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Laboratory Technician - Science

Company: Los Rios Community College District
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Job Description:

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Posting Title
Laboratory Technician - Science

Los Rios Community College District (American River College)

Department Location
Science & Engineering

Posting Number

Position Type
Classified (Regular)

Temporary Position Category

The Institution

Founded in 1955, American River College (ARC) is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Sacramento region, serving about 30,000 diverse students each fall and spring at its main campus and centers.

Our Strengths
The College has an outstanding record for academic quality and is among the top community colleges in the state for transferring students to the University of California and California State University systems. The College offers education and support for students to strengthen basic skills, earn associate degrees and certificates, transfer to other colleges and universities, and achieve a career as well as other academic and personal goals. ARC also has a strong reputation for its wide array of career programs in areas such as Healthcare, Hospitality, Human Services, Business and Computer Science, Public Safety, Applied Arts, Advanced Transportation and Manufacturing, and Apprenticeship.

Our Vision
Our vision is to transform the future of all students and our community through inclusive, equitable education. The College seeks individuals who share our mission of placing students first by providing an academically rich, inclusive environment that inspires critical thinking, learning and achievement, and responsible participation in the community.

Our Commitment to Social Justice and Equity
American River College strives to uphold the dignity and humanity of every student and employee. We are committed to equity and social justice through equity-minded education, transformative leadership, and community engagement. We believe this commitment is essential to achieving our mission and enhancing our community. The College seeks candidates who are committed to culturally inclusive practices and serving the ARC student population. Faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in the ongoing development of their professional skills. The College thus supports employee engagement in a broad range of trainings, workshops, and activities such as the Equity Action Institute, the New Faculty Academy, and the Classified Leadership Academy. Also, faculty and staff regularly participate in trainings offered through the College's Center for Teaching and Learning and its Instructional Technology Center.

Position Summary
Under general supervision of the assigned manager/supervisor, performs specialized and technical duties in the operation and maintenance of science instructional laboratories and stockrooms including hazardous material storage, clean up, and disposal. Prepares, receives, stocks, and issues laboratory supplies, materials, and equipment; coordinates budgetary requisitions and expenditures for laboratory supplies and equipment, repairs, alterations, preventative maintenance contracts, and blanket purchase orders; and trains and directs student help.

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$4,509.53 per month.

Additional Salary Information
No additional salary information to note

Additional Information
This role reports to the Physics Department

American River College is committed to employees:

  • Actively demonstrating a commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Engaging in self-reflection and continuous improvement regarding individuals and their cultural competence.
  • Exercising responsibility and accountability for actions.
  • Viewing students, ALL students, as equally capable and worthy of our care, time and energy.
  • Demonstrating appreciation and respect for others' perspectives and lived experiences.

    Los Rios Community College District offers competitive salaries and a very comprehensive employee benefits package to include medical insurance, CalPERS retirement, and opportunities for additional insurance and financial investments.

    Full-time, twelve-month employees receive 18 days of annual paid holidays, 15 days' vacation yearly (with increases after 5 & 10 years), and 8 hours of sick leave per month. Los Rios also offers professional development opportunities with the district and financial support and/or paid time off to complete external academic studies. You are eligible for the aforementioned benefits as a regular employee with a permanent assignment of 0.50 FTE or greater. To calculate this position's FTE, take the number of hours per week divided by 40, to get the percentage of hours worked. Then take the number of months worked divided by 12, to get the percentage of work year. Then take the percentage of hours worked multiplied by the percentage of months worked to get the position's FTE (e.g., a position that is 30 hours per week with a work year of 10 months: 30/40 = 0.75; 10/12 = 0.8333; 0.75 * 0.8333 = 0.625 FTE). For the full LRCEA contract agreement details .

    Assignment Responsibilities
    Generates purchase orders for supplies, materials, and equipment needed for laboratories; and prepares instructional materials and equipment for instructor demonstrations and student use. Organizes and facilitates the collection, clean up, and disposal of biohazardous or toxic chemical waste; interfaces with hazardous waste disposal vendors; adheres to state and local laws and regulations relating to health and safety, and safe storage and disposal of hazardous materials; and maintains the stockroom and laboratory in a safe, clean, and orderly condition, which includes functional checks on safety equipment such as eyewash stations, showers, fire extinguishers and hoods. Assures availability of supplies, materials, and equipment needed for laboratories; and provides training for instructors and new technicians in stockroom operation. Prepares and issues materials and equipment for student use; and cleans, sterilizes, performs minor repairs to, adjusts, and maintains laboratory and stockroom equipment. Trains and provides direction to student help as assigned; operates a variety of equipment related to the science lab and stockroom; orders, receives, and stores supplies, materials, and equipment; communicates results of tests and analyses; and prepares and maintains various records and reports related to laboratory operations, including records of storeroom expenditures and consumable materials use. Operates a computer for word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications; and maintains supply, materials, and equipment inventories and related accountability records in a scientific storeroom. Controls expenditures within the assigned budget allocation; and provides data for and prepares budget estimates. Operates a motor vehicle as needed; meets with science faculty, Instructional Assistants, and other Laboratory Technicians to assist in the design and development of experiments and demonstrations; and performs related duties as required.

    Biology: Prepares and maintains microbial cultures and media; prepares solutions; handles living organisms; works with preserved organisms; moves and relocates biological models; operates autoclaves; cleans lab and stockroom glassware and equipment; and uses dissecting tools.

