Science Laboratory Technician

Job description

Recruitment Type: Open (Internal and External applicants)

Special Instructions to Applicants


This is a Laboratory Technician position that is dedicated to the Anatomy and Physiology lab classes.

Note: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $3,943per month. Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on an annual basis, until the maximum step of $4,803 per month is reached on the salary schedule.

Position Title Science Laboratory Technician

Location Contra Costa College

Posting Number 0001061

# of Openings 1

Range 56

Salary $3,943.00 (1st Step)

Position Status Permanent

Overtime Status Non-Exempt (eligible)

Position Full-Time

# of Hours Scheduled Per Week 40

Work Schedule By Day and Work Hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Fridays can be flexible.

# of Months 10

Non-work Periods: 2 Months / 8 Weeks

EEO Job Category Technical/Paraprofessional

Employee Group Classified

Department C7002-Biological Sciences

Position Definition To operate a science laboratory and maintain equipment, tools, materials and supplies; provides assistance to faculty and students; selects, trains and supervises student assistants to work in science laboratories and storerooms.


Examples of Duties/Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Performs the timely preparation, set-up and issuing of materials, equipment and lockers for use in student laboratory demonstrations, experiments, exercises and exams.
  • Operates and demonstrates the use of specialized equipment and instruments commonly found in community college laboratories
  • Maintains a clean and safe learning environment in the laboratory, laboratory office and storage areas.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of records, logs and files related to supplies and equipment.
  • Monitors utilization of supplies to assure a well-stocked laboratory.
  • Prepares and manages a supply budget.
  • Prepares various media, cultures, solutions, and stains.
  • Assembles, tests, installs, operates and maintains laboratory equipment and materials.
  • Notifies appropriate personnel of needed repairs, maintenance, or any hazardous condition that exist in the laboratories.
  • Assists faculty in the planning and implementation of experimental design and preparation of laboratory exercises. 
  • Inspects areas for hazardous material spills.
  • Communicates with instructors, vendors and suppliers regarding science laboratory purchases, operations and equipment.
  • Provides appropriate student safety training; maintains records of training.
  • Collects, monitors, controls, labels, keeps detailed logs and stores and arranges for safe disposal of hazardous chemical, reagent and hazardous chemicals and biological waste.
  • Recruits, selects, trains and supervises assistants; schedules, assigns and reviews work to ensure optimal use of the lab.
  • Provides instructional guidance and assistance to individuals and small groups of science students; reinforces concepts, techniques and practical applications presented by the instructor.
  • Attends periodic training to maintain current knowledge of proper handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and related record keeping requirements.
  • Performs general clerical duties.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience


  • One (1) year of responsible experience in a college, public health, hospital, clinical or research setting performing discipline-specific tests and processes, including experience in workplace safety.


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a discipline relevant to assigned area, or equivalent.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Red Cross First Aid and CPR certificate.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, Cal OSHA Certification.

Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of

  • Methods, techniques and procedures used in the planning, development and delivery of a science laboratory program.
  • Subject matter and theoretical principles of assigned discipline.
  • Methods of gathering and presenting general statistical data.
  • Scientific laboratory equipment, materials, supplies, methods, practices and techniques.
  • Tools, materials and equipment used in the repair, calibration, and maintenance of science laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Principles, practices, and environmental health and safety regulations necessary to use and dispose of hazardous materials or work with laboratory equipment.
  • Modern software applications (Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
  • Principles of record keeping and budget administration.


Minimum Qualification-Ability To

  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Organize and prioritize laboratory activities.
  • Research, adapt, and apply laboratory methods, practices and techniques common to assigned department.
  • Perform routine and analytical work needed to prepare equipment and materials for laboratory assignments.
  • Effectively and safely operate, adapt, and maintain scientific equipment.
  • Understand the function of, operate, demonstrate, maintain, troubleshoot, repair and calibrate technical instruments.
  • Perform administrative work accurately and efficiently, including budget monitoring.
  • Interpret and apply policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Lift, move and manipulate objects and equipment within laboratory.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
  • Stay current with changing environmental health and safety regulations.
  • Safely handle, store and dispose of hazardous materials.
  • Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff, and with all individuals encountered in the performance of required duties.

Desirable Qualifications

• Ability to prepare lab solutions with correct dilutions.
• Experience with physiological laboratory equipment such as transducers, computer data recorders, EKG machines, and other similar equipment.
• Experience with physiological labs, including using students for blood pressure, EKG, respiration and exercise physiology.
• Experience with animal labs, specifically preparation of frogs for sciatic nerve, gastrocnemius skeletal muscle and cardiac labs.
• Knowledge of anatomical terminology and experience with identifying anatomical structures on models and cadavers.
• Experience with ordering lab materials and maintaining needed stocks of chemicals and supplies.
• Experience with working with students in the laboratory environment

Job Open Date: 12/08/2017

Job Close Date: 03/08/2018

Open Until Filled No

Diversity Statement

It is the District’s policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunity, and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identity, race, color, ancestry, religion, marital status, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, parental status, citizenship or because an individual is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

About Us

About the District
The mission of the Contra Costa Community College District is to transform lives by providing outstanding learning opportunities that nurture and empower all students to achieve their educational goals. The dedicated faculty, classified professionals and administrators in the District are committed to core values and action that promote excellence in learning and equitable student success. The District is committed to hiring and developing a diverse staff that understands that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive role models for all students; and creates an inclusive and supportive educational work environment for its students, employees, and the community it serves. 

