Laboratory Technician (Ed Support Level 1-Range 2)

Job posted: 13/02/2024
Applications close: 26/02/2024 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Western Region | Ballarat

Job type: Full time / From 04/03/2024 - 26/01/2026

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1401889

Reference: 1401889

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Western Region | Ballarat

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated laboratory/technical experience and skills to undertake the role and responsibilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team and independently in a Science Lab
  • Demonstrated ability to apply outstanding organisational and logistical skills
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal skills including oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to teachers and management in respect of the Science work area
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth 


No additional attendance required for this position.

Performs and/or supervises tasks that are carried out in accordance with guidelines, accepted practice and school policy.  This may include the supervision and coordination of other education support class staff within the work area or educational program.  Supervision and coordination would be limited to ensuring routine tasks are performed to required standards.  Input into identifying training needs and development of education support class staff within the work area or educational program becomes an important feature at range 2.

Specialised support to achieve specific outcomes is a feature of range 2.  Typically this will involve accountability for a single function, (e.g. ensuring data is properly maintained) or the operation of a work area (e.g. managing the day to day operation of a school office) under the direction of the principal or another senior manager.

Provides support to teachers and students that is beyond the routine support provided at education support class Level 1, range 1.  Within an educational program assists teachers with the coordination of the support function, such as directing/organising the work of other support staff or providing a specialist support role. 

Undertakes specialised student/teacher support roles that require specific training that must be updated from time to time.  The role is for a specific purpose for which there will be direct accountability as opposed to support roles that are carried out by a range of staff performing routine tasks under direction.

Performs technical tasks that require a sound knowledge of basic technical and/or scientific principles that are used to develop and adapt work methods and make judgements where there are clear guidelines and limited options.  Routine technical support in a science laboratories would be typical examples.

An education support class position supports the educational services being provided to students, but must not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic) or its successor.  Supervision of students cannot be required except where it is an integral part of the employee's position or involves supervision of students individually or in small groups, in controlled circumstances, where the responsibility for students remains clearly with a teacher.



  1. Manage chemical store within MCC and EED.
  2. Understand and manage chemicals within the requirement of the GHS for the storage of chemicals.
  3. Maintain an up to date register of SDS documentation.
  4. Handle and prepare all manner of hazardous and dangerous chemical solutions within strict OHS guidelines at all times.
  5. Follow DET OHS guidelines and apply these across the Science KLA.
  6. Manage chemical waste produced within the Science KLA and Earth Ed.
  7. Arrange for waste disposal via accredited waste removal companies from time to time.
  8. Maintain stores of equipment and materials.
  9. Complete annual stocktakes of chemicals, equipment and materials.
  10. Drive an effective and efficient system through RiskAssess for the delivery of materials for practical classes.
  11. Provide input into the development of practical classes relevant to all year levels at MCC and high end EED programs.
  12. Provide advice to teachers on the use of practical materials and equipment and the science behind the practical exercises.
  13. Prepare, reload and dismantle practicals for Mount Clear College and Earth Ed.
  14. Undertake sound microbiological techniques to maintain and prepare cultures for practical classes.
  15. Use research grade equipment such as AAS, spectrophotometers, fume cupboards and microscopes.
  16. Effect minor repairs and maintenance to equipment including the likes of microscopes, Bunsen burners etc.
  17. Source and collect local materials including various plants, invertebrates, soil and water samples.
  18. Raise purchase orders with businesses Australia wide to include a range of animals for dissection purposes.
  19. Develop good relationships with science supply businesses.
  20. Maintain laboratories and report maintenance requirements to MCC facilities manager and/or IT staff.
  21. Undertake relevant PD.


Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DE Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

Enquiries regarding the position can be directed to the Business Manager, Julie Dodgshun on 0439 617 824.
Applications must include: 
1. A specific response to all the key selection criteria 
2. A CV including the names of three referees and contact numbers should be included in the application 
3. Applications should be submitted, AS ONE DOCUMENT, via Recruitment Online.

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Location Profile

Mount Clear College is nestled into an idyllic bush setting on the edge of the Woowookarung Regional Park, 6 kilometres from the centre of Ballarat. Our College is a Year 7 to 12 co-educational College and we are renowned for, and proud of, our ability to maintain the friendly, caring approach of a small school, despite our student numbers being over 1000.

The essence of the College’s philosophy is to provide educational opportunities of the highest quality, where each student is challenged to reach their full potential. College resources include a highly experienced and dedicated staff who promote quality teaching and learning within a secure safe learning community. We are proud of being identified as an AVID (Achievement via Individual Determination) school. Adopting AVID’s WICOR learning and teaching and framework has allowed us to achieve and consolidate the great work already occurring in our classrooms in a more consistent manner across the College.

Mount Clear College is an exciting place to work and offers incredible opportunities and cultural diversity for both our students and our staff. Alongside traditional education programs, Mount Clear offers a vast array of academic and cultural programs including Australia’s first Confucius Classroom, established in 2009.  Staff have opportunities for international experiences including teacher training programs in China, the annual Victorian Young Leaders to China program and our biennial school trip to Japan. Mount Clear College’s purpose built Language Centre has become the Hub of LOTE and cultural programs throughout the region for Japanese and Chinese providing immersion programs to Primary Schools across the region.

We also have one of only six Specialist STEM Centres in Victoria - our Earth Ed Centre.  The Centre provides specialist day programs for students, professional development activities for teachers and is a hub for science education across the State and hosts primary and secondary students from across Victoria who attend specialised programs provided by our Earth Education Centre.

The College’s Performing Arts program is highly regarded both within Victoria and also internationally for our outstanding Musical Futures Program.

We are extremely proud of the considerable building works, upgrades and refurbishments undertaken at our College during recent years.  Major highlights include our state-of-the-art Technology Centre, refurbished 300 seat Theatre, Visual Arts and Science Hubs and VCAL Learning Centre.  With these projects now completed, further Government funding of $5.5 million dollars will be utilised to refurbish the junior school, as well as major improvements to our grounds and outdoor areas to enhance and embrace our natural picturesque surrounding environment.

Mount Clear College is committed to being a ‘Child Safe’ school with and expectation that all staff commit to our Child Safe policy and Child Safe Code of Conduct.  Appropriate rigorous reference and background checking will be undertaken for this selection process, including a Working with Children Check and police record and identity check.  We are committed to commitment to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.  We are also committed to meeting the needs of all students, including those with a disability, our indigenous students and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Laboratory Technician (Ed Support Level 1-Range 2)

Job type:

Full time / From 04/03/2024 - 26/01/2026

Job classification:

Ed Support Level 1-Range 2


Julie Dodgshun | 0439 617 824

Laboratory Technician (Ed Support Level 1-Range 2)