The Academic Technician for Environmental Studies provides academic and technical support for coursework, laboratories, field trips, and research; communicates with perspective students, student majors, and alumni; and coordinates department activities.
The position requires strong written and oral communication skills; experience with laboratory procedures and field equipment for environmental monitoring; familiarity with environmental studies curriculum and pedagogies; and the ability to take initiative, troubleshoot, and solve problems with minimal supervision.
- Laboratory/technical responsibilities (40%)
- Oversight of field safety, laboratory safety, chemical safety, and hazardous materials handling
- Department scientific equipment upkeep including: purchasing, inventory, maintenance, and training
- Maintain a stock of laboratory supplies and chemicals
- Prepare and update laboratory protocols as needed
- Coordinate student use of laboratory space and equipment
Academic support (40%)
- Prepare and clean-up for in-house and field-based laboratories and class trips, which includes support and periodic attendance on day-long or overnight class trips
- Provide support for student research projects
- Coordinate fleet vehicle reservations for field based labs, class trips, and research
- Coordinate with college centers (including Print Center and Media Center) on student projects
- Hire, train, and supervise student employees including Teaching Assistants and the department’s Logistics and Outreach Assistant
- Work closely with faculty on curriculum development and enhancement, particularly for labs and field trips
Department communications and outreach (20%)
- Organize and host the department seminar series
- Coordinate with majors, faculty, college, offices, and co-curricular programs such as the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring, the Dickinson College Farm, the Center for Sustainability Education, and student environmental groups
- Develop and maintain the department website and hallway exhibit spaces
- Design a department newsletter to distribute to alumni
- Oversee and maintain all department equipment, including: microscopes, sampling equipment, AA, vacuum pumps, incubator, drying ovens, spectrophotometers, nutrient analyzer, fluorometer, and water quality meters
Software Programs Used:
- Microsoft Office
- Any necessary for communications and publishing (website, Publisher, Adobe Suite, Piktochart)
- Others specific to equipment (microscope imaging, AA)
A bachelors degree (B.A. or B.S) and relevant experience or Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, or a related field is required.
Must have a valid operator’s license for not less than two (2) years and the license must be in good standing without interruption during that time period.
- Moving equipment between and within labs
- Moving computers between labs
- Setting up equipment
- Using field sampling equipment (various)
- Driving vans
- Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
Personal Protective Equipment:
- As necessary for task: gloves, goggles, lab coat, etc.
Advertised Work Schedule
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Occasional evenings and weekends for events and field trips.
Number of hours/day: 8
Number of hours/week: 40
Proposed Start Date: 07/10/2017
Application Review Begin: 04/24/2017
The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.
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Pay Grade/Category: Sr. Contributor / Administrator B