Job Details

Hartnell Community College
  • Position Number: 4931928
  • Location: Salinas, CA
  • Position Type: Science

Science Lab Technician 2 Positions - Physics, Astronomy, Engineering lab / Biology and Chemistry lab

Hartnell Community College

Salary: $4,707.00 - $5,721.00 Monthly

Job Type: Full-Time Classified

Job Number: 202300079-2

Location: Main Campus 411 Central Avenue, Salinas

Department: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Closing: 1/26/2024 11:59 PM Pacific


Under the direction of the Dean of Academic Affairs (Math, Science, Engineering), perform responsible work in the planning and setting up of teaching lab materials for chemistry and biology labs and other labs in the department; maintain laboratories, stockrooms and instrument rooms in an orderly, safe, and efficient manner; provide work direction and guidance to student assistants; assist in semester schedule planning.

Examples of Duties


  • Plan lab set-ups for classes according to established guidelines.
  • Calculate, mix, prepare and oversee student preparation of materials and equipment for lab procedures, demonstrations and lab exams.
  • Oversee the removal of lab set-ups; clean labs and classrooms; assure proper disposal and sterilization of equipment and tools.
  • Maintain laboratories, stockrooms and instrument rooms; purchase local supplies for labs as needed; oversee routine clean-up of assigned areas to assure security, health and safety requirements are met; calibrate and check instruments and obtain service if needed.
  • Assist instructors and students in the use of a variety of equipment, materials and supplies in the instructional setting; provide assistance to students according to instructions by instructors.
  • Prepare and issue material and equipment for student use; maintain records of materials and equipment used by students; prepare equipment breakage reports as necessary.
  • Maintain current inventory of equipment, materials, specimens, supplies and chemicals; oversee and assure security of laboratory equipment and process claims according to established procedures and guidelines; monitor budgets and inform instructors of budget status; communicate with vendors; research and purchase equipment and supplies as assigned.
  • Perform instructional support duties; develop and implement ideas for new labs; develop audio-visual materials and models for classroom use; set up demonstrations for lectures.
  • Install software on classroom computers; delete outdated files from hard drives; assist faculty in the development of software for use in laboratory experiments.
  • Coordinate communications to assure efficient and appropriate operation of labs; communicate with local schools.
  • Adjust, maintain and perform minor repair to equipment; report major repair needs or arrange for repairs according to established procedures.
  • Prepare and maintain various records and reports related to laboratory operations and activities as required.
  • Assist in the coordination of the use of lab facilities, assuring the availability of appropriate supplies and equipment.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Typical Qualifications


  • Principles, practices, procedures and equipment of a variety of science labs.
  • Current regulations and laws pertaining to regulated substances and chemical wastes.
  • Care, keeping and propagation of living material and biological specimens.
  • Safety regulations involving area of specialty.
  • Principles and practices of providing work direction and training.
  • Record-keeping techniques.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • District organization, operations, policies and objectives.
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty.
  • Oral and written communications skills.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Proper handling and disposal of hazardous waste and chemicals.
  • Basic purchasing procedures and budget management.
  • Proper operation of computer terminals and applicable software.


  • Plan lab set-ups according to established guidelines.
  • Prepare or oversee student preparation for each lab procedure, demonstration and lab exams.
  • Operate lab equipment.
  • Oversee the removal of lab set-ups and return to proper areas or dispose of appropriately.
  • Provide information and assistance to students and staff.
  • Assure the care and security of assigned equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Maintain learning equipment in proper working order.
  • Issue and receive equipment and supplies.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Meet schedules and time lines.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Assign and review the work of others.

Supplemental Information

Any combination equivalent to:

A Bachelor's degree in the assigned lab area or a related field and two years of practical experience in a science laboratory.

Conditions of Employment

The District has two vacant Science Lab Technicianclassified positions. Both positions are regular, full-time, 40 hours per week, 12-month positions. One Science Lab Technician position supports the Physics/Astronomy/Engineering lab, and the other position supports the Biology and Chemistry lab. These positions are located on the main campus but will support district-wide centers, which include King City Center and Castroville Center. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Range 25 Step A $4,707 on the CSEA salary schedule: $4,707/month to $5,721/month (5 Steps). The district provides health benefits, which currently consist of full medical, dental, and vision insurance for employee and a high percentage of coverage for eligible dependents. District-paid life, accident, and income protection insurance is provided for the employee only. Must become a member of the California School Employees Association (CSEA) and the PublicEmployees Retirement System (PERS).

Application Procedure

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your online application:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • College/university transcripts (copies acceptable)

Diversity Statement

The following statement MUST be completed in your online application:

Provide a statement about yourself that specifically demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students and the community at large.

EEO Statement
Hartnell Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to
nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and physical or mental disability consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

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