Laboratory Technician - Chemistry

California, United States
Salary Not specified
May 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Laboratory Technician - Chemistry

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Location: Kentfield, CA




Due to COVID-19, most of College of Marin's operations and all instruction are taking place remotely, with the exception of positions deemed essential. Applicants should be prepared that if selected to interview or a position at the College, all interviews will be held remotely.

All application materials must be received by the Priority Screening Date in order to be considered during the initial screening. Applications received after this date may be considered thereafter at the discretion of the college until the position is filled.
***************Position Overview
The job of Laboratory Technician Class Series (Chemistry) is done for the purpose/s of performing a variety of learning resources activities, technical and clerical work related to the operation of a student chemistry lab.

Diversity Statement
College of Marin strives to embrace diversity in all forms: it strives to be an Inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment and demonstrates sensitivity to and respect for a diverse population.

COM serves a county population of approximately 250,000 residents. Based on fall 2019 credit enrollment data, the diversity of students at the college includes greater representation than the county with regards to enrollment by Hispanic/Latino (30% of enrollment), Asian (8%), Black/African American (3%), and Multi-racial (6%) students.

College of Marin does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, or perception of, race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, family and medical care leave, military or veteran status, or prior record of arrest or conviction, and is subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Civil Rights Act of 1991, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In accordance with Executive order 11246 (as amended), the College of Marin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Essential Functions

  • Assists in the operation and maintenance of an instructional laboratory and related areas; performs specialized and technical duties to assure efficient lab operations.
  • Prepares and maintains chemical solutions, reagents and other instructional materials and equipment for laboratory experiments, demonstrations and exercises.
  • Operates and maintains a variety of equipment typically found in physical/natural science laboratories. Orders, receives and stores supplies, materials and equipment; maintains inventories, conducts catalog research and contacts vendors to purchase supplies and materials.
  • Prepares and maintains chemistry lab prep room, outdoor areas assigned to Chemistry and/or supplies for the purpose of providing a clean, organized layout and safe work environment.
  • Maintains laboratory environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition; assures the safe and proper handling of chemicals and biological specimens.
  • Provides for proper disposal of waste materials in accordance with regulatory guidelines.
  • Adjusts, maintains and performs minor repair to equipment; reports major repair needs according to established procedures.
  • Prepares a variety of written materials (e.g. purchase orders, operating procedures for equipment, etc.) for the purpose of providing written support and/or conveying information.
  • Supports instructors (e.g. setting up lab experiments, preparing observations, audio visual equipment, preparing chemicals, reagents, labware, and instrumentation etc.) for the purpose of complementing classroom instruction.
  • Trains and provides work direction to student and hourly workers as assigned; assists in coordinating laboratory duties and assignments.
  • Assists instructors in the use of a variety of equipment, materials and supplies in the instructional setting.

Requirements & Desirables
1. Community College and/or Vocational School Degree with study in job related area; and
2. Job Related Experience within Specialized Field is required; and
3. Demonstrated sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, disabilities and learning styles of community college students and staff.

  • Hazmat Training

1. AA/AS or BS in Chemistry or in a Chemistry-related field: chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or equivalent.

2. Ability to make and maintain solutions, reagents, set up instructional laboratory for students, and operate/maintain standard chemistry laboratory instruments/equipment (IR, pH meters, AA/AE, spectrophotometers, NMR, etc.)

3. Experience working in a chemistry instructional laboratory setting.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES (Desirable Attributes & Skills)

KNOWLEDGE is required to: perform basic math including calculation of fractions, percents and/or ratios; read technical information, compose a variety of documents and solve practical problems. Basic principles with aseptic procedures and techniques used in science laboratories. Health and safety practices and precautions applicable to science laboratories. A wide variety of equipment and materials used in science laboratories. Fundamentals of laboratory organization and management. Oral and written communication skills. Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: handling hazardous materials and filing and using MSDS information for various chemicals, preparing chemical solutions, neat configurations for demonstrations, and prepare displays for classrooms; maintains classroom and labs in a clean and orderly manner.

SKILLS are required to: perform multiple technical tasks with an occasional need to upgrade skills due to changing job conditions. Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: adhering to safety practices; operating equipment used in chemistry lab; preparing and maintaining accurate records; and operating standard office equipment including pertinent software applications. Use of new or additional equipment brought about by new technology shall be incorporated consistent with the level of responsibility and complexity of this job.

ABILITY is required to: schedule a number of activities; gather collate, and/or classify data; and coordinate a significant number of factors in the use of equipment and supplies. Flexibility is required to work with others under a variety of circumstances; analyze data utilizing defined but different processes; and use equipment for a variety of purposes under different conditions that requires an understanding of various methods of operation. Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups; and utilize a wide variety of job related equipment. In working with others, problem solving is required to analyze issues, create plans of action and reach solutions. Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating with diverse groups; setting priorities; working as part of a team; working with constant interruptions. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, disabilities and learning styles of community college students and staff.

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
  1. In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  2. Criminal Justice/Fingerprint Clearance.
  3. California Education Code, Section 87408.6 requires persons employed by a community college in an academic or classified position to submit to a TB risk assessment developed by CDPH and CTCA and, if risk factors are present, an examination to determine that he or she is free of infectious TB; initially upon hire and every four years thereafter.
  4. DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: All Marin Community College District (MCCD) employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the MCCD requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. For more information, please see the MCCD Emergency Operations Plan.
  5. Candidates applying for positions with the Marin Community College District maybe disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

The following documents must be attached to your application in order to render it complete. Use
the Attachment Type indicated in parentheses when making your attachments.

  1. Cover Letter (cover letter)
  2. Resume (resume)
  3. Transcript conferring Associate's degree or showing whatever coursework you have completed, if applicable (transcript)
  4. STATEMENT: Please provide a response to the following prompt (one page maximum):

    College of Marin's commitment to educational excellence is rooted in providing equitable
    opportunities and fostering success for all members of our diverse community. Practices and outcomes related to diversity and inclusion are vital measures of institutional excellence. How would you contribute to College of Marin's effort of enhancing diversity in a meaningful way?

Supplemental & Salary Information
Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision; leading, guiding and/or coordinating other persons; and operating within a defined budget and/or financial guidelines. Utilization of resources from other work units may be required to perform the job's functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the Organization's services.

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions requires the following physical demands: significant lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; significant stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling; significant reaching, handling, fingering and/or feeling. Generally the job requires 55% sitting, 35% walking and 10% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations, some hazardous conditions (e.g. mechanical, cuts, burns, infectious disease, high decibel noise, etc.), and in varying atmospheric conditions.


Campus: Kentfield

Full-time Equivalent: 1.0 - Full-time

Months per Year: 12

Work Days/Hours:

Monday - Thursday

10am - 8pm (~half-hour lunch)


FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Salary Range: CSEA 115

Starting Salary Range: $28.74 - $31.68 per hour (Step 1 - 3). Normal entering step is Step 1.

Please refer to our Human Resources site for salary schedules.


Employees in this classification are represented by the California School Employees' Association (CSEA) Chapter 196. CSEA employees are also members of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), to which the member contributes up-to 7% of their reportable compensation on a monthly basis. General information regarding rights and responsibilities under the Agreement can be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreements section of our Human Resources site.


Applications must include the documents listed in the Required Documents section to be rendered complete; incomplete applications will not be accepted. Screening will begin after the priority screening date. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment with the screening committee; however, applicants will be notified of their status, either way, following the screening. Candidates forwarded by the committee following the first interview may be invited for a second interview. Regrettably, College of Marin is not able to offer reimbursement for travel to interviews at this time.

To apply: