Laboratory Technician, Agriculture/Plant Science

Job Type: Staff
Department: Agriculture / Plant Science


Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, assist instructors in the planning, organization, preparation and presentation of classroom and laboratory materials; schedule, maintain and issue supplies and equipment utilized for instructional purposes; assist academic staff by handling administrative functions.

About the Department

The Agricultural Science Department, at College of the Desert, houses the programs of Horticulture, Turfgrass Management, and Plant Science. Associates Degrees and Certificates are offered in all discipline's. Our training facility covers over five acres which include a functioning plant nursery, park, and farm. The person in this role will work regularly outdoors in all training facilities throughout the year, including summer, to provide students with both academic and industry skills.


  • Primary location for this position is Palm Desert Campus.
  • Location subject to change based on District need.


  • Bargaining Unit Position, Range 10.
  • This position is 40 hours a week/12 months a year.
  • The schedule is Monday 0 Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Schedule is subject to change based on District need.

About COD:

College of the Desert is located in Palm Desert, California, the geographic center of the beautiful Coachella Valley. Nestled among the backdrop of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains in eastern Riverside County, the Coachella Valley is a resort community that offers over 100 golf courses and a wide array of outdoor activities such as tennis, hiking, horseback riding, hot air ballooning, polo, bicycling, rock climbing, and swimming.

Founded in 1958, this two-year public college serves over 400,000 residents of eight local cities and the students of the Palm Springs, Desert Sands and Coachella Valley school districts. College of the Desert offers certificates and two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees.

The College served over 15,700 students in the 2016-2017 academic year. COD is a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI ), with almost 70% of the student body identifying as Hispanic. The Coachella Valley community recently passed a $577 million bond measure, allowing for College of the Desert to improve its current facilities and expand its campus locations. These improvements and expansion will assist with College of the Desert's goals of providing an education to students inside and outside of the Coachella Valley.

Representative Duties:

  • Assist instructors in the planning, organization, preparation and presentation of classroom and laboratory materials; set up supplies and equipment.
  • Tutor students individually or small groups in a variety of instructional and tutorial situations; prepare or oversee students in preparation of laboratory setups.
  • Oversee safety and security of instructional materials and equipment.
  • Maintain laboratory environment in a safe, clean and orderly condition; mix, apply and spray chemical applications and herbicides as required.
  • Maintain storeroom and inventory records, equipment, supplies, other materials; maintain and perform minor maintenance on landscape equipment and vehicles as assigned.
  • Receive, issue, store and care for laboratory, classroom, shop, tool room or other instructional material and maintain facilities in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Administer and score tests as assigned; maintain student record and test files; develop reports as requested.
  • Maintain hazardous materials storage and handling as assigned.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:


Any combination equivalent to graduation from high school, supplemented by successful completion of some college level coursework with a grade of "C" or better in a related subject area and four years' experience in field of specialty with at least one year experience in a laboratory setting or work environment directly associated with the assignment.

Knowledge: Principles, practices, procedures and equipment of assigned subject area; laboratory equipment and materials safety regulations involving area of specialty; hazardous materials storage and handling; record-keeping techniques; correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary; district organization, operations, policies and objectives; technical aspects of field of specialty; oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

Ability: Perform specialized and technical duties to assure efficient lab operations; provide information and assistance to students and staff; assure the care and security of assigned equipment, materials and supplies; maintain learning equipment in proper working order; issue and receive equipment and supplies; plan and organize work; understand and follow oral and written directions; work independently with little direction; communicate effectively both orally and in writing to exchange information; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; meet schedules and time lines; maintain records and prepare reports; operate laboratory equipment; research new methods, materials and equipment related to assigned subject area; reach overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally; bend at the waist; stand for extended periods of time.

Working Conditions: Environment: Laboratory environment. Driving a vehicle to conduct work. Subject to exposure to chemicals and other harmful substances.
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Weekly Working Hours: 40
Work Schedule & Hours: Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Salary Schedule Range: Range 10
Posting Number: 19-650
Interview Date: 12/05/2019
Posting Open Date: 10/17/2019
Posting Close Date: 11/10/2019
Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:


Applications missing any of the required documents listed will not be considered. The following documents are required at the time of application:

  • Resume: Must include length of employment (month/year start & end dates) for each employer.
  • Cover Letter: Please address how you meet the minimum requirements for this position and any special qualifications you possess.
  • College Transcripts: Official or unofficial, diplomas will not be accepted in lieu of the required transcripts.


  • List of Professional References: References should include at least two supervisors and two colleagues. Please include name, title, email, and current phone numbers for all four references in your application. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of the required addition of Professional References.

posted: 23 October 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.