Instructional Support Technician III

Note: This is a full-time (40 hours per week), probationary, non-exempt position

Note: Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.

Organizational Description:

With agriculture in the spotlight more than ever before, theJordan College enrollment has doubled in size the last decade and providesa record+2,500 students with aquality, hands-on education in the nation's leading and most diverse agricultural area.

The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology's seven departments offersoutstanding programs to prepare leaders in the traditional areas of agriculture, including animal science, plant science, agricultural education, viticulture and agricultural business.

We also offer distinguished programs in areas uniquely related to agriculture, including industrial technology, food science and nutrition, enology, child development, family science and fashion merchandising.

Graduate Laboratory

Located on the northeast edge of the main Fresno State campus, the Graduate Laboratory provides students, faculty, and staff with an array of sophisticated equipment along with technical support for both undergraduate and graduate-level education and research. Within the facility are several smaller labs: They include a main analytics lab for general laboratory work such as plant, soil and water analysis. Other units are a plant science lab for conducting plant tissue analysis; the animal science lab for research such as SEM sample preparation and special projects; a media preparation lab for preparing microbiological media and other chemical solutions; and a soils lab for assaying soil chemical components, moisture and other characteristics.

Jordan Agricultural Research Center

Emphasizing student, faculty and industry research partnershipsand made possible by a generous gift from the Bud and Dee Jordan family, the $24.5 million Jordan Agricultural Research Center is the first of its kind on a CSU campus.

Designed to change and grow with the latest scientific needs, the 30,000-foot facility opened in 2016 to link agriculture, science, mathematics and engineering students and faculty with industry leaders to nurture a cohesive research environment.

California Agricultural Technology Institute

The Jordan College supports an array of vibrant research endeavors led by both veteran and newly-appointed faculty and staff research scientists. A major campus-based program operates under the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI). The institute is dedicated to improving the economic efficiency, productivity and profitability of California agriculture and its allied industries. The Institute includes three centers:

  • The Institute for Food and Agriculture- plays a vital research role in helping California's agribusiness industry embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges posed by increasingly competitive global trade.
  • The Center for Irrigation Technology - an independent research and testing facility assisting designers, manufacturers and users of irrigation equipment in making the technological advances needed to keep pace with a growing, changing world.
  • The Viticulture and Enology Research Center - serves the grape and wine industry by developing and applying new and emerging technologies in viticulture, enology and their related disciplines.

University Agricultural Laboratory

Our 1,000-acre on-campus University Agricultural LaboratorygivesJordan College students, classes and faculty unparalleled access to the nation's most productive and diversified agricultural area through study, research and work experience.

The on-campus animal units (beef cattle, dairy, swine, poultry, quarter horses,sheep) are managed 24/7 by students, staff and faculty. The UAL also includes table, raisin and wine grape vineyards, tree fruit and nut orchards, vegetable and row crops (that produce our state-wide renowned sweet corn), a horticulture unit, greenhouse and tissue culture laboratory).

Fresh student-made products from these units and our award-winning Fresno State winery,dairy, creamery and food processing centers are available year-round at our Gibson Farm Market on campus.

The UAL's 20 working enterprises also host 80 class sections from our different departments and utilize 130 students who work approximately 80,000 hours each year.The orchards and vineyards all utilize drip irrigation technology that showcase the latest industry advances often tied to partnerships created by our campus irrigation research center.


Under the general supervision of the Jordan College Dean, the technician positions would provide comprehensive instructional support services for laboratory sections of undergraduate courses in the departments of Plant Science, Animal Science, Food Science and Nutrition and Viticulture and Enology, for the inter-departmental, graduate Lab Techniques course, as well as facilitate research by students and faculty in the Graduate Laboratory and the Jordan Agricultural Research Center.

