SCHOOL LABORATORY ASSISTANT 3182
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class supervises the facilities of a comprehensive school laboratory. Duties include the preparation, care and storage of a large variety of chemicals, complex science equipment and related supplies. The incumbent is responsible for the performance of laboratory demonstrations; and assists students in the preparation of slides and solutions, and in the performance of correct laboratory procedures. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Prepares special solutions and demonstrations which can be used in lieu of commercially produced science kits;
Prepares chemical solutions for use in classroom settings and student research;
Maintains and cares for sophisticated laboratory equipment;
Calibrates and sets up new and existing equipment;
Designs special equipment and tools as needed for classes and student research;
Maintains an inventory of chemicals, biological materials, equipment and supplies;
Coordinates sharing of science equipment on a district-wide basis;
Assists students in the preparation and staining of paraffin embedded slides;
Prepares and coordinates bid packages and quotation comparisons;
Carries out correspondence with vendors with regard to purchase orders, returns, repairs, pricing and maintenance;
Maintains the storage and supervision of science laboratory and storage areas;
Assists teachers in classrooms during laboratory activities.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of modern science laboratory methods, procedures and equipment; knowledge of safety procedures required in the use of chemicals, laboratory equipment and supplies; knowledge of histological techniques; skill in laboratory manipulative techniques; ability to establish practices and procedures for handling chemicals, scientific equipment and preserved specimens; ability to perform laboratory demonstrations according to prescribed procedures; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; ability to keep accurate records; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
Graduation from a New York State or Regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree, twelve (12) credits of which must have been in a laboratory science.