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Temporary Part-time Science Lab Assistant

Apply now Tracking Code: 2024TSL
Work Type: Temporary
Categories: Temporary
Salary: $17- $25/hour


Job Description

The part-time Science Lab Assistant in the Division of Science, Engineering & Math exists to provide classroom support for the science labs. This position will prepare labs to be used in biology, chemistry and sciences courses. This position will also provide support to faculty with troubleshooting equipment or lab experiments.  Responsibilities are in support of student success as outlined in Pikes Peak State College’s Strategic Plan.  

This is a temporary part-time hourly assignment, not to exceed 28 hours per week, maximum 9-month assignment.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completed high school diploma or completed GED.
  • Successful completion of one semester of college level biology, chemistry, or environmental science courses.
  • Basic mathematic skills.  
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Direct work experience assigned to the position.


Prior submission of application materials will not be considered.

Duties & Responsibilities

This is a temporary part-time hourly assignment, not to exceed 28 hours per week, maximum 9-month assignment.  

Essential Functions 

Lab Assistant Responsibilities 

  • Weekly setting up new biology/chemistry lab carts according to write-up prepared by the department chair.  
  • Prepare weekly chemicals and biological solutions needed for labs. 
  • Storing chemicals and solutions according to safety standards set by the Science Lab Manager or Science Lab Specialist.  
  • Collect and set up equipment and instruments needed for the labs, and ensure items are operational.  
  • Break down used lab cart from prior week, clean and return items to their respective stored locations.  
  • Assist Science Lab Specialist/Science Lab Manager with disposing chemical waste properly with basic understanding of chemical properties according to Federal, State and local laws.  
  • Assist Science Lab Specialist/Science Lab Manager with maintaining a detailed chemical inventory and storage according to Federal, State and local laws.  
  • Assist Science Lab Specialist/Science Lab Manager with identifying chemical waste classifications for professional waste collection.  
  • Prepare and maintain microbiology media for labs using the autoclave.  
  • Kill used microbiology media with bacteria according to regulations.  
  • Assist with identifying and inventory shortages.  
  • Clean, calibrate and trouble shoot errors with lab equipment.  
  • Assist Science Lab Specialist/Science Lab Manager with teaching faculty the use of new equipment and software that supports the equipment. 
  • Assist the Science Lab Specialist/Science Lab Manager with running new experiments to determine expected results upon the department chair's request.  
  • Assist faculty with un-operable classroom equipment such as computer issues, ceiling projector, screens and specialized classroom equipment.  
  • Care for plants and animals in the lab prep or classrooms.  
  • Clean work areas in the labs, prep area, replenish consumables and inspect furnishings for breakage and safety issues.  
  • Assist with classroom emergencies, i.e., broken glass, chemical spills, minor first aid. Assist faculty with getting emergency resources for major emergencies.  
  • Assist other lab assistants as needed due to increase activities, and due to lab assistant’s absences. 
  • Maintain organization and set priorities to work assignments daily.  
  • Continue to research and learn new lab techniques when extra time is available or as needed. 
  • Additional duties as assigned.  

General Duties, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities 

  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft 365.  
  • Skills in organization with strict attention to detail.  
  • Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction. 
  • Position requires willingness to learn lab preparation in biology or chemistry.
  • Willing to work effectively with other lab personnel and faculty. 
Hours of Operations  
  • Monday 8am – 8pm 

  • Tuesday 8am – 8pm 

  • Wednesday 8am – 8pm 

  • Thursday 8am – 8pm 

  • Friday 8am – 5pm 

  • Saturday 8am – 5pm 

Work Locations  

  • Centennial Campus – 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906 

  • Downtown Studio Campus – 100 West Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903 

  • Rampart Range Campus – 2070 Interquest Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 

This job description reflects Pikes Peak State College’s best effort to describe the essential duties and qualifications of the job. It is not an exhaustive statement of all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of the job. This document is not intended to exclude an opportunity for modifications consistent with providing reasonable accommodation.

EEO Statement: Pikes Peak State College is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act institution.  We value diversity, strive for a more unified campus where all people are valued, treated fairly, and possess a sense of belonging.  Pikes Peak State College encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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