Lab Technician

College of the Sequoias
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Closing date
Jul 20, 2033

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Lab Technician

Salary: $51,745.00 Annually
Job Type:
Job Number: 5989-c-07/21
Closing: 8/2/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
Location: Tulare, CA
Department: Tulare College Center

General Description
General Description
Under the supervision of the Dean of the Science Division and the Tulare Provost and with input from professors, the Lab Technician will perform responsible work in the planning of lab set-ups for chemistry, biology, plant science, agriculture and other science-related labs; maintain laboratories, stockrooms, instrument rooms; provide work direction and guidance to student assistants.

This position is assigned to the Tulare College Center, Full-Time 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., 12-months. Initial placement is at $51,745.00.

College of the Sequoias Community College District serves a diverse community of learners and is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution. COS provides a wide range of opportunities in transfer, general education, career and technical programs for our students. We are dedicated to recruiting employees who are committed to helping a diverse population of students achieve their educational goals. We seek candidates who exhibit an understanding and commitment to the community college mission, and who have a passion for student success.

Job Duties
Job duties of the Lab Technician include:
  • Plan lab set-ups for science, agriculture and other classes according to established guidelines.
  • Prepare or oversee student preparation of chemicals, solutions, unknowns, etc. for each lab procedure, demonstration and lab exam.
  • Oversee the removal of lab set-ups; clean labs and classrooms; assure proper disposal of chemicals.
  • Purchase local supplies for labs; calibrate instruments as necessary.
  • Maintain laboratories, stockrooms and instrument rooms; oversee routine clean-up of assigned areas to assure security, health and safety requirements are met; check all instruments and obtain service if needed.
  • Assist teachers and students in the use of a variety of equipment, materials and supplies in the instructional setting; provide assistance to students according to instructions by teachers.
  • Prepare and issue material and equipment for student use; maintain records of materials and equipment used by students.
  • Maintain current inventory of equipment, audio-visual materials, specimens, supplies and chemicals; oversee and assure security of laboratory equipment and process claims according to established procedures and guidelines; monitor budgets and inform instructors of budget status; communicate with vendors; research and purchase equipment and supplies as assigned.
  • Perform instructional support duties; develop and implement ideas for new labs; develop audio-visual materials and models for classroom use; set up demonstrations for lectures; test new and used available software for classroom or instructor applications.
  • Coordinate communications to assure efficient and appropriate operation of labs; assist students with replacement of broken or missing locker items and other necessary items; communicate with College departments and support services; communicate with local schools, medical and chemical labs to borrow or loan supplies or chemicals; contact federal and State agencies to maintain or dispose of hazardous substances; contact others to receive or provide information.
  • Assist the Dean in implementing the Chemical Hygiene Plan.
  • Adjust, maintain and perform minor repair to equipment; report major repair needs or arrange for repairs according to established procedures.
  • Prepare and maintain various records and reports related to laboratory operations and activities as required.
  • Assist in the coordination of the use of lab facilities, assuring the availability of appropriate supplies and equipment.
  • Train and provide work direction to student workers and other personnel as assigned; hire, assign and review work.
  • Operate a variety of equipment related to the specialized area of assignment; prepare solutions for assigned labs.
  • Maintain the division's website ensuring the information is current and accurate.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience):

Any combination equivalent to:

  • Two years college-level course work with emphasize in chemistry and/or biology and
  • Two years practical experience in a college science laboratory.

Working Conditions:
  • Science Lab environment
  • Exposure to volatile compounds
Physical Abilities
  • Ability to lift up to 10 lbs
  • Ability to move from site to site
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to reach and retrieve files
  • Ability to monitor students during lab activities
  • Ability to communicate with students and staff
  • Ability to operate lab equipment
  • Hazardous chemicals, toxic substances, gases and chemical fumes.

Knowledge and Abilities
The hiring committee is seeking evidence of the following:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles, practices, procedures and equipment of a variety of science labs.
  • Gas chromatograph and FT-IR in organic chemistry.
  • Current regulations and laws pertaining to regulated substances and chemical wastes.
  • Safety regulations involving area of specialty.
  • Principles and practices of providing work direction and training.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • District organization, operations, policies and objectives.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Proper handling and disposal of hazardous waste and chemicals.
  • Basic purchasing procedures and budget management.
  • Proper operation of computer terminals and applicable software.
  • Basic computer skills.
Ability to:
  • Plan lab set-ups for inorganic and organic chemistry and physical sciences classes according to established guidelines.
  • Prepare or oversee student preparation of chemicals, solutions, unknowns, etc. for each lab procedure, demonstration and lab exam.
  • Operate lab equipment.
  • Oversee the removal of lab set-ups and return to proper areas or dispose of appropriately.
  • Provide information and assistance to students and staff.
  • Assure the care and security of assigned equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Maintain learning equipment in proper working order.
  • Issue and receive equipment and supplies.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Work independently and with little direction.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Meet schedules and time lines.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Assign and review the work of others.

Application Procedure
To be considered applicants must submit ALL of the following required material before or by the filing deadline:

  • An online job application.
  • Letter of interest, which addresses how the applicant's experience and/or education enables him/her to be able to perform the job duties.
  • Resume
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts of all college/university work. Official transcripts required upon employment.

Recruitment Analyst: John Bratsch 559-730-3830

To apply, visit

COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The College of the Sequoias Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. 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 subject to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, gender, color, language, accent, citizenship status, ancestry national origin, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, parental status, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability or medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics.

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College of the Sequoias is a two-year California community college offering educational and enrichment programs for the residents of its district in Tulare and Kings counties. The college was established in 1925 and moved to its current 62-acre main campus site in Visalia in 1940.

In addition to the campus in Visalia, COS operates a full-service center in Hanford that is also home to the college's police and fire academies.

COS also opened its Tulare College Center in January 2013. It is a full-service college center and the home of COS' agriculture program

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