Community Lab Technician

Bard College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology
Employment Type
Full Time
Bard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is a private institution working in the public interest.

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Bard College invites applications for the position of Community Lab Technician for the Environmental and Urban Studies program ( EUS ). The Community Lab Technician will work to support EUS faculty and students in teaching and research activities that utilize Bard’s Community Science Lab ( CSL ) to support on-the-ground community environmental and environmental justice efforts. Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focused on rethinking who can and should be included in this kind of education.

This is a full time, entry-level position with competitive salary and benefits. We expect to provide training (scientific and/or community engagement oriented) to the successful candidate. We are specifically looking for a team player who excels at working with a wide range of people who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Familiarity with nonprofit and academic institutions is a plus, particularly given the nature of this position -- providing a solid bridge between communities and academia.

Essential Duties:
  • Supporting faculty in incorporating regional community members and environmental justice efforts into classes and research
  • In collaboration with CSL lab staff, promoting the use of CSL instrumentation in courses and student and faculty research
  • Providing technical assistance with sampling and sensors, both in the lab and in the field
  • Data processing, analysis, management, and reporting
  • Providing logistical support for the maintenance of environmental monitoring equipment
  • Mentoring of student interns
  • Maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Two or more years of closely related employment (or a Bachelor’s Degree in related field)
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with community members involved in issue- and values-based social change work
  • Effective communication skills, including the ability to write and speak to broad audiences
  • Science background (in the field, in the lab, and/or in your personal interests)
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility and the ability to multitask and meet deadlines
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Community organizing and/or academic faculty support experience
  • Previous experience working with environmental samples (i.e., water, air, soil)
  • Experience in mentorship and/or supervision of interns
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • A valid driver’s license and comfort driving 12-passenger vans
Physical Demands :
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office and laboratory environments
  • Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed, with compensatory time off
  • Must be able to lift, on occasion, as needed, up to 20 lbs
The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:
  • Intellectual curiosity and a positive attitude
  • Enthusiasm for working as part of a multidisciplinary team that does science with communities to address relevant environmental issues
  • Creativity, initiative, and adaptability to contribute to a range of new and ongoing projects
  • Readiness to lead and work collaboratively with others in a variety of contexts and environments
To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the names of three references to Interfolio: . Review of applications will begin immediately and will proceed until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


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