needed.


  • Minimum requirements: B.S. or M.S. in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, biology or related field OR 3-5 years of hands-on experience in laboratory background/field work (Flexible with experience; willing to train a motivated individual).
  • Must be motivated to become certified as a Georgia Water and Wastewater Institute (GWWI) laboratory analyst.
  • Exhibit strong work ethic, ability to work independently and collaboratively, and maintain quality work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work outdoors and nights/weekends on rare occasions.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license.

To Apply:

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