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Open Positions

Job Title:Lab Assistant
Posting Date:7/1/2013
Department:Math, Science, & Engineering
Job Location:Bldg 15
Department Location:Bldg 15
Supervisor:Mike Flodin
Contact Name:Diane Valdez
Category:State Work Study
Minimum Wage:$10.85
Maximum Wage:$10.85

These positions help provide support for the natural and physical science classes in the Science and Engineering department (biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics courses).

All employees will:

  • Wash and put away glassware and supplies.
  • Help keep labs and preparation areas clean, stocked and organized.
  • Help prepare and put away labs for science courses.
  • Learn laboratory techniques, procedures and equipment use.
  • Working with or around live plants and animals including reptiles, rodents and insects may be required.
  • Working with or around preserved animal specimens may be required.
  • Possible additional duties depending on qualifications and abilities:
  • Creating science displays in the science building.
  • Cleaning, maintenance and operation of science laboratory supplies and equipment, such as general lab equipment, marine and freshwater aquaria.
  • Help clean and maintain greenhouse (includes watering, pruning, fertilizing, and pest control ).
  • Learn chemical and biological techniques and procedures (includes handling of chemicals and/or bacterial cultures).
  • Assist with preparation of microbiological media.
  • Learn treatment and disposal of biological hazardous wastes (bacterial cultures).
  • Organize/inventory laboratory equipment, supplies and/or reagents.
  • Clerical duties such as computer tasks, sorting and filing paperwork, main office reception, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion (B- or better) of a 100 level natural science course, or related work experience/training (lab work or rigorous/AP high school course). 
  • English language fluency (Assessment at or above ENGL 095 and READ 095 or successful completion of ENGL 085 and READ 085 or EAP 155 and EAP 159 with a C+ grade or better).
  • Ability to work safely and independently after initial training, including the commitment to adhering to lab safety policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work with Microsoft Office applications, such as Word and Excel.
  • The ability to stand for long periods of time, to stoop and bend, and to lift and carry up to 20lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Students majoring in science or allied health disciplines.
  • Enrollment in or completion of higher level science coursework (general biology,
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