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Senior Laboratory Technician, Environmental Studies (one or more positions)

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The information you provide on your application will be used to determine your qualification for this position. Be sure your application reflects all relevant work experience. Applicants must complete all sections of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please do not add photographs or confidential data (e.g. social security #, birth date, etc.) to your application package. A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status. Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in the CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS.

Posting Details

Position Information

Link to job brochure:
Classification Title Senior Laboratory Technician, Environmental Studies
Job Category: Classified Staff
Job Open Date: 03/06/2017
Job Close Date:
Initial Screening Date 04/07/2017
Position ID: P0005112
Job Open ID: REQ6211
Position Title: Senior Laboratory Technician, Environmental Studies (one or more positions)
Location 20-Saddleback College
Department Environmental Studies (SC) (SC-052-026)
Term: 12 Months/Year
Salary Schedule Link: Classified
Pay Basis: Monthly
Pay Range: 130, which is $3,469.13
% of Range: 72.5%
Hours per week: 29
Work Schedule Possible work schedule: Mon-Thur 8am to 4pm, work hours may change periodically to meet the needs of the department.
Receives Benefits: No
Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible
employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life
insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment
coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are
fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public
Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Position-Specific Benefits:
Additional Position Information:

Additional Information

Summary Description:

Under direction from the assigned instructor, performs complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area; exercises judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials within the assigned area; provides a high level of academic assistance to assigned instructors; may oversee and provide lead direction to Lab Technician positions.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Positions in the Senior Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity and range of duties assigned. Employees assume greater responsibility for more technical aspects of a learning program, perform at a skill level with a considerable degree of independence, and operate complex apparatus, equipment and machines. In addition, the Senior Lab Technician must possess extensive technical and academic training and experience in the assigned field, set up complex labs such as chemistry or biology, handle hazardous materials, oversee and manage assigned budgets, specify, order and inventory laboratory equipment, supplies and materials and provide significant academic and technical assistance to assigned instructors. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating policies and procedures of the work unit.

Representative Duties:

The duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of
the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties
from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business
practices. Please see Job Duties for details.

Knowledge of:

Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory.
Advanced theories and applications of the assigned scientific discipline.
Advanced principles and practices of laboratory operations.
Methods and techniques used in handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals.
Proper methods of storing equipment, materials, chemicals and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.
Advanced mathematical principles and scientific concepts.
Properties and safe handling of bio hazardous and pathogenic materials.
Electronics and related repair techniques.
Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:

Perform complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area.
Perform duties at an advanced skill level with a considerable degree of independence. Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.
Provide assistance to instructors in the development of laboratory experiments and demonstrations.
Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.
Safely mix, dispense and store solutions for chemistry lab experiments. Properly store and dispose of hazardous chemicals and materials. Troubleshoot and repair electronic, optical and mechanical equipment. Anticipate resource needs of the department and individual instructors.
Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area.
Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations. Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
Participate in budget preparation and administration.
Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

Education/Training:

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in biology, general science, environmental studies/science or a related field.

Experience:

Three years of increasingly responsible experience in monitoring and implementing a laboratory program.

License or Certificate:
Conditions of Employment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may work in, near or with water. Moderate exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.

Physical Demands:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull moderate to heavy amounts of weight; to operate laboratory equipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; may require the wearing of safety glasses or goggles, lab coat, rubber or plastic gloves, respirators or face shields.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Additional Position Information:

The information you provide on your application will be used to determine your qualification for this position. Be sure your application reflects all relevant work experience. Applicants must complete all sections of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please do not add photographs or confidential data (e.g. social security #, birth date, etc.) to your application package.

A California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retiree may not accept employment until after the first 180 days of retirement. Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting permanent employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active CalPERS member. Please contact CalPERS for additional information regarding your retirement status.
Any active vested member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with the District to perform service that requires membership in the CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS.

Additional Classification Information:
Position Specific Benefits:

The District provides California Public Employees Retirement Systems (CalPERS) retirement, sick leave, personal necessity leave, vacation and holiday benefits for part-time bargaining unit employees.

Job Duties

Job Duties

Duties and Responsibilities

Participate in the planning and implementation of laboratory exercises, experiments and procedures; implement new or modified policies and procedures as required.

Duties and Responsibilities

Prepare for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus; assist students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assist instructors in developing experiments and laboratory activities; develop and prepare lab practicum tests, study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide assistance to students on a variety of laboratory and course related matters; review student work in progress and assist in resolving technical experimentation problems.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assist instructors, staff and students in the use of a variety of laboratory equipment, materials and supplies in an instructional setting; monitor students involved in laboratory activities; ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; demonstrate safety and emergency procedures in class and laboratory situations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; diagnose and repair malfunctioning laboratory equipment; maintain, clean and test equipment relating to biology, chemistry and various other experimentation and study including microscopes, balances, lasers, cameras, vacuum pumps, optical systems, computers, hand power tools, telescopes, meters, generators and heaters.

Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee and participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials and equipment; acquire and maintain an inventory of materials for instructional programs including but not limited to a variety of specimen collections, chemicals, laboratory supplies, glassware, books, slides and films; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, assemble and test new equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for budget items; monitor and control expenditures.

Duties and Responsibilities

May oversee and provide lead direction to Lab Technician positions, part time hourly staff and student volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Prepare solutions and mixtures of chemicals for assigned laboratory use; dispense and label chemicals in appropriate containers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Monitor and dispose of chemicals and chemical waste; identify, collect and store unwanted and expired chemicals according to established safety guidelines and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

Maintain de-ionized water purification system; maintain contract with outside vendor; read and log usage; monitor system for maintenance needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Check out and collect borrowed equipment including microscopes, lenses, balances, power tools, magnifiers, calculators and study sets; inspect equipment and materials for proper condition upon return.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide for and maintain a suitable environment for a variety of living organisms utilized in lab experiments; feed, clean and monitor organisms and maintain records of condition.

Duties and Responsibilities

Prepare and sterilize specialized media for growth of bio hazardous microorganisms; maintain bacteria and microorganisms under safe and sterile conditions; perform proper decontamination and disposal of all microbial and fungal bio hazardous waste.

Duties and Responsibilities

Respond to inquiries and requests for information; answer phones; relay messages for faculty and staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Respond to laboratory emergencies including injuries and chemical spills; serve as floor monitor during evacuations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Perform related duties as required.

Documents Needed for Applying

Required Documents
  1. Resume / CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other Doc

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Have you obtained education equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in biology, general science, environmental studies/science or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. Have you acquired at least three years of increasingly responsible experience in monitoring and implementing a laboratory program?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Describe your work experience and list the length of time in each job relevant to this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. If selected for an interview, will you be able to provide verification of your education and employment related to this posting?
    • Yes
    • No