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Instructional Support Technician II / College of Natural Sciences - Dean's Office

California State University, San Bernardino
California, United States
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Jul 6, 2022

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Instructional Support Technician II / College of Natural Sciences - Dean's Office
California State University, San Bernardino

Job No: 511737
Work type: Staff
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Temporary, Full Time


California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

At CSUSB, you can:
  • Build your future
  • Work with the best
  • Be your authentic self
  • Focus on you
  • Make a lasting impact
  • Work for a purpose that is greater than your own
  • Bring everything you are, become everything you want

Department Summary

The College of Natural Sciences has several departments that provide instructional laboratory courses at the Palm Desert Campus. This includes the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Bio-chemistry, Geology, Health Sciences, Kinesiology and Physics.

Job Summary

The IST II will independently provide instructional support to the departments in the College of Natural Sciences at the Palm Desert Campus. The IST will be responsible for preparation of laboratory classes, maintenance of laboratory supplies and equipment, consulting with faculty and department chairs and serving as the Safety Coordinator.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Lab Preparation:
  • Independently provide instructional support to departments in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) at the Palm Desert Campus.
  • Prepare and ensure all equipment is in working condition for the different laboratories and activities.
  • Prepare or supervise and assure the preparation of materials and solutions for teaching laboratory sections as per laboratory preparation guide manuals.
  • Deliver materials and solutions to the laboratories and manage the return of these materials and solutions from laboratories.
  • Manage the collection, storage, and removal of hazardous waste produced in the labs.
  • Supervise and arrange for the laboratories to be cleaned between experiments.
  • Maintaining bacterial cultures and freezer stocks, preparing sterile solid and liquid media, inventory of chemicals, reagents, specimens, and supplies, and working closely with instructional staff to meet laboratory needs.
  • Ensure rooms are properly stocked for each week's lab.
  • Stage necessary equipment and materials for instructors to conduct the laboratory activities.
  • Assist with tests and procedures during laboratory classes.
  • Create and maintain prep notes for lab courses; review lab procedures and identify potential concerns or problems, and evaluate laboratory practices for cost effectiveness and environmental impact by identifying ways to reduce waste and use non-toxic alternatives.

  • Maintaining laboratory space upkeep and maintenance (maintaining lab safety and COVID requirements for all spaces).
  • Maintenance, operation, trouble-shooting, and minor repair of technical equipment and scientific equipment.
  • Minor repair of electrical and mechanical equipment.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of burners, replacement of tubing, specialized glassware, hot plates, water baths, etc.
  • Minor trouble-shooting and maintenance of computer equipment and common software applications related to the laboratories.
  • Responding to any emergent concerns regarding correct and continuous operation of building equipment and scheduling of repairs with Heating and Air and Facilities Services. This includes chemical vapor hoods and snorkels, cold rooms and refrigerators, electrical outlets, the deionized water supply, leaking pipes, etc.
  • Maintain, calibrate, and perform minor repairs on lab equipment;
  • Maintenance, minor repair and calibration of new and used equipment.
  • Assist with new equipment installation and coordinate with facilities staff.
  • Work with SBC staff and vendors to undertake equipment repairs when beyond local expertise

  • Procurement of chemicals, materials, and technical equipment. The materials and equipment must then be stocked and distributed appropriately.
  • Ensure the common equipment in the teaching laboratories are properly stocked and maintained.
  • Facilitating inventory of all laboratory consumables, glassware, software and hardware.
  • Working with the appropriate department administrative support coordinators when ordering new equipment, consumables, glassware, software and hardware.
  • Maintain inventory and promptly dispose of obsolete and non-working equipment, including following all university procedures for disposal of electronic waste.

Faculty/Department Chair
  • Consultation with faculty members on the type of equipment and chemicals to purchase for various specific experiments and the efficient management and use of the preparatory manuals.
  • Consult with faculty teaching the course, review the lab manual, and create and maintain prep notes for lab courses.
  • Identify potential concerns or problems, and evaluate laboratory practices in consult with faculty teaching the course.
  • Consultation with department chair regarding the number of laboratory sections and the adequate number of supplies required for all sections, and keep the chair notified of issues or needs relating to the labs.
  • Coordinate with other PDC staff and faculty to manage the storage of and access to lab supplies.
  • Coordinate with faculty members and laboratory instructors on the type of equipment and materials needed for the different laboratory activities and experiments.

Safety Coordinator
  • As the Safety Coordinator, ensure biohazardous waste properly handled, disposed, and stored.
  • Maintain safe chemical storage including separating incompatible structures
  • Maintain and ensure proper disposal of chemicals and materials, including maintaining a secondary and working with EHS for waste disposal.
  • Maintain autoclave, autoclave logs, conduct regular spore tests, provide autoclave training, and maintain autoclave records.
  • An electronic inventory of all chemicals and equipment must be kept up to date; regular inspected of facilities will be conducted and documented
  • Safety Data Sheets of all materials and records of student safety training must be maintained, and the staff member must work with EHS to maintain safe working conditions, training and property inventory.
  • As the safety coordinator at PDC conduct the risk assessment as required by EHS and ensure the laboratories meet appropriate safety protocols.
  • Ensure teaching laboratories comply with federal, state, local and university regulations.
  • Communicate pertinent safety information to faculty, staff and students within the appropriate CNS Department.

Employment Status: This is a Full-Time, Temporary, Non-Exempt position.

Application Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 7, 2022.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and evenings may be required.

Key Qualifications
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (including being a good listener) to interact and communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies, both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of principles of providing support services; knowledge of the common principles, methods, and techniques related to the discipline; knowledge of the materials, supplies and equipment and their uses related to the discipline.
  • Ability to evaluate the materials and supplies used; ability to learn to adjust and make minor repairs on scientific equipment; ability to operate scientific or highly technical equipment and to interpret results; ability to plan activities and prepare schedules; ability to use methods, techniques and skills related to the discipline in preparing specialized materials.
  • Working knowledge of and ability to operate standard office equipment and technology including, but not limited to, desktop computer, laptop, copier, fax machine, scanner, and printer.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in ability to effectively use common computer and technology programs and related computer software packages (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, etc.) in the course of assigned duties.

Education and Experience
  • Equivalent to two years of experience providing instructional support services for a unit or discipline, acting as a student assistant, or in producing materials or supplies related to the discipline.

  • Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

  • Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a related discipline may be substituted for the experience.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $3,581 - $4,200 per month

Classification Salary Range: $3,581 - $6,214 per month

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs which further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values which discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

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