Support and facilitate instruction in the Chemistry department by preparing or supervising the preparation of laboratory materials and the distribution and control of study materials and equipment; and to do related work as required.

Note:  Candidates selected for interview will be expected to take a short written test on basic chemical principles.


  1. Prepares or supervises students preparing laboratory apparatus, charts, displays, models, unknown samples and solutions used in chemistry; stocks each laboratory with necessary supplies for the day's instruction and schedules work so that instructional materials are ready for appropriate lab at appropriate time.
  2. Orders, receives, issues, stores, and cares for equipment, materials, analytical instruments, chemicals, and solutions.
  3. Uses computer to initiate requisitions, writes laboratory instructions, and maintains inventory records.
  4. Operates, uses, and may repair or adjust a variety of instruments and equipment necessary in Chemistry classes for conduct of work.
  5. Maintains or supervises maintenance of stockroom, lab rooms, and department lost and found; maintains security of stockroom and laboratories.
  6. Does soldering, wiring, carpentry, and mechanical work to perform periodic minor maintenance, repair, adjustment, and to set up equipment; performs miscellaneous troubleshooting on equipment and instruments.
  7. Works with instructors to design and construct prototype lab demonstrations.
  8. May supervise lab aides and student helpers and answer questions of students using the laboratories.
  9. Issues, stocks, and checks-in chemistry lockers; collects and accounts for fees.
  10. Ensures that chemicals are stored and used according to established safety regulations.
  11. Collects chemical waste from the laboratories and arranges for its proper disposal.
  12. At the request of a supervisor, performs a variety of unscheduled duties normally and traditionally performed by a Department Laboratory Technician III - Chemistry.


Education and Experience:  A minimum of an Associate’s degree; one year of college chemistry with quantitative laboratory work.

Knowledge and Abilities:  Knowledge of chemistry lab equipment and analytical instruments, materials, supplies and procedures appropriate to the chemistry area; elementary stock control methods, and use of computer to maintain inventory and other records.  Ability to plan and organize workload so that lab materials are available and set up at appropriate times; keep records and carry out complex oral and written instructions’ modify and revise equipment and instruments; troubleshoot and do minor repairs on devices found in the chemistry labs; organize stocking and issuing of student chemistry lockers and check-out and return procedures; collect and account for laboratory fees; establish and maintain effective working relationships with students and instructors; work in a multiethnic environment.


Experience taking organic chemistry with laboratory and biochemistry with laboratory.  One year of paid experience working in a chemistry laboratory.  Additional chemistry courses above the minimum.  Experience with chemistry instruments such as gas chromatograph, infrared spectrophotometer, etc.  Excellent interpersonal skills.  Genuine enthusiasm for student success.


Seeing to inspect written documents, communicate with District staff, sitting for extended periods of time, bending, kneeling and reaching to retrieve and file records, and dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a keyboard and other office equipment.


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