Located in Contra Costa County, in the beautiful and diverse San Francisco East Bay area, the District serves the 1 million residents of the County through education, business partnerships and service in the community. The District first opened its doors in 1949 and is the second oldest and eighth largest multi-college community college district in California. The District consists of three colleges and two centers; Contra Costa College in San Pablo; Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill; Los Medanos College in Pittsburg; and the centers in Brentwood and San Ramon. The District Office located in downtown Martinez, supports the mission and functions of the colleges. 

As evidenced by the rich diversity in Contra Costa County, the District enrolls a highly diverse student population. Serving over 35,000 students a term, in fall 2014 the demographic make-up of the students was 11% Black/African American; 16% Asian/Pacific Islander; 30% Hispanic/Latino; 31% White/Caucasian; and 13% Other. 

The District actively encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve the dynamic student population and work collaboratively with existing colleagues that are equally dynamic and diverse. 

Contra Costa College
Contra Costa College is a dynamic, comprehensive community college with a diverse student population. The institution has served the communities of West Contra Costa County for more than 59 years. Most of the 8,500-plus students who attend the college come from local communities, but many also come from neighboring communities and from countries throughout the world. The college offers certificates and degree programs in 70 areas. It prepares students for immediate employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff are proud to be affiliated with an institution that has a tradition of excellence and a reputation for educating students to live and work in a diverse global environment. 

Diablo Valley College
DVC is committed to increasing student success. The college has distinguished itself as one of the nation’s most successful community colleges by offering incomparable transfer opportunities and exceptional career-technical programs. In both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon, a diverse student body engages with high-quality instruction and support services designed for excellence and equity in student learning. DVC’s career-technical programs keep pace with emerging technologies and skill requirements, while unparalleled transfer programs prepare students to be successful in four-year colleges and universities. DVC continuously ranks among the top transfer pathways to UC Berkeley. 

Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College, opened in 1974, is the newest campus of the Contra Costa Community College District. The college prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. LMC provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly-growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. Los Medanos College is known for its transferable general education program and career technical programs strongly connected with local business and industry. The college serves approximately 10,000 students.

Employee Benefits:

Insurance: The District offers health, vision, dental and life insurance for monthly classified employees and managers/supervisors and their eligible dependents. Monthly classified employees and managers/supervisors covered by another health medical plan may waive District coverage and receive a monthly cash stipend.

Retirement: Most employees are members of the PERS (Public Employees Retirement System). Faculty employees and Academic Managers are members of the STRS (State Teachers Retirement System). Police Service employers are members of Safety Public Employees Retirement System.

Deferred Compensation: The District offers two optional deferred compensation plans. Eligible employees have a choice of the 457, 403b plans and a selection of savings and investment options.

Leave Allowance: The District offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors a generous vacation and sick leave benefits as well as 20 paid holidays annually (which can vary based on length of winter break).

Additional Benefits: The District also offers monthly eligible classified employees and managers/supervisors educational reimbursements, employee assistance programs, a travel assistance plan, longevity compensation, retiree benefits, employee discounts on health memberships and a comprehensive wellness program.

Agency Shop: Local One Classified positions are within a collective bargaining unit. Local One employees are required to join the union or pay an equivalent service fee. This is a one-time initiation fee of $45.00 and monthly contributions of 1% of gross pay + $1. The United Faculty positions are also within a collective bargaining unit. United Faculty employees are required to join the union or pay an equivalent service fee. The monthly contribution is an agency fee of .55 % of gross pay + $2.50.

For further information regarding benefits eligibility and details please refer to the following documents available on the 4CD website:

Classified Employees Local 1 Contract(Article 20-Benefits):

Managers/Supervisors/Confidential Personnel Manual (Section 8-Insurance Benefits):



All job offers of employment are conditional upon the applicant’s satisfactory results of the Post Offer Pre-Placement Evaluation Program. This involves a physical strength test to demonstrate a minimum level of strength to perform the essential duties of the job. There is no charge for this service. Please do not make an appointment for testing until you have received notification from the Human Resources Department after a job offer is extended. The positions we currently evaluate are: Building Maintenance Worker, Custodian I and II, Lead Custodian, Cook, Food Services Assistant, Food Services Supervisor, Food Services Supply Clerk, Food Services Coordinator, Grounds Worker/ Gardener I and II, Senior/ Lead Grounds Worker/Gardener, Lead Maintenance Mechanic, Senior Equipment Maintenance Worker. If you are not hired in a listed classification, you may disregard this notification.

ADA Accommodations

In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to (925) 229-1000 ext. 1298 or [email protected]. For administrative purposes, requests must be made at the time of application.





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Posted: 2/20/2018
Application Due: 4/21/2018
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