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Lab Coordinator, Biology

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 16, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary:

The Laboratory Coordinator I supports the educational mission of FLC and the departments, including their teaching faculty (“faculty”) and their students. While this is not a teaching position, the Laboratory
Coordinator I is critical to achieving student learning outcomes established by the faculty, departments, and college and is thus an integral and essential member of these departments.

Job Description:

In coordination with faculty, the Laboratory Coordinator I is expected to perform the following for their assigned laboratory courses and corresponding spaces.

Laboratory Teaching Support to Faculty
  • Ensure laboratory courses are adequately organized and prepared for timely, safe, and effective teaching and learning.
  • Maintain, clean, and organize laboratories between each section including re-stocking supplies, spot-checking equipment in use, and removing waste as needed.
  • Be present and available on the FLC campus when assigned courses are running and respond to unanticipated needs or requests from faculty that may arise during these courses in a timely manner.
  • Manage equipment check-out for courses and student research and coordinate closely with faculty to ensure availability when needed.
Academic Facilities Maintenance
  • Perform a daily check of departmental spaces to ensure equipment function and to kept spaces stocked with commonly required supplies (e.g. gloves, goggles, lab coats, masks, paper towels, cleaning supplies, drying towels, ocular wipes, etc.)
  • Perform thorough cleaning of rooms at least once every semester. This will include cleaning benchtops, sinks, drying racks, shelves, safety hoods, floors, etc.
  • Assist with non-living specimen collection maintenance at the request of faculty curators.
  • Coordinate with the supervising faculty and the Senior Lab Coordinator to oversee care and maintenance of the greenhouse and plants within. This includes coordinating with supervising faculty to determine optimal nutritional and environmental needs as well as other maintenance requirements for plants that are used for coursework and research.
  • Coordinate with supervising faculty to oversee care and maintenance of the live animal facilities and animal cultures and colonies within. This includes coordinating with supervising faculty to determine optimal nutritional and environmental needs as well as other maintenance requirements for animals that are used for coursework and research. This requires obtaining and maintaining valid documentation of required IACUC training and certification from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) for all animals involved with this essential function and responsibility.
  • Assist in departmental compliance with the FLC Environmental Health and Safety requirements. This will include obtaining and maintaining documentation of required safety training.
  • Ensure rooms are maintained to required safety standards. Provide prompt corrective measures when unsafe conditions, practices, or safety equipment are reported or observed in these spaces.
  • Appropriately contain and dispose of regulated waste items for courses including glass, biohazardous, non-hazardous biological, and chemical wastes.
  • Perform monthly inspections to ensure chemicals, glass, and biohazardous materials used by courses are stored properly.
  • Perform monthly testing and inspections of eye wash stations and emergency showers.
  • Provide laboratory safety training for students and student employees.
Ordering / Budgeting
  • Coordinate with faculty to ensure that specific materials and supplies needed for courses are ordered in a timely manner each semester. Track spending for these course-specific items and provide regular budget updates to respective faculty.
  • Coordinate with the Senior Lab Coordinator to ensure that sufficient commonly required supplies (see Academic Facilities Maintenance) are procured and available. Track spending for these and provide regular budget updates to the department’s Administrative Assistant and Chair.
Equipment Maintenance
  • Perform thorough inspection, cleaning, and repair of microscopes at least once every Fall/Spring semester. The LC-I is expected to proactively perform at least basic performance adjustments, cleaning, and minor repairs of both the compound binocular microscopes and dissecting
(stereoscopic) microscopes to maintain high functioning standards for students and faculty. More advanced repairs and servicing should be coordinated with the Senior Lab Coordinator and external servicing companies.
  • Perform thorough inspection and cleaning of glassware and laboratory tools (scissors, forceps, scalpels, dissecting trays, etc.) at least once every semester.
  • Perform thorough inspection, cleaning, repair, and servicing (when relevant) of other equipment at least once every semester, including other laboratory equipment (pipettors, water baths, gel electrophoresis rigs, centrifuges, etc.) and field equipment (calipers, hip waders, insect nets/traps, GPS units, transect tapes, etc.).
  • Perform thorough inspection, cleaning, and servicing (as needed) of all freezers, refrigerators, and environmental chambers (e.g. plant rearing and insect rearing) at least once every year.
  • Maintain a current inventory of all equipment, chemicals, and specimens and provide updates of this inventory to faculty each semester so that teaching impact is maximized through use of available equipment, chemicals, and specimens.
  • Develop and maintain user manuals for key, shared equipment.
Other Duties
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Required Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, or similar scientific field.
  • Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Excellent analytical skills and experience solving technical problems with minimal supervision.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability/willingness to drive a 15-passenger van.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities
Preferred Education, Specialized Skills and Experience:
  • Experience providing high quality care for live plants and animals.
Reports To / Supervisory Responsibility:

This employee reports to the Biology Department chair and Senior Lab Coordinator

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.
Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, walk, climb stairs, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate computer and telephone equipment
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs.

Local travel to procure supplies or assist in departmental field trips during the workday is expected.

FLSA Status/ Position Type/Expected Hours of Work/ and Salary Range:
  • Exempt
  • Full Time 12-Month position (1.0 FTE)
  • Permanent
  • Typical work hours are 8-5 during the workweek, with some irregular and holiday and weekend work expected for animal and greenhouse-related duties.

The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $48,000, plus a comprehensive

benefits package

Application Process
A complete application packet includes:
  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for the position.

  • Resume

  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references.

Application materials received by May 12, 2024, will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

About Fort Lewis College:

On a sage-brushed mesa overlooking downtown Durango and the La Plata Mountains, Fort Lewis College is Southwest Colorado’s premier public undergraduate research institution. With more than half of the 3,300 students identifying as people of color, FLC’s academic programming and campus life thrive on nurturing safe, diverse spaces for intellectual exploration and helping people achieve their career goals. A Native American-serving, Non-Tribal Institution, FLC is committed to promoting economic development in neighboring tribal communities and connecting students with the education they need to be the change in the world they want to see. Degree programs span the arts, business, education, health sciences, humanities, and social and natural sciences. Coursework builds on the natural, cultural, and historical resources found around the Four Corners region. Students work closely with faculty on research projects with real-world implications. Like the mountain town it resides in, FLC promotes a culture of work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff. Skyhawks enjoy unparalleled access to a healthy outdoor lifestyle thanks to 300 days of sunshine a year and more than 300 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Durango

Notice to Prospective Employees:
The Fort Lewis College is required by the Clery Act of 1990 to notify prospective employees, current employees, students and applicants where to access our Campus Security Report. The report is updated and published annually in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Federal Student Right-to-Know, the Federal Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act of 1989. This report contains information about:
  • Fort Lewis College's alcohol and other drug policy
  • Sexual assault policy
  • Campus security policies
  • Campus/community resources
  • The Colorado Riot Offense Statute restriction on enrollment
  • Where to find registered sex offender information
  • Crime statistics for the previous three calendar years
  • Reporting crimes
The Campus Security Report can be accessed in two ways:
By going to the internet website at: Fort Lewis College Student Affairs Office will also provide a paper copy of the annual security report upon request. You can reach them at (970) 247-7331.

Equal Opportunity
Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Discrimination Questions?

Office of Compliance and Community Standards
David Pirrone, Director of Compliance
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?
Office of the Title IX Coordinator
Kate Suazo, Assistant Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations
Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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