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Senior Laboratory Technician, Biology
Chabot-Las Positas Community College District in Hayward, California
Date Posted 08/25/2020
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Salary $4,556.85/month -  
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Title

Senior Laboratory Technician, Biology

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Job Location

Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Job Summary

The Chabot College Community

Chabot College is committed to educational equity in its academic programs and college services so that students may achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. Our equity work today builds upon a strong history: the Puente and Umoja programs were first created at Chabot College, and have since been replicated across the state. These programs have paved the way for a series of additional educational and student support programs intentionally focused on equity that thrive at Chabot College today. Chabot College is located in Hayward, California, the third most diverse city in the United States. We serve a highly diverse student population and are proud to be designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Information about the demographics of our campus community can be found here.

Serving our diverse community requires a culturally-responsive approach that recognizes the myriad strengths and assets that our students bring to the campus community. We do so by promoting a classroom and co-curricular learning environment that is inclusive, collaborative, engaging, and challenging, and where respect, dignity, and integrity are core values. We see students as producers of knowledge, not just consumers of knowledge. We work to reframe inequities as a problem of practice, and view the elimination of inequities as an individual and institutional responsibility.

Joining Our College Community

We seek equity-minded applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to an educational community.

We look for applicants who:
1. Value and intentionally promote diversity and consciousness of difference
2. Demonstrate cultural humility and an ongoing desire to improve cultural competence
3. Are dedicated to addressing issues of social justice
4. Accept their shared role and responsibility in addressing opportunity and achievement gaps experienced by students
5. Have experience and success in closing student equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices, or are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about implementing practices that achieve these goals
6. Actively seek to identify, disrupt, and remove institutional and/or systemic barriers that adversely impact historically marginalized communities
7. Empower the underrepresented and underserved
8. Foster students’ potential to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders
9. Believe that all people have the right to an education and work environment free from fear, harassment, or discrimination.

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is seeking a Laboratory Technician, Biology for Chabot College in Hayward, California.

Under direction, provide difficult instructional support assistance at the paraprofessional level to students
and faculty to ensure effective and efficient teaching/learning in the area of assignment; prepare materials and demonstrations for one or more assigned instructional areas; operate and demonstrate use of specialized equipment, supplies, and materials; assume budget responsibility for purchasing supplies and placing supply orders; provide assistance to students within the assigned subject area(s); ensure that instructional laboratory facilities, instruments, and equipment are effectively, efficiently, and safely maintained; and may provide lead direction to student assistants; and serve as Chemical Hygiene Officer. Positions in the Senior Laboratory Technician Class may be assigned a variety of assignments from those duties listed within the REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES section or a combination of those and other related work functions. Even though the same general level of difficulty and responsibility is found within each position, positions assigned to different disciplines are not interchangeable and each position has its own particular qualification requirements even though they are derived from a general minimum qualifications section. Each position is a separate and distinct classification as defined in Section 88001 of the Education Code of the State of California.


Senior Laboratory Technician positions are distinguished from the Laboratory Technician and Laboratory Coordinator by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. In comparison to the Laboratory Coordinator, positions at this level do not oversee the activities/assignments of other Laboratory Technicians. 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 procedures and policies of the work
unit. In comparison to the Laboratory Technician, positions in this class exercise greater levels of independence and involvement in budget activities and ordering of laboratory supplies and equipment for their department.

