Los Angeles Community College District

Life Sciences Laboratory Technician (#5263)

$26.62-$32.98 hourly / $4,614.66-$5,716.74 monthly / $55,375.92-$68,600.88 annual

Special Note

Salary pending Board of Trustees approval of FY 21/22 5.07% COLA


Prepares and assembles media and equipment used in biological experiments and demonstrations; operates and services scientific equipment; assists students and faculty with instructional activities; and orders, issues, receives, and stores laboratory materials and supplies.

Typical Duties

Schedules and oversees the use of one or more life science laboratories by students, faculty, and staff.

Instructs students individually in the proper and safe use and operation of a variety of equipment and tools and orients students to established policies within the instructional laboratory.

Prepares and dispenses various media, cultures, solutions, and stains.

Ensures the return of all solutions and chemicals used in laboratory exercises.

Assembles supplies and constructs apparatus; sets up and may assist in conducting classroom experiments and demonstrations.

Issues and receives materials and equipment for student use in laboratory and classroom assignments; keeps records and effects the return of supplies and equipment checked out to students.

Operates, maintains, and makes minor adjustments and repairs on laboratory equipment such as microscopes and balances.

Maintains inventory records of supplies, equipment, and specimens and prepares requisitions as needed.

Stores supplies and equipment, disposes of solutions according to guidelines, and keeps storerooms and working areas orderly and clean.

Washes and sterilizes laboratory glassware.

Cares for live specimens.

Performs clerical work related to laboratory activities such as word processing, record keeping, filing, and answering telephone inquiries.

Maintains material safety data sheets for all department chemicals and products.

May assist instructional staff in writing instructions and study aids and designing apparatus for specialized experiments.

May provide training and work direction to student employees.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Life Sciences Laboratory Technician applies knowledge of the biological sciences and scientific laboratory procedures and techniques in performing a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of biological laboratories, which includes the preparation of media, supplies, materials, and equipment; maintenance of equipment and facilities; storekeeping functions; and proper and safe use of equipment and materials.

A Chemistry Laboratory Technician applies knowledge of chemistry and scientific laboratory procedures and techniques in performing a broad range of duties related to the day-to-day operations of chemistry laboratories, which includes the preparation of media, supplies, materials, and equipment, maintenance of equipment and facilities, storekeeping functions; and proper and safe use of equipment and materials.


General supervision is received from an academic supervisor. Functional supervision is received from instructional staff. Work direction may be provided to student employees.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Basic principles of biology and their relationships to specializations such as anatomy, botany, microbiology, molecular, physiology, and zoology

Scientific laboratory procedures and techniques used in a biological laboratory

Scientific laboratory equipment and apparatus

Scientific methods of measurement

Health and safety practices and precautions applicable to a laboratory setting

Proper and safe handling and disposal of harmful chemicals, substances, and hazardous wastes

Capabilities of computer systems, software and hardware common to instructional laboratories

Recordkeeping procedures

Ability to:

Provide instructional assistance to students and instructional staff

Follow complex instructions and formulae in the preparation and construction of media and equipment set-ups

Effectively and safely operate, adapt, and maintain scientific equipment

Perform minor repairs and adjustments to a variety of laboratory equipment

Keep detailed and precise records

Maintain an inventory of equipment, supplies, and tools

Work effectively and cooperatively with students and instructional staff

Give clear and concise instructions

Effectively utilize computer hardware and software applications in assigned program area

Learn general and specialized software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A. An associate degree or its equivalent, from a recognized college or university, with a major in biological science or a related field.


B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two years of full-time, paid experience as a laboratory technician in a biological laboratory.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 5263; EST: ; REV: 5/8/2019;