Raritan Valley Community
Laboratory Assistant I -
Ranked by BestColleges.com and Niche.com as the #1 community
college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been
serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and
Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been
nationally recognized for its service to the community,
environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home
to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory, a
1,000-seat Theatre, an Honors College for high achieving students
and much more.
The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and
certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance
through the Small Business Development Center, professional
development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC
is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further
information, visit www.raritanval.edu.
Raritan Valley Community College has an anticipated opening of
Laboratory Assistant I-Biology for the Science & Engineering
Under the general direction of the Chair of the Science &
Engineering Department and the direct supervision of the Director
of Laboratory Services, the Laboratory Assistant will assist in the
maintenance and preparation of the Biology and Environmental
Science laboratories and laboratory activities on the main campus
and off-campus sites. This individual will assist with
maintaining and ordering equipment and supplies, maintaining and
updating inventory listings, and overseeing the security of the
labs. The position also includes maintaining the facilities that
support the Biology and Environmental Science courses, such as the
greenhouse, herbarium, and water quality laboratory. The
Laboratory Assistant must be flexible regarding work schedule and
willing to travel to off-campus locations. This position is
37.5 hours per week, may require some evenings, and will require
Saturday rotation weekend work.
Prepare solutions, media (plates, slants, & broth),
specimens, equipment, and materials for biology, environmental
science, and geology laboratory sections.
Plant and care for live lab supplies in the greenhouse.
Retrieve field samples for biology and environmental science
laboratories and demonstrations. Test run experiments as
Remove chemicals and/or equipment, clean up, and replenish
materials between lab sections.
Assist in maintenance of inventory of chemicals, materials and
equipment in the laboratory preparation and storage areas; restock
as necessary; maintain proper storage of supplies and SDS sheets;
dispose of laboratory waste following appropriate protocols.
Assist in maintenance and replacement of field equipment and
Coordinate with faculty to order lab supplies and equipment to
support biology, environmental science, and geology labs; maintain
and update/upgrade these materials as needed to support these
Coordinate with Technology Services to ensure that software is
installed and updated as needed on laboratory computers to support
biology and environmental science labs.
Assist in general maintenance of laboratories, preparation and
storage areas; help to maintain security of these areas on
Saturdays, between semesters, and during summer sessions.
Ensure that prep rooms and classroom doors are locked at the end of
Perform related duties as required by supervisor.
A minimum of an Associate's degree in
biology, environmental science, or chemistry, with laboratory
experience; bachelor's degree preferred.
Preference for applicant who has had
coursework in biology, environmental science, and/or geology.
Ability to prepare and organize
laboratory and demonstration materials.
Preference for applicant who has
experience with basic genetic and microbiology lab techniques
(i.e., DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, plate and media
Preference for applicant who has
experience with basic field sampling and sample processing
techniques (i.e. soil and water sampling, wildlife trapping and
camera use, plant collection and preservation, etc.), and plant and
Ability to work in a team
Good communication skills.
Good general subject knowledge.
Ability to accommodate to
Requires sitting, standing, bending,
walking, and climbing.
Lift and carry equipment weighing up
to 30 pounds for a distance of 50 feet.
Requires handling equipment weighing
up to 30 pounds while pushing, pulling, lifting, twisting, and
reaching while lifting.
As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must
establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless
an exemption applies.
RVCC's starting salary is commensurate with educational
qualifications and experience. We also offer an attractive benefits
For consideration of the above position, please submit your
cover letter and resume online:
We regret that we are unable to respond to each and every resume
received. Only those candidates of interest will be contacted
Raritan Valley Community College is an Equal Employment
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer. We will implement the
policy to assure that the employment opportunities offered at the
institution are available to all persons.