Science Laboratory Technician (Biology Department)
Contra Costa College
$4,392.00 -$5,351.00 per month
To operate a science laboratory and maintain equipment, tools,
materials and supplies; provides assistance to faculty and
students; selects, trains and supervises student assistants to work
in science laboratories and storerooms.
Examples of Duties/Essential Functions:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Performs the timely preparation, set-up and issuing of materials,
equipment and lockers for use in student laboratory demonstrations,
experiments, exercises and exams.
Operates and demonstrates the use of specialized equipment and
instruments commonly found in community college laboratories
Maintains a clean and safe learning environment in the laboratory,
laboratory office and storage areas.
Prepares and maintains a variety of records, logs and files related
to supplies and equipment.
Monitors utilization of supplies to assure a well-stocked
Prepares and manages a supply budget.
Prepares various media, cultures, solutions, and stains.
Assembles, tests, installs, operates and maintains laboratory
equipment and materials.
Notifies appropriate personnel of needed repairs, maintenance, or
any hazardous condition that exist in the laboratories.
Assists faculty in the planning and implementation of experimental
design and preparation of laboratory exercises.
Inspects areas for hazardous material spills.
Communicates with instructors, vendors and suppliers regarding
science laboratory purchases, operations and equipment.
Provides appropriate student safety training; maintains records of
Collects, monitors, controls, labels, keeps detailed logs and
stores and arranges for safe disposal of hazardous chemical,
reagent and hazardous chemicals and biological waste.
Recruits, selects, trains and supervises assistants; schedules,
assigns and reviews work to ensure optimal use of the lab.
Provides instructional guidance and assistance to individuals and
small groups of science students; reinforces concepts, techniques
and practical applications presented by the instructor.
Attends periodic training to maintain current knowledge of proper
handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and related
record keeping requirements.
Performs general clerical duties.
Performs related duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
One (1) year of responsible experience in a college, public health,
hospital, clinical or research setting performing
discipline-specific tests and processes, including experience in
EDUCATION / LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a
discipline relevant to assigned area, or equivalent.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Red Cross First Aid
and CPR certificate.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, Cal OSHA Certification.
Methods, techniques and procedures used in the planning,
development and delivery of a science laboratory program.
Subject matter and theoretical principles of assigned
Methods of gathering and presenting general statistical data.
Scientific laboratory equipment, materials, supplies, methods,
practices and techniques.
Tools, materials and equipment used in the repair, calibration, and
maintenance of science laboratory equipment and instruments.
Principles, practices, and environmental health and safety
regulations necessary to use and dispose of hazardous materials or
work with laboratory equipment.
Modern software applications (Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
Principles of record keeping and budget administration.
Work independently with minimal supervision.
Organize and prioritize laboratory activities.
Research, adapt, and apply laboratory methods, practices and
techniques common to assigned department.
Perform routine and analytical work needed to prepare equipment and
materials for laboratory assignments.
Effectively and safely operate, adapt, and maintain scientific
Understand the function of, operate, demonstrate, maintain,
troubleshoot, repair and calibrate technical instruments.
Perform administrative work accurately and efficiently, including
Interpret and apply policies, procedures, rules and
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Lift, move and manipulate objects and equipment within
Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those
contacted in the performance of required duties.
Stay current with changing environmental health and safety
Safely handle, store and dispose of hazardous materials.
Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the
diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity,
sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, and
religious background of all students, faculty and staff, and with
all individuals encountered in the performance of required
• Knowledge of the use of the AD instrument package known as
PowerLab for the collection of Physiological Lab data.
• Experience with using frogs for live tissue experiments in neural
conduction, skeletal muscle contraction and cardiac function.
• Ability to prepare lab solutions with correct dilutions.
• Experience with physiological labs, including using students for
blood pressure, EKG, respiration and exercise physiology.
• Knowledge of anatomical terminology and experience with
identifying anatomical structures on models and cadavers.
• Experience with ordering lab materials and maintaining needed
stocks of chemicals and supplies.
• Experience with working with students in a lab environment
• Experience with other lab courses such as microbiology,
introductory biology, organismal biology, or cell and molecular
This Science Lab Technician position in the Biology Department is
specifically to support the Anatomy and Physiology courses. The
technician will be expected to prepare solutions and equipment for
the physiology laboratories. Knowledge of basic physiological lab
equipment such as PowerLab, transducers, Collin’s Respirometers,
EKG machines, blood pressure cuffs, pH meters and other lab
equipment will be useful. Some of our labs are also based on the
use of frogs for live tissue experiments, the technician will need
to prepare these samples before class starts.
In the anatomy course, the technician will be preparing the
laboratory models and cadaver specimens with tagged labels. A
general knowledge of anatomy will be needed to accomplish these
The technician may also find the need to work across the department
in other lab courses such as Microbiology, Organismal Biology, Cell
and Molecular Biology and General Biology to support classes when
the technicians for these courses are unavailable.
Contra Costa College serves about 10,000 students, credit and
non-credit, who pursue transfer preparation, career education and
foundational skills. The College’s student population reflects its
surrounding diverse communities. Serving predominately African
American and Latinx students, Contra Costa College is situated in a
socioeconomically diverse, resilient and culturally vibrant
community. As a proud Hispanic Serving Institution, we seek
candidates who embrace our community, our student population, and
our central work: strengthening West County by meeting our students
where they are and helping them get to where they want to be.
We seek a colleague who operates with a growth mindset, a
strength-based approach centered on students, and an unflinching
commitment to equity, especially concerning the elimination of
barriers to college access, success, and completion. The ideal
candidate will be eager to help construct and maintain a culture of
continuous improvement in instructional effectiveness, student
service, and leadership.
NOTE: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $
4,392, second step step $ 4,616 or third step $4,847 per month,
depending on experience. Based on current salary placement
guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes
eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These
increases will occur, on an annual basis, until the maximum step of
$ 5,351 per month is reached on the salary schedule.
Contra Costa Community College District is returning to some
in-person activities, in a gradual, responsive process that is
following all relevant local, state, federal, and CDC guidance
related to COVID-19. Applicants are advised that the Contra Costa
Community College District has mandated that District employees
will need to be vaccinated, test regularly, or obtain a waiver for
religious or medical reasons. For those employees who receive a
waiver they will be required to wear a mask and test regularly. If
this employment condition is unacceptable to an applicant, they
should not apply for consideration.
Job Close Date:
Open Until Filled:
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