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Employer:  South Orange Community College District.
City:  Mission Viejo
State/Province:  California
Country:  United States
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Environmental Science
Industries:  Other/Not Classified
Required Education:  Bachelors Degree
Required Work Experience:  2 to 5 years
Job Description: 

Saddleback College

Senior Laboratory Technician, Environmental Studies (one or more positions)

Initial Screening Date 04/07/2017


PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at


Summary Description:

Under direction from the assigned instructor, performs complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area; exercises judgment and initiative in coordinating labs and other instructional facilities and materials within the assigned area; provides a high level of academic assistance to assigned instructors; may oversee and provide lead direction to Lab Technician positions.


Positions in the Senior Lab Technician class are distinguished from the Lab Technician by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity and range of duties assigned. Employees assume greater responsibility for more technical aspects of a learning program, perform at a skill level with a considerable degree of independence, and operate complex apparatus, equipment and machines. In addition, the Senior Lab Technician must possess extensive technical and academic training and experience in the assigned field, set up complex labs such as chemistry or biology, handle hazardous materials, oversee and manage assigned budgets, specify, order and inventory laboratory equipment, supplies and materials and provide significant academic and technical assistance to assigned instructors. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility and are fully aware of the operating policies and procedures of the work unit.


Knowledge of:

• Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory.

• Advanced theories and applications of the assigned scientific discipline.

• Advanced principles and practices of laboratory operations.

• Methods and techniques used in handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals.

• Proper methods of storing equipment, materials, chemicals and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.

• Advanced mathematical principles and scientific concepts.

• Properties and safe handling of bio hazardous and pathogenic materials. 

• Electronics and related repair techniques.

• Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.

• Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

• Basic principles and practices of budget preparation and administration. 

• Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.


Ability to:

• Perform complex technical work in an instructional learning environment for a highly technical or complex subject area.

• Perform duties at an advanced skill level with a considerable degree of independence. Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.

• Provide assistance to instructors in the development of laboratory experiments and demonstrations.

• Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.

• Safely mix, dispense and store solutions for chemistry lab experiments. Properly store and dispose of hazardous chemicals and materials. Troubleshoot and repair electronic, optical and mechanical equipment. Anticipate resource needs of the department and individual instructors.

• Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area.

Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations. Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.

• Participate in budget preparation and administration.

• Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.



Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in biology, general science, environmental studies/science or a related field.



Three years of increasingly responsible experience in monitoring and implementing a laboratory program.


To Apply:

Please visit the District’s Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.  


NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.  





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