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Laboratory Demonstrator Sciences (Biology) - On-call

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Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number 23AC0033
Title Laboratory Demonstrator Sciences (Biology) - On-call
Pclass # SS234
Job Summary
Who We Are

We acknowledge that Vancouver Community College (VCC) is located on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples who have been stewards of this land from time immemorial.

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This position is responsible for providing technical and instructional support in the College Foundations Science laboratories ensuring that all laboratory apparatus, specimens, materials and instructional aids are prepared and set up for scheduled laboratory periods. Conducts demonstrations of equipment and experiments, assists students and marks student laboratory reports.
Job Duties/Responsibilities
1. Conducts laboratory demonstrations, provides assistance to students and helps supervise laboratory activities. Responds to students’ inquiries pertaining to laboratory matters and related subject material, referring students to instructors as required.
2. Prepares laboratory and field equipment and instructional support materials for class activities. Undertakes or arranges for the “take-down” of laboratories after completion.
3. Works with field samples and preserved dissection specimens. Prepares and maintains live cultures and specimens. Attends and helps supervise field activities as required.
4. Prepares, administers, invigilates and marks both oral and written laboratory examinations and quizzes. Prepares and maintains accurate records of student laboratory and examination performance.
5. Performs a wide variety of tasks relative to the operation and maintenance of laboratory apparatus and equipment. Ensures that the laboratory premises are clean and orderly and that laboratory materials are stored properly.
6. Maintains safe conditions in the lab and classroom and works with hazardous materials in accordance with WHMIS requirements.
7. Maintains inventory records. Monitors, orders and receives equipment and supplies.
8. Assists in the preparation, development and writing of new laboratory activities, experiments and assignments.
9. Advises and directs student aides as required.
10. Assists students and instructors in the use of computers in the classroom. Uses and maintains an inventory of software in the department.
11. Coordinates or participates in laboratory session scheduling.
12. Performs all duties in other specialized disciplines as needed.
13. Performs other related duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science Degree and 4 years of experience as a science instructional assistant at a post-secondary institution or an equivalent combination of training and/or experience may be substituted for the required qualifications.
    • Biology: Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Skills and Abilities

  • Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, supervisors and staff.
  • Experience using software applications for classroom instruction and inventory purposes.
  • Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance on laboratory equipment and apparatus.
  • Knowledge of WorkSafeBC WHMIS regulations.
  • Ability to work variable hours.

Salary Range - Prorated based on FTE
PAYGRADE 28: $33.72 to $39.61 hourly, plus payment in lieu of vacation and statutory holidays.
Posting Detail Information

Employment Group Support Staff (CUPE)
Type of Position Casual
Employment Type On Call
Department SCIENCE
Primary Location - This position may require you to work at all VCC locations. Broadway
Is this posting only for internal applicants? No
Desired Start Date - May be subject to change
Position End Date - For Temporary Positions
Vacation Blackout Dates
Number of Hours per Week Variable hours according to the needs of the department.
Work Schedule - Hours may vary according to the needs of the Department
On-call, between 8 am and 10:30 pm
Eligible for Fortnight No
Special Instructions to Applicant
Vancouver Community College is committed to maintaining a work force that represents the diverse community we serve and we encourage all qualified applicants.
Posting Open Date 03/03/2023
Posting Close Date 03/16/2023
Is this a pooled posting? Yes

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts/Credentials