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Niagara County Community College Biology Technical Assistant in Sanborn, New York

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Position Title Biology Technical Assistant

Position Category Full Time Staff

Position Status 12 Month

FLSA Exempt

Advertised Salary $43,811

Department Biology

Working Hours Monday - Friday 35 hours per week

General Description

Niagara County Community College is seeking a full-time 12-month Technical Assistant for our Biology Laboratory in our Business and STEM Division. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to pursue a career in higher education.

The Technical Assistant will be responsible for the preparation of materials used in undergraduate Microbiology, General Biology, Human Biology and Anatomy & Physiology, Horticulture, and Animal Management laboratories. These responsibilities include set-up and take-down for over 35 laboratory sections per semester, preparing lab materials, maintaining equipment, ordering/receiving of lab supplies, maintaining and preparing volumes of laboratory media, live bacterial and fungal cultures as well as autoclaving and disposal of biological and chemical waste.

This position will also be responsible for maintaining stock rooms, laboratory facilities, and computer/audio visual equipment, inventory of equipment, inventory of equipment and is responsible for purchasing for Life Sciences programs within the Business & STEM Division, assisting with budgets and purchase requisitions.

During periods outside of the fall and spring semesters, assignments may include advisement, community outreach activities and overseeing/instructing camp activities.

Niagara County Community College provides phenomenal benefits for our employees. These benefits are part of a total compensation package comprised of more than just a salary which includes participation in the NYS Retirement System. At NCCC you will have access to benefits that not only cover you and your family’s health but also your well-being as we understand the importance of allowing our employees to have a healthy work life balance by providing our employees with very generous paid time off such as 25 vacation days per year, including campus wide shutdown periods in the Winter and Spring and four-day workweeks in the summer. Please visit to view our benefit offerings.

Typical Work Activities

  • Prepare lab materials for use in undergraduate biology laboratories including microbiology media, microbiology cultures and chemical reagents.

  • Prepare lab materials for Microbiology, General Biology, Human Biology and Anatomy & Physiology, Horticulture, and Animal Management laboratories.

  • Set up and remove class materials weekly in laboratory classrooms;

  • Maintain laboratory facility organization including proper sterilization, autoclaving and disposal of biological specimens and chemical wastes.

  • Manage inventory of equipment including maintaining records, assisting with budgets and purchase requisitions; ordering/receiving of lab supplies

  • Ensure lab equipment is maintained including computer audio/visual equipment.

  • Maintain and prepare volumes of laboratory media, live bacterial and fungal cultures.

  • Advisement, community outreach activities and overseeing/instructing camp activities during the summer months.

  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor

    Essential Functions

Must be able to operate laboratory equipment; must be able to navigate relationships with a diverse population; must be able to operate computers; must be able to speak to groups; must be able to prepare reports and documentation required in performance of duties; must be able to physically perform the duties of the position; must be able to relate to senior members of the department and administration.

Required Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate degree in Biology or Biology-related subject area (with a minimum of 20 credit hours in the biological sciences).

  • Laboratory experience in the biological sciences.

    Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in performing techniques in Microbiology: media preparation, culturing of bacteria, protozoans, and/or fungi.

  • Disposal of biological and/or chemical wastes.

  • Experience setting up labs

  • Experience using and maintaining an autoclave;

  • Experience maintaining microscopes and other laboratory instruments.


    About NCCC

Our college nurtures and empowers its students and employees in ways that recognize and value our common humanity as well as the richness of our diversity. NCCC offers high-quality academic programs leading to degrees and certificates which are supported by outstanding student services in an inclusive and welcoming environment. NCCC provides a variety of cultural, social, and international experiences, as well as community education and workforce development that supports economic development that positively impacts the quality of life of valued stake-holders. The College operates through a collegial model of shared governance and transparency, and is accountable to meet the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

Established in 1962, NCCC offers a comprehensive and vibrant learning environment with an enrollment of approximately 2,849 students (Fall 2023 semester). The student to faculty ratio is 12:1, providing a high degree of personalized attention and connection between students and faculty.

The NCCC campus, located in Sanborn, NY, offers easy access to both Buffalo, NY and Niagara Falls State Park, and is minutes from the Canadian border. The campus is centrally located between the county’s three main cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls, and North Tonawanda. NCCC serves the community in two locations within Niagara County, at the Sanborn campus, and at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, located in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls.

NCCC continues to actively expand with the recent opening of its Learning Commons Center, a $25 million dollar project on the Sanborn campus. In just a short period of time, it has become the nucleus of the campus; a place for faculty to collaborate and help students develop critical thinking skills while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and innovative student support services.

NCCC welcomes applicants who are committed in helping us fulfill our mission and to reach our vision of being a leader in providing a dynamic, high quality, educational environment responsive to current and emerging needs of our students and community. At NCCC we embrace diversity and promote inclusion throughout the institution and seek candidates who share those principles and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

EEO Statement

NCCC does not discriminate and prohibits harassment or discrimination related to any protected category including creed, ethnicity, citizenship, national origin, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, marital status, political or social affiliation, age, race, color, veteran status, military status, religion, sexual orientation, domestic violence status, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S225P

Open Date 04/28/2023

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions Summary

For full consideration applications must be submitted by May 29, 2023. if a viable candidate is not found during the initial review, applications submitted after May 29, 2023 will be considered.

Niagara County Community College considers only those applications that clearly demonstrate the applicant meets all required qualifications as indicated on the posting, please review the qualifications before applying. Persons meeting the required qualifications as stated above should submit the following:

• cover letter that addresses each of the qualifications

• resume

• unofficial transcripts

• names and contact information for three (3) current, work related references

Incomplete packets will be rejected for lack of information.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • How many years of Laboratory experience in biological sciences do you have?
  • No experience

  • Less than 1 year

  • 1 year

  • 1-2 years

  • 3 or more years

    • Do you have at least a Baccalaureate degree in Biology or Biology-related subject area (with a minimum of 20 credit hours in the biological sciences)?
  • Yes

  • No

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Transcripts

    Optional Documents

  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Transcript 2

  • Transcript 3