Position Summary:

  • Purchase chemical reagents, prepare chemical solutions, develop and test laboratory protocols and lab set-up prior to class or research projects
  • Train graduate students on laboratory analyses specific to their research area and locating suitable instrumentation, as well as the development of appropriate quality control procedures
  • Trouble shoot and/or perform minor repairs on laboratory instrumentation and field equipment and in the case of new equipment, assist with installation and the development of proper operating procedures
  • Responsible for maintenance and major repairs of laboratory equipment, in cooperation with skilled equipment technicians
  • Maintain refrigeration, environmental control, power, and/or backup support for sensitive materials and equipment located at the Graduate Laboratory and Jordan Agricultural Research Center
  • Provide secondary support for research carried out at the Jordan Agricultural Research Center (JARC), and work in cooperation with the technician supporting the JARC, as needed

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and methods related to performing support services
  • Knowledge of the principles, information, methods and techniques related to discipline to which assigned
  • Knowledge of the materials and supplies related to the curriculum, their characteristics, and uses

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize and schedule work; ability to operate and repair technical and scientific equipment
  • Coordinate support services to meet an extensive variety of needs
  • Develop off-campus resources related to the discipline for obtaining materials or equipment

Education and Experience:

  • Equivalent to four 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 specialty area to which assigned, or	
    • 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 assigned may be substituted for one year of the required experience, or
    • 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 specialty area assigned may be substituted for two years of the required experience

Preferred Skills:

  • Sufficient knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory analysis and equipment operation and maintenance to allow the individual to assume operational responsibility for the Graduate Laboratory, the JARC, and teaching labs belonging to the College
  • A bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline that includes laboratory work in its curriculum; ideally, Chemistry or Biochemistry; or Biological or Agricultural Sciences if a strong background in analytical instrumentation can be demonstrated either in the academic program or work experience
  • Minimum of two years of experience in research laboratory work related to agricultural, environmental or food sciences or technology; or instructional support related to these areas
  • Sufficient knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory analysis and equipment operation and maintenance to allow the individual to assume operational responsibility for the Graduate Laboratory, JARC, and teaching labs belonging to the College

Ability to:

  • Effectively train and supervise students to assist with laboratory support tasks
  • Assist faculty in developing new laboratory exercises or approaches involving laboratory equipment
  • Operate and maintain research equipment in the college
  • Develop analytical protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP's)
  • Develop quality control and quality assurance procedures
  • Maintain records, including an equipment inventory
  • Upgrade laboratory equipment and associated software
  • Work with technicians in other Colleges to share resources

Filing Deadline:

August 13, 2017

Application Procedures:

Complete the required fields on the online application, a resume, and three professional references, including telephone numbers, are required. A cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position is also required. Full consideration will not be given to applicants who fail to complete all application requirements.

Pursuant to Executive Order 1088, reasonable accommodation is to be provided upon request from an employee or applicant with disabilities, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the campus. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation is to be determined by the campus on a case-by-case basis after it has received the individual's request for accommodation and engaged in an interactive process. Employees or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources directly at (559) 278-2032.

How To Apply:

To apply for this or any open position at Fresno State visit our online employment site at:

Other Requirements:

Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility to be employed in the United States.

California State University, Fresno, in conjunction with the CSU policy, requires that the successful candidate complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may impact the job offer or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive.

California State University, Fresno annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Fresno State, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Campus Police Department or by accessing the following web site:

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. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Other Applicant Information:

Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application materials via automatic email reply. In addition, qualified applicants will receive email notification at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

It is the policy of the California State University to fill vacant positions represented by the California State University Employees' Union (CSUEU) with qualified applicants currently employed on the campus. Other applicants may be selected when it is necessary to meet the best interests of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from campus applicants.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment, on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004-12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about these proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders.

Further, California State University, Fresno's statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.

General Information:

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to offer high-quality educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor's and master's levels, and in certain applied disciplines, at the doctoral level. The current student enrollment is approximately 24,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and world. California State University, Fresno promotes student learning and community engagement through faculty scholarship and service learning opportunities in collaboration with community organizations, educational institutions, industry, business and government. The University was one of the first U.S. Colleges and Universities to be selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement Classification.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 600,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


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