Laboratory Assistant, Categorical (One or More Positions) (Lateral and External)

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7090272 (Ref.No. scj-11911)
Posted: December 3, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Summary Description:
Under general supervision from administrative or academic staff, assists in the preparation of materials and demonstrations for an assigned instructional area; ensures adequate inventory of supplies and materials is maintained; ensures lab equipment is maintained; may provide limited and routine assistance to students within the assigned subject area; and maintains the general cleanliness of the assigned laboratory.

Knowledge of:
Basic principles and practices of laboratory operations. 
Basic operational characteristics of laboratory apparatus, equipment, and materials pertaining to assigned laboratory and subject area. 
Proper methods of storing equipment, materials, and supplies used within the assigned laboratory. 
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. 
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to:
Understand and follow directions. 
Learn and apply department policies, procedures, rules, and regulations. 
Learn to operate a variety of specialized equipment. 
Learn the use of supplies and materials specific to the subject area. 
Assist in the preparation of instructional materials and demonstrations for an assigned subject area. 
Correctly and efficiently set up laboratory equipment and materials used in exercises and experiments. 
Properly store materials. 
Understand the basic mechanical function of and perform routine maintenance and repairs on laboratory equipment within assigned area. 
Maintain the cleanliness of assigned laboratory. 
Ensure adherence to safe work practices and procedures. 
Effectively monitor and 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.

Some college level course work or other technical training in a field related to area of assignment and that provides exposure to a lab environment is highly desirable.

One year of experience working in a related field is highly desirable.

Conditions of Employment:

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 Environment:
Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting; may be exposed to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, and gases; work with laboratory equipment and apparatus; may work with water. At least minimal environmental controls to assure health and comfort; limited exposure to risks controlled by safety precautions.

Physical Demands:
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 equipment and apparatus requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination; to verbally communicate to exchange information; may require the wearing of safety glasses or goggles, lab coats, rubber or plastic gloves, respirators or face shields. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Additional Position Information:

Employment in this position is contingent upon funding by the Strong Workforce Program

Interested applicants must complete the online application, apply for the position, and attach the specified “REQUIRED” documents. 
To be considered, each section on the application must contain the requested information (do not state “SEE RESUME” or leave blank). Included on the application, applicants must provide (on the application) at least three (3) professional references, preferably from current supervisors, previous supervisors (from the past five years), colleagues or coworkers who can address professional competency and appropriate practical skills, or other professional references. The Office of Human Resources (OHR) may request additional references. 
In addition to a full complete application, applicants are required to attach all “REQUIRED” documents. Official transcripts will be required upon offer of employment. 
Applicants bear sole responsibility for ensuring that their applications are complete and “REQUIRED” documents are attached prior to the “INITIAL SCREENING DATE.” Incomplete applications will not be considered. All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this position only. Any supporting documents submitted must reference the Job Opening ID numbers and may be attached online, faxed to 949-340-8007, mailed via U.S. Mail under separate cover, or hand delivered to the District offices. 
This recruitment will remain “OPEN UNTIL FILLED.” For guaranteed consideration, a complete application, and all “REQUIRED” documents are required to be submitted electronically by the “INITIAL SCREENING DATE.” Applications submitted via facsimile or electronic mail will not be accepted.

Duties and Responsibilities
Assist instructors in preparing instructional materials; prepare study sheets, visual instructional aides, sample exercises and exams, and laboratory experiments as directed; may assist in maintaining related records.
Assist in preparing for laboratory demonstrations; set up laboratory apparatus; demonstrate proper care and cleaning procedures for laboratory equipment.
Maintain a clean and safe learning environment; clean floors, table tops, desks, and furniture; maintain, clean, and test assigned equipment.
Participate in the ordering and maintenance of supplies, materials, and equipment; store, discard and rotate materials according to standard procedures; receive, may assemble, and test new equipment.
Respond to inquiries and requests for information or forward to appropriate departments or individual; answer phones; relay messages for faculty and staff.
Perform related duties as required.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.