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Salary/Rate: $2,950/mo @ 1.0 FTE
Serve as part of the team of lab staff serving the STEM Division in general, and the natural science programs in particular. Primary responsibilities are to biology and chemistry. Specifically, provide technical support for biology and chemistry faculty members in the preparation of laboratory classes by preparing media, solutions, and teaching materials; maintaining laboratory equipment preparing laboratories for use by students, faculty and staff; provide assistance to students and the general public when called upon to do so. Position requires management of student employees and working with faculty as colleagues.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
Twelve college credit hours with passing grades in a physical and/or life science, which included laboratory procedures, such as anatomy, biology, botany, chemistry, general science, geology, physics, or zoology; AND one year of laboratory experience which provided a knowledge of laboratory testing and/or demonstration methods and techniques.
BA or BS in related science field.
All Listed Duties:
Biology: Preparation of biology labs by consulting with faculty to determine the materials, equipment and reagents needed for assigned labs. Prepare and maintain inventory and prep sheets for assigned labs. Inventory media, reagents, and supplies needed for assigned lab. Work in cooperation with the store keeper to purchase or request the storekeeper to purchase materials needed. Research and purchase or work with vendors to make special parts or supplies needed for courses. Collect live specimens, prepared specimens, prepare media and solutions for assigned labs. Set up (and/or deliver) materials (including computers) and clean up assigned labs in a timely manner. Train and supervise student workers to help. Arrange and maintain second biology storeroom for staff and faculty use.
Biology: Maintain preserved teaching and research collections including the vertebrate, invertebrate, insect, herpetology, fish, herbarium, human anatomy and cadavers. Physically protect the specimens through freezing, visual checks, liquid additions and/or injections. Put the TC back in order or repair after classes have used the specimens. Repair, add or change damaged specimens. Work in cooperation with the store keeper to research, purchase or request the storekeeper to purchase materials needed. Consult with faculty to determine which projects to pursue including inventory, cataloging, updating according to new names and phylogeny. One of several people that is responsible for problems and upkeep of the collections room. Train and supervise student workers to help.
Chemistry: Preparation of chemistry labs by working in cooperation with the faculty and store keeper to determine the chemicals and reagents needed for labs, research and capstones. Prepare and maintain inventory and prep sheets, inventory reagents and chemicals and work in cooperation with the store keeper to purchase or request the storekeeper to purchase chemicals needed. Prepare solutions that may include unknowns, standardization, precision and accuracy. Train and supervise student workers to help with chemistry prep. Help provide storeroom assistance if necessary, time permitting.
Chemistry:Maintain the chemical storeroom by arranging proper storage of corrosives, oxidizers, flammables, etc. Maintain separate sections to store chemicals for special courses or faculty. Classify newly obtained chemicals for proper storage. Inventory and update chemical lists. Work with faculty and students to find the chemicals needed for class, research, and capstones. Work with the chemistry store keeper to determine, handle and properly store or dispose of hazardous wastes.
Biology & Chemistry: Perform the duties of the Science Building Safety and Chemical Hygiene Officer. Working with the CHP committee, direct the review, evaluation, and update of the Science Building Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP). Check or request checks and repair of building safety equipment. Train or arrange for training of new science personnel about safety, the CHP and hazardous communication. Work with the building manager and the Environmental Health and Safety Manager to address safety concerns from faculty and staff in the science building. Perform duties as a member of the University Occupational and Safety Advisory Committee.
Additional Duties as needed in Biology & Chemistry. For example: maintain plants, hang capstone posters, work with club to maintain first floor display, assist with chemistry departmental photography, and, alongside the faculty, give tours to outside groups.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime -Position classifications defined as “non exempt” *are *subject to overtime
The person holding this position is considered a
Internal Number: 7773
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