Instructional Support Technician II

Location
Fresno
Posted
Sep 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Organizational Description:

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) prepares students to pursue a broad range of careers in academia, industry, government and teaching, by providing them with educational training and the indoor and outdoor opportunities to obtain a solid foundation in the Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Earth and Environmental Sciences are interdisciplinary, integrating principles of physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics, as well as quantitative and critical thinking skills, to address geological and environmental issues related to the solid earth, the oceans, and the atmosphere. To this end, the Department's programs and courses are designed to encompass a broad spectrum of basic scientific disciplines.

Overview:

Under general supervision by the Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Instructional Support Technician II (IST II) is expected to provide comprehensive support services to the department disciplines, which make extensive use of materials, supplies and equipment in both undergraduate and graduate laboratories and instructional courses.

The primary purpose of this position is to implement a full range of assignments that support the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Projects require an increased depth of knowledge of the disciplines, an understanding of laboratory techniques and methods, suitability of materials for related instructional needs and the ability to operate and perform routine maintenance of scientific equipment.

Position Summary:

	
  • Maintain and/or oversee the maintenance of various laboratory sample sets and equipment, including rock and mineral specimens, maps, petrographic microscopes, an X-ray diffractometer and X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, airscribe and air abrasive equipment, hydrology equipment, thin section making equipment, and various other field and electronic equipment items
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  • Produce petrographic thin sections
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  • Learn the operation of all such instruments, train others in their use, and learn to conduct minor repairs
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  • Manage field and laboratory equipment
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  • Serve as Department Safety Officer
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  • Purchase, inventory, and store laboratory supplies
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  • Provide field trip logistical support	
      		
    • For trips involving non-majors (e.g., EES 3), purchase and prepare food for as many as 65 people, reserves camp sites, sets up and maintain camp, procurement of vehicles and various field-related equipment
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  • Develop, manage, update, and maintain department educational displays in Science II building
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  • Other duties as assigned by the Chair of the Department or Dean of the College
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    	
  • Knowledge of the principles of performing support services in a laboratory setting
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  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques required of a university or comparable laboratory environment
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  • Knowledge of the materials, supplies and curriculum used in a university or comparable laboratory environment
  • Ability to:

    	
  • Plan, organize, and schedule activities
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  • Operate technical equipment related to the discipline
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  • Maintain records
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  • Adjust and perform simple maintenance of technical and scientific equipment
  • Education and Experience:

    	
  • Equivalent to two 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 Earth & Environmental Sciences; or
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  • 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 Earth & Environmental Sciences may be substituted for one year of the required experience; or
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  • 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 Earth & Environmental Sciences may be substituted for the two years of required experience
  • Preferred Skills:

    	
  • Bachelor's degree in Geology or related field of science
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  • Experience with arranging field trips for large groups
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  • Experience providing instructional support services in the discipline of Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Ability to:

    	
  • Curate mineral and rock specimens and maps
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  • Design educational displays
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  • Learn the operation of departmental equipment
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  • Learn to conduct basic maintenance and repairs
  • To apply, visit: http://jobs.csufresno.edu

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