Laboratory Tech IV (Geography)

Posting Number: 00060SA
Title: Laboratory Tech IV (Geography)
Department: Geography and the Environment
Location: New Westminster Campus/Coquitlam
Salary Range: $46,264/year (with increments up to a max of $52,128)
Position Type: Support Staff - Regular
Posting Type: Internal/External
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

What Douglas Offers

DO what you love. Be good at it. That's how Douglas College defines a great career. It's a philosophy that resonates through our classrooms, our offices and our boardrooms. It inspires our students and drives us to make Douglas College one of BC's Top Employers. We love what we do. And we're looking for passionate, motivated people to join us in making one of Canada's best colleges even better.

The Role:

The Lab Technician IV contributes to the success of Douglas College and its community of learners by providing laboratory instruction, evaluation and supervision of students in the Geography Faculty. The Lab Technician IV also provides exceptional client-centred service on a consistent basis to all stakeholder groups.


  1. Provides laboratory instruction and demonstration related to college geography courses.
    • instructs students with respect to the laboratory component of college geography courses in the laboratory and during field trips;
    • demonstrates the correct use of computers and equipment in the laboratory;
    • instructs students with respect to safety procedures;
    • supervises students in the laboratory, ensuring compliance with safety procedures;
    • develops and implements strategies to facilitate student learning.
  2. Evaluates student work and performance in relation to laboratory requirements.
    • evaluates written work submitted by students as well as the performance of students in the laboratory in relation to laboratory requirements of courses;
    • assesses and assigns final laboratory grades;
    • provides additional assistance to students, outside of regularly scheduled laboratory times, in relation to course work.
  3. Prepares materials for use in the laboratory.
    • assesses new information and determines its relative value in relation to facilitating student learning in the laboratory;
    • sets and evaluates laboratory quizzes and exams;
    • maintains, updates and arranges for printing of laboratory manuals;
    • creates and/or initiates the development of supplementary instructional materials such as posters, information sheets, etc.;
    • researches, designs and writes experiments for student use.
  4. Performs other related duties.
    • creates, maintains and updates report sheets;
    • maintains records of geography laboratory grades;
    • sets up laboratory equipment and demonstrations and ensures equipment is in good working order;
    • participates as a discipline member in the revision of laboratory materials and manuals;
    • maintains currency with respect to geography and geography laboratory instruction.

To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need:

  1. Good working knowledge of the English language (written and verbal).
  2. Bachelor's Degree in Geography (Physical Geography preferred) from a recognized post-secondary educational institution.
  3. Excellent working knowledge of the operation and routine maintenance of laboratory and field equipment and apparatus together with a good working knowledge of safety measures related to the operation of a Geography Laboratory.
  4. Demonstrated ability to engage with students and accurately explain geographic concepts including working with quantitative data and equations.
  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate courteously and effectively in person, in writing, and over the telephone with students, faculty, administrators, staff and the public.
  6. Ability to maintain current knowledge in the field of Geography.
  7. Ability to plan and coordinate support required in the classroom, open lab and field environments.
  8. Proven ability to effectively demonstrate proper laboratory and field techniques to students.
  9. Demonstrated ability to organize, operate and maintain supplies for the open lab.
  10. Ability to function effectively in field conditions, including transporting, setting up and using field equipment.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum direct supervision as well as establish priorities and achieve deadlines.
  12. Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and professionalism.
  13. Ability to work effectively in a team environment with faculty and staff.
  14. Proficiency with computers and geography related software and equipment
  15. Ability to learn and apply new information

Work Arrangements:

This regular full-time (35 hours per week) position is available starting May 2, 2018. Regular hours of work are Monday to Friday, as per the required lab schedules.

Occasional travel between campuses maybe required.

Diversity Statement:

Douglas College is committed to being a workplace that is free of discrimination, that values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.

Open Date: 03/05/2018
Open Until Filled: Yes

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Interested applicants must ensure that a resume and cover letter is submitted and received online through the Douglas College Careers site.

Please ensure your resume clearly explains how you meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position for which you are applying.

Qualified internal applicants shall be given first consideration in filling this position.

All candidates selected for interview will need to bring original certificates and diplomas of educational credentials noted on their resume.

posted: 21 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.