Representative Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1. Assist instructors in developing instructional materials within the assigned subject matter; prepare study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments; may
assist in grading exams and maintaining related records.
2. Assist instructors in one or more labs in the use and operation of equipment; familiarize new instructors with the organization of the preparation room, routine laboratory procedures, student
operations, and safety measures including to conduct faculty safety orientations; assist in the development and conduct of faculty general and safety orientation; assist faculty with the set up and organization of chemicals and equipment for laboratory practical experiments, examinations, and
demonstrations including prep work.
3. Ensure student compliance with laboratory policies, procedures and safety precautions; provide assistance to students on a variety of laboratory and course related matters; review student work in progress and assist in resolving problems; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory tools and equipment.
4. Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; clean floors, table tops, desks and furniture; perform routine and minor repairs on laboratory equipment; maintain, clean and test assigned equipment;
ensure safety of laboratory and stocks; perform security inspection.
5. Maintain and perform routine/preventive maintenance and lubrication of equipment as necessary and ensure all power equipment supporting the living organisms is operable.
6. Maintain proper storage of hazardous waste; monitor and dispose of chemicals and chemical waste; maintain and file appropriate material safety data sheets.
7. Care for living plants, animals and cultures as assigned; develop procedures for the care of living organisms including to research and develop procedures to handle contamination, disease, or pests; perform irrigation system repairs.
8. Prepares displays on bulletin boards.
9. Place and/or oversee the placement of supply orders for chemicals, living/preserved specimens, prepared materials, supplies, glassware, equipment and other instructional materials; maintain accounts with outside vendors, distributors, and service departments; maintain records of all program supplies and capital outlay purchases; monitor accounts to ensure programs stay within allotted funds; expedite invoices from various vendors for multiple instructional area; ensure all necessary paperwork is recorded and routed to accounts payable.
10. Respond to inquiries and requests for information; answer phones; relay messages for faculty and staff.
11. May assist in the design and implementation of new laboratory equipment.
12. Train and provide work direction to student workers as assigned.
13. May serve as Chemical Hygiene Officer.
14. Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Education and Experience

Any combination of the following would provide a typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities.


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by two years of college level course work in the assigned instructional field. Bachelor’s degree is desirable.


Four years of increasingly responsible experience working with materials and equipment in assigned instructional field. A bachelor’s degree may substitute for two years of experience in one or more of the assigned fields.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

1. Operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area.
2. Theories and applications of the assigned subject matter.
3. Principles and practices of laboratory operations.
4. Proper methods of storing equipment, materials and supplies used within the assigned laboratory.
5. Standard federal and state laws that affect safety and health with particular reference to the assigned laboratory activities.
6. Emergency first aid procedures.
7. Operation, maintenance, repair, and calibration of technical equipment.
8. Principles and methods of preventive maintenance.
9. Methods, materials, practices and tools of equipment repair.
10. Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
11. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
12. Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
13. Basic inventory and purchasing processes and procedures.

Ability to:

1. Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations for an assigned subject area.
2. Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments.
3. Operate and demonstrate the proper use of specialized equipment, tools, supplies and materials.
4. Provide assistance to students on matters related to assigned laboratories.
5. Apply the techniques of precise measurement and notation.
6. Perform mathematical calculations and take measurements with accuracy and precision.
7. Safely store, label, re-stock, and dispose of chemicals and hazardous waste according to established procedures.
8. Analyze laboratory procedures and make constructive suggestions for improvement.
9. Safely and effectively maintain and repair a variety of equipment related to assigned subject matter.
10. Operate, understand the mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area.
11. Maintain the cleanliness of assigned laboratory.
12. Interpret and apply department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
13. Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures.
14. Maintain an adequate inventory of materials for instructional programs.
15. Perform routine record keeping and report writing duties
16. Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
17. Supervise student assistants.
18. Work independently and collaboratively.
19. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
20. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
21. Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.

Job Work Schedule

40 hours/week, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., hours may vary depending on department needs, occasional evening and weekends required as needed, 12 months/year.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.


Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, solvents, noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work in or with water.


Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a laboratory setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate laboratory and office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; may require the wearing of safety glasses or goggles and rubber or plastic gloves.

EEO Statement

It is the policy of this District to provide equal opportunity in all areas of
employment practices and to assure that there shall be no discrimination against
any person on the basis of sex, ancestry, age, marital status, race, religious
creed, mental disability, medical condition (including HIV and AIDS), color,
national origin, physical disability, family or sexual preference status and other
similar factors in compliance with Title IX, Sections 503 and 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act, other federal and state non-discrimination regulations, and its
own statements of philosophy of objectives. The District encourages the filing of
applications by both sexes, ethnic minorities, and the disabled.

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Open Until Filled


Notification to Applicants

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District reserves the right to close or not fill any advertised position

Instructions for Personal Qualifications Statement

The purpose of the personal qualifications statement is for you to provide information on how your education and experience relate to the requirements and duties of the position. There is no form to complete. Applicants are requested to provide their personal qualifications statement by uploading a document, the same way as you do for your cover letter.

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