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Laboratory Support Technician - Applied Environmental Science

California State University, Monterey Bay
California, United States
Salary Not specified
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Oct 18, 2021

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Laboratory Support Technician - Applied Environmental Science

Classification: Instructional Support Technician II - 11/12 mo. pay plan
Department Name: Applied Environmental Science
Job Number: MB2021-TA2724
Status:  Open Until Filled. Apply today! Application Screening Begins: July 7, 2021
Priority Screening Date: 07/06/2021
Recruitment Status: Apply today! Application Screening Begins: July 7, 2021

Position Description:
Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement through project-based learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. The university's Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB's sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The university's faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below market rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.
Under the general supervision of the Dean of the College of Science and the work direction of the Chair of the Department of Applied Environmental Sciences, the Laboratory Support Technician shall provide comprehensive services in support of a range of majors and general education laboratory and field courses within the Department of Applied Environmental Sciences
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepare, set-up, and clean up materials for labs and field courses that include environmental science, geology, hydrology, and physics, and/or other related fields as needed. Document lab set-ups and organize materials for future labs. Work with faculty and staff to plan, coordinate, and troubleshoot lab activities. Proactively plan ahead to meet multiple deadlines and priorities.

  • Accurately maintain existing inventories of lab materials, supplies, equipment, and chemicals. Organize materials and lab spaces in collaboration with other lab staff. Provide specifications for ordering laboratory materials, reagents, and lab and field equipment. Assist in scheduling and checkout of shared resources among multiple users; which may include the scheduling of vehicles for field courses.

  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and perform minor repairs on specialized lab and field instrumentation, including computer interfaces for data collection. May interact with repair technicians from outside the department.

  • Develop familiarity with safety aspects of all materials, equipment, and procedures used in science labs and fieldwork. Organize and update safety information for access by students, instructors, and staff. Prepare biological and chemical hazards for disposal as needed, acting in compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines. Share safety information with staff, faculty, and students.

  • Maintain geological specimens and natural history collections.

  • Provide training as necessary for faculty, staff, and students in the use of specialized instrumentation and protocols. Train student workers in safety aspects of specialized procedures.

Other Functions:
Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles of performing support services; knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques related to the discipline and the curriculum; knowledge of the materials and supplies in the curriculum and the curriculum and their uses.
Ability to: plan, organize, and schedule activities; ability to operate technical equipment related to the discipline; ability to maintain records; ability to adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical and scientific equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Equivalent to three years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to the area to which assigned.


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 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 discipline related to the area to which assigned may be substituted for two years of the required experience.

Specialized Skills:
Ability to: adjust, trouble-shoot, and perform simple maintenance of scientific instrumentation and field gear; pay attention to detail and follow verbal and written instructions; work both independently and interdependently in a rapidly evolving setting; read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position; communicate verbally and in writing in a cooperative, professional, and tactful manner within a diverse team of students, faculty, and support staff.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Environmental Science, Ecology, Physical Science, or related scientific discipline with upper-division laboratory coursework in environmental science, physics, geology, biology, marine science, or closely related discipline with at least two (2) years of experience as a laboratory technician where duties included direct responsibility for preparing labs for college courses in environmental science, ecology, physics, geology or closely related discipline. Experience maintaining geological or natural history collections or biological specimens. Experience operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting lab instrumentation used in college-level science courses. Experience handling chemicals and hazardous waste safely; specifying scientific supplies and equipment for procurement; and with the safe operation of hand and power tools. Experience with RSS or equivalent chemical inventory database and experience with tracking scientific supplies and equipment.
Technical fluency in the use of Microsoft Office Professional, including with Excel and Access, or similar programs; Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, Forms, etc.); Oracle-PeopleSoft/Common Management System or equivalent student, HR and Financial information systems; intranet drives; and internet browsers.

Special Conditions of Employment:
  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • 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.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:
    • responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property;
    • access to controlled or hazardous substances;
    • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards; and
    • responsibility for operating commercial vehicles, machinery or equipment that could pose environmental hazards or cause injury, illness, or death.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University’s liability coverage.
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.


Position requires frequent movement; bending; climbing; reaching; standing; lifting objects up to 40 pounds; and applying force. Office environment with standard equipment and tasks. Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time. Requires travel between campus offices and off-campus locations.


This position requires, but is not limited to, performing work indoors and outdoors in a variety of local weather conditions and environments. Must participate in all OSHA and University safety programs, as required, and follow all work safety guidelines. Involves working with chemicals; compressed gases; biological materials; glass and other sharps. Work involves use and maintenance of scientific equipment, risk of being exposed to fire, fumes, chemical and biological hazards, and electrical shock.

There are components of this job which are deemed essential on campus. This position will primarily work on the main campus, with occasional work from home. This position requires working on campus with students. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. In the fall, students, faculty, staff, and the community can expect that masks will be required and that the appropriate degree of social distancing will be in place in all areas based on evolving guidance. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to campus. All community members who work or attend class on campus should expect to participate in a random or periodic testing system. CSUMB will communicate more information about vaccination requirements and testing protocols when the details become available.

Compensation and Benefits:
  • Type of Appointment: Probationary, Full-Time
  • Collective Bargaining Unit: Technical and Support Services (CSUEU)
  • Anticipated Hiring Salary: Low- to Mid-$4,000’s/month
  • CSU Salary Range
  • FLSA Status: Non-exempt

CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, dental and vision plans; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. For more information, visit CSU System Benefits. Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Employee Housing for more information and to view the Schoonover Park photo gallery.

How to Apply:
To apply, visit

For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389. All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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