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San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
  • Position Number: 3142167
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Position Type: Science - Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography


San Jose/Evergreen Community College District

Close/First Review Date: 07/17/2022

Campus Location: Evergreen Valley College

Position Description:

The Instructional Laboratory Technician III, Science reports to the Division Dean of Math, Science and Engineering located at Evergreen Valley College. The work schedule is 10 months per year; Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This position is represented by the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Chapter 363.


Under the general supervision of a Dean or assigned administrator, performs comprehensive logistical support services for Science instructional programs using materials, supplies and equipment for lecture, laboratory, and other activities within the disciplines; the position requires the use of special techniques and equipment in the production of materials.


This is the journey level in the Instructional Laboratory Technician class series. In addition to performing the duties of the duties of the Level II, positions in this class are assigned a wide variety of technical and often complex tasks relating to the preparation and maintenance of laboratory equipment and materials. Work involves a significant degree of independence, requiring a thorough and complete familiarity with all aspects of the laboratory and curriculum in which laboratory experiments and exercises are conducted. Positions in this class provide a more comprehensive support service than Level II because of the number of disciplines served, the variety of courses, or provision of support to courses with extensive use of technical equipment, preparation of materials, or more complex support in the use of living specimens. Incumbents of positions within this class may also prepare or produce instructional materials that require special skills and abilities in contrast to the II level which involves skills that could be learned easily on the job. This class may serve as a lead to others providing similar support services. Positions assigned to this class are distinguished from the next higher level of Instructional Laboratory Technician IV in that the work of the Level III is less administrative in nature.

General supervision or direction is provided by academic management or supervisory personnel. Technical and functional supervision may also be provided by academic personnel


1. Discuss planned laboratory activities with Instructor and determine what materials and equipment will be needed at what point, in what order, and in what quantities.

2. Prepare and maintain cultures, solutions, reagents, and specimens, and set-up equipment to be used in science laboratory experiments, exercises, practicals, and demonstrations.

3. Analyze and resolve, or assist instructional laboratory personnel in solving problems of inconsistent results in classroom exercises.

4. Coordinate the issuance of laboratory equipment and materials in accordance with established controls and procedures.

5. Utilize proper safety precautions and procedures in handling all types of laboratory specimens, chemicals, equipment and hazardous waste.

6. Assemble and test new laboratory equipment and apparatus.

7. Identify and order supplies, materials, instruments, and equipment necessary for laboratory experiments. Work directly with vendors and suppliers as appropriate.

8. Order and care for live or preserved animals and cadavers; pick up, deliver, and arrange for their disposal.

9. Perform mathematic computations necessary to calculate appropriate concentrations of experiment ingredients and calibrate laboratory equipment.

10. Maintain, test, calibrate, and perform preventive maintenance on scientific laboratory equipment; requisition repairs as necessary.

11. Maintain and clean laboratory equipment and facilities as necessary.

12. Maintain security and ensure the safe and proper handling, storage, and labeling of hazardous materials and hazardous waste which may include performing any departmental inspections as required by regulatory agencies.

13. Obtain and maintain Material Safety Data Sheets.

14. Provide technical guidance, assistance and training to laboratory personnel in technical laboratory procedures and equipment usage.

15. Train and show students and new faculty the proper and safe methods and procedures for laboratory equipment operation and materials handling.

16. Provide information on needed supplies, equipment, and materials during the budget preparation process.

17. Maintain records, logs, and files on inventories, activities and supplies used and monitor assigned budget accounts.

18. Assist in the development and application of new laboratory class aids and materials.

19. Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

1. Principles including aseptic techniques, practices, materials, nomenclature, equipment, and instruments used in physical and/or life science laboratories.

2. Preventive maintenance techniques and methods to ensure the operation of assigned equipment.

3. Proper safety precautions and procedures utilized in handling all types of laboratory hazardous waste.

4. Modern office practices and procedures including filing and the operation of office equipment including personal and on-line computers.

Skills and Ability to:

1. Perform preventive maintenance, calibration, and minor repair on assigned equipment.

2. Perform assigned duties with a significant degree of independence, observing proper and safe procedures and techniques.

3. Apply language skills to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; write routine reports and correspondence; and speak effectively before groups of faculty or students.

4. Apply mathematical skills to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, proportions, percentages, concentrations, and volume; apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

5. Utilize reasoning skills to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

6. Effectively communicate and interact with persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

7. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

8. Lift and move up to 50 pounds.

Required Qualifications:

1. Bachelors degree or equivalent from an accredited institution including college level courses in physical and/or life sciences; OR

2. Three years related experience and/or training; OR

3. Combination of education and experience including college level courses in physical and/or life sciences.

Desired Qualifications:
1. Bilingual abilities, desirable.

Districts Diversity Requirements
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural, disability, and ethnic background of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.
  • Success integrating diversity as appropriate into the major duties outlined in the job description and in the duties listed in the Districts hiring policy; or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.

    Salary Range:
    $27.85 - $33.93 Hourly Salary (Range 76: Classified Salary Schedule Fiscal Year 2021-2022). Starting placement is generally at Step 1.

    Excellent fringe benefit package includes a pension, medical, dental, vision, EAP (employee assistance plan) and life insurance for employee and eligible dependents, and income protection. Voluntary plans include supplemental life insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, 403b and 457 Deferred Compensation Accounts. Classified employees also receive vacation, 12 sick leave days and 19 paid holidays.

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    About San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
    The District is represented by dedicated and talented employees who are passionate about providing our student population with the best educational experience possible. The District recognizes that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive roles models for all students, and creates an inclusive and supportive educational and work environment for its employees, students, and the community it serves.

    As of fall 2017, with enrollment of approximately 18,500 per semester, and an extremely diverse student population (Hispanic/Latino 44%, Black/African-American 4%, Asian/Pacific Islander 32%, American Indian/Native American 0.5%, White/Caucasian 11%) attaining educational goals reflecting 45% - AA Degree and Transfer to a 4-Year College/ University, the Districts emphasis on student success makes it a recognized educational leader in the State.

    The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve as colleagues to an existing diverse group of managers, supervisors and confidential staff consisting of 29 % Hispanic/Latino, 13% Asian/Pacific Islander, 7% Black/African American, 23% White/Caucasian, and as well as encouraging applications from all qualified, outstanding applicants.

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