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Instruction and Classroom Support Technician 3

Bulletin number: 2013-030JL

Re-opened: 7/12/2013

Closing date extended to: 7/22/2013 at 5:00 p.m. PST
Note: The college will be closed on July 4, 2013 in observance of Independence Day.

The Evergreen State College is committed to prohibiting discrimination and to building a diverse faculty and staff. We strongly encourage qualified persons of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, persons over forty, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply.

There are currently two (2) full-time, overtime-eligible Instruction & Classroom Support Technician 3 positions available on the Olympia Campus of The Evergreen State College. Each position works full time September through June every year, and half time during the months of July and August.  The candidate pool established from this announcement may be used to fill comparable permanent, full-time, part-time and temporary vacancies in the future. 

The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since opening its doors in 1971, Evergreen has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs. The college has a vibrant undergraduate program, graduate programs, and public service centers that constitute a unique academic setting. The college values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together. Current enrollment is approximately 4,500. For more information about Evergreen, please visit our college catalog or our website:  http://www.evergreen.edu   


  • Salary is $3,135 - $4,114 per month of full time work.
  • Experience and training may be considered in salary placement.
  • A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.  For more information about Evergreen's excellent employee benefits, please view http://www.evergreen.edu/payroll/
  • Staff are eligible for a free local bus/transit pass.
  • After completion of the probationary period, employees are eligible for the tuition waiver program.

The primary responsibility of this position is direct support of the science curriculum by providing training, preparation, oversight, and coordination of academic science instructional support activities, including laboratory programs, field trips, student projects, and faculty research.


  • Bachelor's Degree with major study in a basic applied science and the equivalent of two years' full-time experience in a related field; or equivalent combination of education / experience.
  • Skill and ability in basic chemistry and additional consideration may be given to candidates with education and experience in the areas of physics, engineering, and/or organismal biology.


This position reports to the Science Operations Manager, and works collaboratively with other Instruction & Classroom Support Technicians (ICSTs) to support the laboratory and field science curriculum. On a rotating basis, any technician may be assigned to manage the science stockroom.

The nature of the academic experience at Evergreen requires that the Instruction & Classroom Support Technician remains flexible in supporting a frequently changing, multi-disciplinary curriculum. The technician will be required to develop knowledge and skills in multiple scientific disciplines, such as biology, chemistry, physics, electronics, geology, botany, computer science, and ecology. This position is unscheduled, and the technician may be required to work evenings or weekends.

The position duties and responsibilities include:

Laboratory and Field Trip Preparation

  • In conjunction with faculty, develops laboratory exercises, field trips, and demonstrations.
  • Acquires and prepares equipment, chemicals, and supplies needed to implement laboratory exercises and field trips.
  • Sets up, tests, and modifies labs. Problem solves as necessary to ensure high quality educational outcomes.
  • Designs, constructs and tests equipment necessary for delivery of the lab curriculum.
  • Provides faculty and staff with equipment and space scheduling assistance.

Laboratory Implementation

  • Instructs students in scientific concepts and laboratory and/or field techniques.
  • Instructs students and faculty to use laboratory glassware, equipment, and supplies.
  • Instructs students and faculty to use scientific instruments.
  • Collects and properly handles and stores hazardous wastes generated in science laboratories or field work.
  • Coordinates the activities of students, faculty, and staff in cleaning science facilities and field equipment following laboratory or field work.
  • Monitors laboratory spaces to ensure they are in functional condition.
  • Inspects, tests, maintains, operates, and repairs laboratory and field science equipment and associated software.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises student aides.
  • Provides faculty and staff with equipment scheduling assistance.


  • Designs, implements, and monitors effective safety procedures for the science laboratories, field work, and faculty and student research.
  • Trains students, staff, and faculty in current laboratory and field safety procedures.
  • Monitors potential risks and hazards to ensure a safe laboratory and field trip environment.
  • Obtains relevant and/or required safety training for boating activities, lab work, or field work.
  • Maintains records of safety training performed.

Instrumentation Responsibilities

  • Inspects, tests, maintains, operates, and performs major repair of analytical instrumentation.
  • Assists and instructs students and faculty in the use of analytical instrumentation in laboratory and field settings.
  • Monitors the use of analytical instruments to ensure their safe operation and efficient use of resources in the science laboratories and field trips.
  • Develops instructional methods and materials for instrumentation.
  • May train student aides to instruct others in the theory and use of analytical instrumentation.
  • May coordinate scheduling of analytical instrumentation.

