Science Lab Technician

Job posted: 17/06/2022
Applications close: 08/07/2022 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 18/07/2022 - 20/12/2022

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1283688

Reference: 1283688

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1    Demonstrated experience and skills in coordinating a specific education support function.

SC2    Demonstrated capacity to supervise the work of other support staff and to develop procedures and guidelines relating to the work area.

SC3    Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills.

SC4    Possess the technical knowledge and expertise relevant to the position.

SC5    Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management in respect to the work area.

SC6    Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and others.


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 medical intervention support tasks or other 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 libraries, science and information technology 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.


  • Operate as part of a team for the delivery of quality Science services and support
  • Develop and implement safety procedures within the laboratories in accordance with school policy and relevant safety legislation
  • Have a knowledge of the safety of chemicals and be able to make up suitable dilutions
  • Dispose of waste laboratory materials including chemicals and microbiological waste in accordance with established guidelines and health and safety requirements
  • Be able to navigate the Risk Assess booking system used for the ordering and scheduling of all practical activities
  • Be responsible for the preparation and of practical activities and demonstrations undertaken as part of the delivery of Science courses
  • Consult with Science Teachers on their needs for practical work, set up supplies in tubs or on trolleys and maintain an efficient system of allocation of materials and equipment
  • Provide support to Science Teachers and assist with practical activities and demonstrations such as setting up apparatus when required
  • Ensure all laboratories, preparation areas and storerooms are kept clean, tidy and safe at all times
  • Wash and replenish laboratory equipment to ensure that appropriate laboratory stock levels are maintained to cater for practical classes including keeping stock records and ordering supplies as required
  • Organise and maintain the storage of equipment and materials in accordance with statutory requirements
  • Regularly update the Chemical Register
  • Attend Professional Development as required
  • Perform other duties appropriate to the classification to assist in the effective delivery of services
  • Other duties as requested by Leadership including Principal, Assistant Principals, Business Manager and Science Learning Area Leader

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 of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  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

DET 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

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff emploiyed by the Department and schools in an Education Support Role must have a valid Employee Working With Children Card
  • 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

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Princes Hill SC provides a unique, supportive learning environment that fosters the school values of Achievement, Community, Creativity, Diversity, Social Responsibility and Self-reliance.

The school has approximately 855 students, 72.2 equivalent full-time staff comprised of 3 Principal Class, 56.5 Teacher Class and 13.7 Education Support Class. Demand for places is high and there are limits on the capacity of the school to offer places to students beyond the neighbourhood area. The school attracts a high proportion of families with a professional background who regularly contribute to decision-making processes and support learning programs. The school has excellent facilities in all curriculum areas and is privileged to have access to outstanding playing fields and grounds with Princes Park in close proximity. This beautiful green open space is used by classes and daily student access is supervised at recess and lunchtime.

The school is an inclusive and thriving environment where students of all backgrounds feel welcome and safe. Widely acknowledged as a high performing school Princes Hill SC is recognised by the Department as an ‘Influence’ school for its impressive student academic performance, excellence across the curriculum and enduring social, emotional and personal outcomes. Appreciation of differences between people and awareness of individual needs, interests and abilities is central to the College ethos whilst mutual respect amongst students, and between students and staff is characteristic of relationships. 

Evidence based practice and attention to research is important in our organisation’s thinking and learning.  Realising that students require a range of disposition, skills, attitudes and understandings to live and learn sustainably and cooperatively in today’s world, we maintain mixed ability classes up to Year 10 with a focus on differentiation of learning. Students are engaged students in the social issues of the day, and we encourage and value critical and creative thinking, ethical behaviour and intercultural understanding. Knowing that the wellbeing of students is central to effective learning, the school endorses approaches consistent with positive psychology and restorative practices.

The curriculum makes extensive use of our inner-city location for students' studies. Partnerships are sustained with nearby institutions including the City Edge Network of Schools that enrich the learning environment and culture. Consistent with the school’s philosophy of providing students with a broad education, the College offers an extensive Camps and Outdoor Education Program utilising the school camp, ‘Mirrimbah’, located at the base of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling, and other venues. Further extension includes study tours to, Italy, France, China, Indonesia (Science) and Vietnam. In Year 9, all students are involved in our Wilderness Week program where all students have a weeklong wilderness experience.

Science Lab Technician

Job type:

Part time / From 18/07/2022 - 20/12/2022

Job classification:

Not provided


Trevor Smith | 03 9389 0600

Science Lab Technician