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Classification Title Laboratory Assistant
Job Category: Classified Staff
Job Open Date: 03/08/2018
Job Close Date:
Initial Screening Date 04/06/2018
Position ID: P0011541, P0011542, P0011543
Job Open ID: REQ6345
Position Title: Laboratory Assistant, Categorical, Part-time (Three or more positions) Community Education, Emeritus Institute, and K-12 Partnerships, Saddleback College
Location 20-Saddleback College
Department Community Education (SC-060-106)
Term: 12 Months/Year
Salary Schedule Link: Click here for current Salary Schedules
Pay Basis: Hourly
Pay Range: 116; Starting salary at $20.75 per hour for this position
% of Range: 40%
Hours per week: Work hours are variable up to 16 hours weekly.
Work Schedule Please refer to the supplemental questions section of the application for detailed description of work schedule days and hours. Positions will work off campus in adult education facilities in San Juan Capistrano and Mission Viejo.
Receives Benefits: No
Classification Benefits:
Position-Specific Benefits:
Additional Position Information:

Additional Information

Summary Description:

This is a categorical, grant-funded position with employment contingent upon State of California funding from the “Adult Education Block Grant”.

Under general supervision from the Associate Director of Adult Education, the current positions support instructors’ classroom curriculum in order to increase student accessibility and comfort with technology. This classification also 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.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

Positions in the Lab Assistant class are distinguished from the Lab Technician by the depth of subject knowledge required and the level of responsibility assumed. In comparison to the Lab Technician, positions at this level work under closer supervision and perform more routine functions requiring less knowledge of the subject area. Lab Assistant positions may have a basic understanding of the functional use of specialized equipment but are not required to demonstrate the use or troubleshoot major problems. Incumbents in this class will learn to use specialized lab equipment over time and are expected to be able to operate and perform routine demonstrations and troubleshooting by the end of the probationary period. Employees at this level should have some related experience and are expected to become fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.

Representative Duties:

The duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Please see Job Duties for details.

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.

License or Certificate:
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:

This is a categorical, grant-funded position with employment contingent upon State of California funding from the “Adult Education Block Grant”.


METHOD OF APPLICATION: Complete and submit an application online at login page. ,INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered.

ALL SECTIONS of the application must be completed (do not state “see resume” and do not leave any blanks) .

    1. List all relevant experience in order beginning with the most recent.
    2. Specify assignment details for each job listed.
    3. Provide a minimum of three (3) professional references from either your current supervisor, previous supervisors, or colleagues and coworkers who can address your professional competency and practical skills.
    4. Please complete all required supplemental questions.
    5. Submission of a resume and cover letter is required.
    6. This recruitment will remain “OPEN UNTIL FILLED.” For guaranteed consideration your complete application, and all “REQUIRED” documents must be submitted electronically by the “INITIAL SCREENING DATE.” .

    All submitted materials become the property of the South Orange County Community College District and will not be returned, will not be copied, and will be considered for this position only. Applicant bears the sole responsibility for ensuring the application is complete when submitted. Any supporting application materials must reference the job opening ID number. “Please do not add photographs or confidential data (e.g. social security number, birth date, etc.) to your application package.”

    DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Application must be posted for the position and ALL requested materials must be received by the specified closing or initial screening date. Applications and supporting documents received after the closing deadline will not be accepted. Applications submitted via fax or email will not be accepted.
    NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country.

    PLEASE NOTE: This position is under the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Anyone retired from CalPERS accepting employment with this District will be required to reinstate as an active member of CalPERS. Please contact CalPERS for additional information on reinstatement to an active member. Additionally, any active member of California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), who accepts employment with this District to perform service that requires membership in the CalPERS, is eligible to elect to continue retirement system coverage under CalSTRS.

Additional Classification Information:
Position Specific Benefits:

Part-time classified employees are offered 19 days of paid holiday time, plus sick, vacation and personal necessity leave. A mandatory retirement incentive program is provided through the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

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