    Chemistry: Prepares materials for instructors including solutions, solids, unknowns, and associated demonstration materials; prepares standard volumetric solutions and reagents used in labs; tests and analyzes chemical and physical properties of liquids, solids, and gasses; maintains a chemical library for students to check out various items needed for their labs or homework; assigns lockers each semester to the various labs; performs minor maintenance and keeps inventory on lockers and usage; maintains breakage cards for instructors in order to monitor glassware breakage and shortages.

    Physics: Prepares equipment and materials for instructors; assembles items for demonstration and lab use; repairs equipment using basic electronics skill; calculates data to compare with expected values; maintains sensors and probes; and may work with nuclear materials.

    Work Year
    12 month

    Work Schedule
    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

    Total Hrs per Week/Day
    40 hours per week

    Special Requirements
    Possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License in compliance with Los Rios Board Regulation R-8343; employment is contingent upon meeting the requirements of Los Rios Board Regulation R8343. This position may require operating a District or personal vehicle in order to complete assigned work within the scope of the position duties.

    Any offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a medical evaluation.

    Minimum Qualifications

    EXPERIENCE: One year of responsible and successful work experience in a science laboratory or stockroom, or equivalent training.

    EDUCATION: Completion of two years of college education, with 19 semester units in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics. NOTE: Additional experience or education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required experience or education.

    Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, including those with physical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences in learning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusive educational and employment environment.

    (Experience Requirement: One year of experience is equal to 12 months of experience at 40 hours per week. Applicable part-time experience will be converted to the full-time equivalent for purposes of meeting the experience requirement. Education Requirement: One year of education is equal to 30 semester units.)

    Education must be from an accredited institution.

    Application Instructions
    Applicants applying to this position are REQUIRED to complete and submit:
  • A Los Rios Community College District Application
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest


    • Applications submitted without all required documents, listed above, will be disqualified.
    • Applicants indicating "see resume" on the application will not have that referenced experience considered for minimum qualifications, which may lead to the application being disqualified.
    • Only information (education, experience, etc.) listed on the application will be considered for minimum qualifications.
    • Applicants, including current Los Rios Community College District employees, are required to provide official transcripts, if required to meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
    • Applicants are required to submit official transcripts within 60 days of the time of hire.
    • Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not be accepted as official transcripts.
    • Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees, and other relevant documents.
    • A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreign course work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or university in the United States.
    • Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies or evaluators. For additional information on foreign transcript evaluations .

      Do not submit additional materials that are not requested.

      Posting Detail Information

      Posting Date

      Closing Date

      Open Continuously

      Beginning On (or About)

      Ending Date, if Temporary or Interim

      How and where to apply
      Please visit our for complete information on how to apply online with our District. If you need assistance with any phase of the application process, please call (916) 568-3112 during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday.

      After hour inquiries should be emailed to Submission of applications are by 11:59 p.m., of the posting closing date.

      Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearance from a criminal background check and proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States prior to the first day of work. Tuberculosis (TB) risk assessment and Certificate of Completion must be obtained within 15 days from the start of employment. The District may select additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occur. When education is a requirement for the position, official academic transcripts from the accredited institution must be submitted within 60 days of hire.

      For the latest information on Los Rios Community College's COVID-19 protocol, please visit .


      Supplemental Questions

      Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • *
      Can you perform the essential functions of the position you are applying to with or without reasonable accommodations?

      • Yes
      • No

      • *
        If hired, can you provide proof that you are eligible to work in the United State?

        • Yes
        • No

        • *
          Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the Laboratory Technician - Science position (select the appropriate answer):

          • I possess one (1) year of experience PLUS two (2) years of college education, with 19 semester units in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics (please upload unofficial transcripts that shows this minimum qualification has been met).
          • I possess two (2) years of experience PLUS one (1) year of college education, with 9.5 semester units in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics (please upload unofficial transcripts that shows this minimum qualification has been met).
          • I possess three (3) years of experience.
          • I possess three (3) years of college education, with 19 semester units in Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics (please upload unofficial transcripts that shows this minimum qualification has been met).

          • *
            Considering this specific position that you are applying to - where/how did you learn about this position?

            • Asian Pacific Islander Legacy - Los Rios Employee Group
            • Before The Movie - Movie Theater Advertisement
            • Black Faculty & Staff Association - Los Rios Employee Group
            • California Community College Registry
            • CalJobs
            • CareerBuilder
            • Chronicle of Higher Ed
            • Community College Jobs (
            • Comunidad - Los Rios Employee Group
            • DiversityJobs (
            • d' Magazine
            • EdCareers Portal (Standford)
            • Employee
            • Facebook
            • Glassdoor
            • Greater Sacramento Urban League
            • Handshake
            • HigherEdJobs (
            • Indeed
            • Job Fair
            • LinkedIn
            • Los Rios Human Resource Invite
            • Los Rios Job Site
            • Native American Collaborative - Los Rios Employee Group
            • Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce
            • Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
            • Sacramento Builders Exchange
            • Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
            • Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
            • Sacramento Works
            • Spectrum LGBTQIA+ - Los Rios Employee Group
            • THE Hub Magazine (Sac Culture Hub)
            • YouTube

              Applicant Documents

              Required Documents

            • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
            • Letter of Interest

              Optional Documents

            • Unofficial Transcript 1
            • Unofficial Transcript 2
            • Unofficial Transcript 3

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