Science Stockroom (Rotational)

  • Hires, trains and supervises student aides.
  • Trains store aides to manage inventories, prepare chemical reagents, and in the use, maintenance, and repair of equipment.
  • Coordinates equipment and chemical requests for field and lab programs, individual contracts, and student projects.
  • Identifies and labels all purchased chemicals to identify hazards according to state and federal guidelines.
  • Manages inventory of equipment, chemicals, and supplies.
  • Manages equipment, chemical, and Material Safety Data Sheet databases.
  • Purchases all stock and specialty chemicals and consumable supplies.
  • Bills programs for chemicals and supplies used.
  • Monitors overdues, and bills users appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • Bills users in a timely manner for lost or damaged equipment.
  • Develops and monitors student aide budget.
  • May coordinate new equipment purchases.
  • May assign student project space.


  • Consults regularly with other professional staff to provide quality science instruction.
  • Collaboratively evaluates the quality of laboratory instruction and the other services provided by ICST’s regularly, and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Uses a variety of computer software for activities, including word processing, database management, web browsing, spreadsheet analysis, data acquisition, instrumentation, and statistical analysis.
  • Assists in the organization and oversight of the facilities, equipment, and supplies in Lab I and Lab II.
  • Evaluates equipment needs, and specifications, and makes purchase recommendations.
  • Participates in professional development activities designed to update the skills and knowledge needed to continue providing relevant professional guidance and instruction to students, faculty and staff.

Additional Duties

  • Assists with hiring and training new Instruction & Classroom Support Technicians.
  • Maintains records and prepares forms as necessary.
  • May serve on any or all of the following committees: staff and faculty hiring, laboratory design and remodel, health and safety, emergency response team, animal welfare, lab council, or other relevant committees.
  • May be required to take lead on any of the following: scientific boating; instrumentation coordination; radiation safety; equipment repair.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Good working knowledge of chemistry and other scientific disciplines.
  • Good working knowledge of current laboratory protocols and safety procedures.
  • Ability to maintain and repair lab and field equipment.
  • Ability to identity equipment and supply needs.
  • Ability to research, evaluate, and order supplies and equipment within budgetary constraints.
  • Ability to effectively use various types of computers, associated hardware, and software applications.

Behavioral Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse staff, faculty, and students.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, execute, and complete projects in timely fashion.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in an environment that requires constant flexibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively evaluate the quality of science instruction support including the identification of issues, concerns, and problems.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Ability to create, organize, and maintain records and files.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to lead others.

  • This position is assigned to part of the college that is covered by a union shop provision and a collective bargaining agreement.  Employees are required to pay an amount equal to the fees or dues required to be a member of the union to the Washington Federation of State Employees within thirty days of their date of hire.
  • Must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
  • May be required to pass a pre-employment background check.
Please carefully read the job bulletin and submit all requested items by the closing date listed above.  The committee in its screening of applicants will assume your abilities and experience include only those elements specifically documented within your application materials.


1.    Possess the skills and abilities required to perform the position;
2.    Complete the General Application form (Word | PDF); and
3.    Complete a Key Skills and Abilities Inventory form (Word | PDF) to indicate your ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
4.     An Affirmative Action Data Sheet (Word | PDF). Note: Submission of this statistical information is voluntary.

By submitting a completed application for this position you are acknowledging that all of the information that you have submitted to apply for this job is true and complete to the best of your knowledge. You understand that The Evergreen State College may verify this information and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if you are hired. If invited for an on campus interview, you may be required to pay your own travel expenses.

Materials may be submitted using any one of the following options:
Email: jobline@evergreen.edu
Mail: The Evergreen State College
Human Resource Services, Library Bldg Room 3102
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA  98505
Fax: (360) 867-6823
Or in person to the Human Resource Services office, Library Building room 3102.

Application materials submitted to the College become property of the College and will not be returned.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, call the Human Resource Services Office at (360) 867-5361 (voice), or (360) 867-6834 (TTY) or email your request to jobline@evergreen.edu.

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Instruction & Classroom Support Technician 3

Date Posted: 6/21/2013

The primary responsibility of this position is direct support of the science curriculum by providing training, preparation, oversight, and coordination of academic science instructional support activities, including laboratory programs, field trips, student projects, and faculty research.

Location: Olympia, Washington
The Evergreen State College