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Instructional Support Technician
Category: Technical


California State University, Fresno
Fresno, California

Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Instructional Support Technician

 California State University, Fresno

College of Science and Mathematics
Biology
Vacancy # 12028 
Instructional Support Tech III
(Revised)
 
 
Salary Range: $4,053- $6,080 per month 
Anticipated hiring salary: $4,053 - $4,500 per month
 
Organizational Description:
 
Under the general supervision of the Biology Department Chair, the Instructional Support Technician provides overall, coordination, supervision, and management of a wide variety of biological technical support services for biology departmental programs, classes and operations centered around the Biology greenhouse complex, its current fresh water pond, and the field studies equipment storehouse. Emphasis is placed on (but not limited to) technical resources, including management of the greenhouse.
 
Overview:
 
The primary responsibility is the maintenance and production of botanical specimens used for lab activities, especially for the large enrollment lower division courses and upper division botany courses, as well as for class and research projects. 
 
This position also assists with the herbarium collection curation, aids in instructional development, and distributes and maintains the equipment for field courses. In addition to greenhouse operations and curriculum support, the technician has the ongoing responsibility for maintaining advanced growth chambers, greenhouse environmental controls, and power or backup support for living materials and their support equipment which must be kept operational 24 hours a day. The incumbent has the overall operational responsibility for this appointment, but works in cooperation with skilled equipment technicians who may perform scheduled maintenance and major repairs. The position interacts with students, faculty, administrators, other staff, public agencies and members of the community who need scientific and technical expertise and assistance.
 
Position Summary:
  • Provide continuous 24-hour a day services for an extensive variety of living materials and coordinate a broad range of curriculum support services. 
  • Maintain and manage the essential operations of a scientific instructional complex on campus consisting of ten greenhouse rooms, a laboratory (head house), environmental controlled chambers and many associated support facilities and equipment types (including boats, and maintenance of a fresh water pond). 
  • Although actual equipment maintenance is provided by skilled equipment technicians, the incumbent will have total operational responsibilities for this facility. 
  • Acquire, maintain and provide a wide variety of biological resource supplies (living and mechanical) for a range of upper and lower division biology courses. 
  • Participate in Departmental governance by working on assigned committees when appropriate. 
  • Provide support for student and faculty research activities and graduate study. 
  • Exercise good scientific and technical judgment in a proactive manner to assist students, faculty, administrators, other staff and the community. 
  • Manage/maintain the departmental herbarium facility for use by faculty, staff, students, public agencies and the community. 
  • Respond to specific and general requests for the methodologies and technical resources required for instructional and research needs. 
  • Procure, schedule, maintain and provide a variety of other departmental materials, equipment and labor necessary to meet instructional needs. 
  • Stay current in techniques as they relate to greenhouse management. . 
  • Participate in the logistics and assist in "field" classes and activities. 
  • Train and lead students to assist with support of the 24 hour operations 
  • Coordinate the logistics of field equipment distribution and maintain the field gear housed in storage facilities within the greenhouse complex. 
  • Work cooperatively with skilled equipment technicians who may perform scheduled maintenance and major repairs. 
  • Interact with students, faculty, administrators, other staff, public agencies and members of the community who need scientific and technical expertise and assistance. 
 
Secondary Duties 
 
  • Assist faculty in developing new laboratory exercises or approaches involving greenhouse space or plant materials. 
  • Assist faculty and students in meeting program needs. 
  • Opportunities exist for participating in professional development through modest research activity that could result in acquisition of funds from internal and external sources.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
 
Ability to: 
 
  • Effectively train and supervise students to assist with support of the 24 hour operations; 
  • Assist faculty in developing new laboratory exercises or approaches involving greenhouse space or plant materials and to assist in meeting program needs; 
  • Demonstrate good judgment when providing scientific information and technical assistance to faculty, students, public agencies and the community; 
  • Coordinate the logistics of field equipment distribution and maintain the field gear housed in storage facilities within the greenhouse complex, and to arrange for specialized equipment repairs by skilled technicians when necessary; 
  • Maintain records, prepare reports, and plan and schedule activities involving botanical materials or field equipment; 
  • Stay current in techniques related to greenhouse management. 
  • Knowledge of horticultural materials, methods and tools, including greenhouse support equipment, in order to maintain a safe and clean working environment. 
  • Skills needed to acquire, maintain and produce a wide variety of plants and other biological resources that are needed for class or research. 
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills are a necessity, as well as the ability to multi-task, utilize space effectively, prioritize, organize help, and a willingness to provide instructional support to other program areas as needed. 
  • History of initiative, reliability, regular attendance, good working relationships, and a positive attitude.
  • Possess and retain a valid California Driver's License and a DMV report of a good driving record. 
  • Possess or ability to possess a current California Department of Pesticide Regulation QAL (Qualified Applicator License) for handling of pesticides in the greenhouse facility.
Education and Experience:
  • Equivalent to four years of experience providing instructional support services for a related unit or discipline, or in producing materials or supplies or repairing equipment in a discipline related to biology. OR 
  • Equivalent to two years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to biology may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Or 
  • Equivalent to four years of college with 16 semester units in courses involving extensive use of materials, supplies, or equipment and in a discipline related to Biology may be substituted for two years of the required experience.
  • Specialized Skills:
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of horticulture, including greenhouse operation and management, to allow the individual to assume operational responsibility for maintaining and managing the Biology Department greenhouse complex, including its laboratory and associated environmentally-controlled growth chambers. 
  • Knowledge of local flora, plant taxonomy and the use of pesticides.
Preferred Skills:
  • Bachelor's degree in biology, botany, horticultural science, or a related life science field.
 
Filing Deadline:
 
Applications received by August 20, 2013 will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and given full consideration by the hiring manager and/or search committee. Qualified applicants received after that date will be forwarded upon request to the hiring manager and/or search committee.
 
Application Procedures:
 
Individuals interested in being considered for this position should submit an on-line application and attach the following supporting documents:
 
1) Resume
2) A letter of interest which includes a narrative detailing how the candidate fulfills each of the required and preferred items listed under Qualifications
3) Names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references who can provide current assessments of the candidate's qualifications for the position.
 
An online application, a resume, and three professional references, including telephone numbers, are required. A cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position is recommended. 
 
Full consideration will not be given to applicants who fail to complete all application requirements. Pursuant to Executive Order 883, reasonable accommodation is to be provided upon request from an employee or applicant with disabilities, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the campus. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation is to be determined by the campus on a case-by-case basis after it has received the individual's request for accommodation and engaged in an interactive process. Employees or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources directly at (559) 278-2032.
 
How To Apply: To apply for this or any open position at Fresno State visit our online employment site at: http://jobs.csufresno.edu/
 
Other Applicant Information:
 
Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application materials via automatic email reply. In addition, qualified applicants will receive email notification at the conclusion of the recruitment process. It is the policy of the California State University to fill vacant positions represented by the California State University Employees' Union (CSUEU) with qualified applicants currently employed on the campus. Other applicants may be selected when it is necessary to meet the best interests of the campus by obtaining specialized skills and abilities not available from campus applicants.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity: California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment on the basis of protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004-12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders. Further, California State University, Fresno's statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.
 
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the University to inform you that we can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and authorization to accept employment.
 
 
 

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