FILING DEADLINE: TUESDAY DECEMBER 14th, 2021
It is the candidate’s responsibility to be sure that all required materials noted under application procedures section of this job announcement are submitted by the filing deadline in order to be given consideration.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
- Salary Range: $5,406 to $6,575 per month (21/22 Classified Salary Schedule); maximum initial placement at $5,962 per month (placement within this range is based on assessment of previous experience as documented in application materials).
- Fringe benefits: The District offers a competitive health & benefits package for employees and eligible dependents.
- Leave/Holiday time: Full-time classified members earn 8 hours of sick leave and start off accruing 8.0 hours of vacation for each month worked (accrual rate increases after third year of employment and rates are pro-rated for part-time employees). Employees are also compensated for holidays recognized by the District (14 holidays/year, pro-rated for part-time employees).
*Candidate selected will need to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination as a condition of employment (at District’s expense) .*
The District offers a competitive health & benefits package for employees and eligible dependents.
The Agriculture/ Natural Resources department at Santa Rosa Junior College is seeking an energetic, detail-oriented individual with demonstrated organizational, technical, and agricultural skills to join an outstanding team of faculty, staff, and administrators in providing high quality programs and services to our district, community, and most importantly to our students. Under general supervision, performs preparatory work to assist faculty in the instruction of college level students; demonstrates theoretical or practical subject matter in a science laboratory setting; performs technical duties in the operation and maintenance of science laboratories and equipment; follows established policies concerning use and disposal of hazardous or bio-hazardous materials/wastes; and performs related work as required.
This is a categorical, full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified position. The tentative work schedule will be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position is contingent upon funding and Board approval.
The Science Laboratory Instructional Assistant provides technical and instructional support to faculty and students in one or more laboratories within a college science department or programs such as Chemistry, Life Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resources, etc. The Science Laboratory Instructional Assistant has an in-depth knowledge in the science area to which assigned. The Animal Science SLIA will support classroom and lab instruction and facilities including a barn, tack room, stables, pasture, as well as lecture and lab classrooms equipped with projection systems, computer workstations, and discipline-related software. Lab teaching areas are equipped with discipline related devices such as squeeze chutes and handling equipment for cattle and sheep, dissecting tools and supplies, and tools and equipment for routine livestock health procedures.
The Science Laboratory Instructional Assistant is distinguished from the Science Laboratory Technician by the instructional focus and assistance to faculty in instruction.
The Agriculture/Natural Resources Department at Santa Rosa Junior College is made up of eight full-time and over sixty-five adjunct instructors teaching over 3,000 students.
It has been recognized as an Outstanding Agriculture Community College Program by the California Agriculture Teachers Association (CATA).
The Agriculture/Natural Resources Department includes 10 diversified program areas with over 20 different degrees and certificates serving the needs of career-focused and transfer students. The Department also includes a dedicated hands-on learning laboratory in Shone Farm, a 365-acre diversified farm in the Russian River Valley. Shone Farm includes 120 acres of forest, 60 acres of irrigated pasture for various livestock herds, 90 acres of vineyard, 12 acres for crop production, 4 acres of olive and apple trees, and 39 acres of buildings and improvements. Shone Farm also features a bonded winery that produces award-winning wine, and a large agricultural pavilion for classes, events, and equestrian activities. Altogether, it is one of the largest agriculture sites in the California Community College system, and a place where SRJC students learn commercial agriculture techniques that prepare them for the workplace or transfer to a four-year university.
Santa Rosa Junior College is an institution that has been a part of the community for more than 100 years, located in Sonoma County, California. Sonoma County is rich in history, beauty, and culture and it is one of the finest places to live on earth. Over 1.7 million students have attended SRJC in its more than 100-year history, many of whom are drawn to the college for its academic excellence, superb faculty and staff, comprehensive student services and beautiful grounds. At SRJC, we value learning that includes:
- Excellent and innovative instruction and support services;
- A learning- and learner-centered environment;
- A welcoming physical environment;
- Equity-minded faculty and staff who demonstrate empathetic and supportive attitudes;
- Access to programs and courses that lead to transfer and/or gainful employment.
- Access to lifelong learning opportunities
SRJC is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism. We are a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, reflecting the great responsibility that the College has to the educational attainment and economic well-being of the surrounding community and supporting of all diverse groups. In 2019 and 2020, SRJC received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. This award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and SRJC was the only California Community College recipient of this award. The ideal candidate will share SRJC’s commitment to be an inclusive, diverse and sustainable learning community that engages the whole person.
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Examples of key duties are interpreted as being descriptive and not restrictive in nature. Incumbents routinely perform approximately 80% of the duties below.
- Sets up laboratory for science demonstrations and exercises; distributes and arranges equipment, models and other related materials; issues materials and equipment for experiments; assists in the operation and maintenance of instructional labs; participates in the planning and implementation of exercises and experiments; implements new or modified policies and procedures; prepares special instructions for non-routine and complex assignments.
- Researches new developments in the assigned science area; consults with instructors to modify and incorporate changes into laboratory activities.
- Confers with students regarding classroom or laboratory progress; tutors students individually and in groups in problem areas related to instructional subject matter.
- Administers and scores laboratory exams and/or quizzes; confers with instructors and students regarding student test scores; maintains test records, laboratory attendance records and other related records.
- Prepares reports on classroom or laboratory activities and/ or student progress.
- May order or arrange for the ordering of lab supplies and equipment; receives, stores, issues and maintains lab supplies and equipment.
- Prepares, tests, adjusts, modifies, maintains, calibrates and operates a variety of laboratory equipment; troubleshoots problems and makes minor repairs and adjustments as necessary or arranges for service repair.
- May prepare reagents and solutions specific to the science area assigned, using established standards.
- Demonstrates the safe and proper use of laboratory equipment, hazardous or bio-hazardous materials to students.
- Implements departmental policies and procedures to comply with Federal, State and local hazardous materials, health and safety and hazardous waste regulations; enforces laboratory safety procedures, routinely inspects and/or tests safety equipment and supplies; responds to laboratory emergencies including injuries and spills of hazardous or bio-hazardous materials.
- May handle, care for, and/or preserve living organisms.
- May curate or maintain botanical, zoological and/or microbial collections.
- May attend departmental and instructional meetings; organizes special events and completes special projects as assigned.
- May direct the work of student employees, and short-term, non-continuing employees (STNCs).
- May operate, maintain, repair, and/or instruct others in the use of a variety of farm equipment such as tractors and associated implements, weed-eaters, chainsaws, electric fencing, and equipment used for the routine management of livestock including but not limited to tools for castration, dehorning, vaccinating and tagging animals.
- May manage health and care of livestock including tasks such as feeding, cleaning, and the administration of injections, drenches and other technical procedures.
- May transport livestock using a truck and trailer.
- May manage and monitor pasture conditions utilizing rotational grazing with multiple species of animals.
- May operate and maintain irrigation system using tertiary treated water.
Present classroom materials; maintain accurate computerized records, databases, reports and files; interpret and apply policies and procedures, rules and regulations; communicate effectively in English; follow and give oral and written directions; identify problems and recommend solutions; work independently with a minimum of supervision; work effectively with others contacted in the course of work; perform routine and analytical work needed to prepare reagents, solutions, equipment and materials for the laboratory in the science area assigned; set up lab equipment and materials; direct or perform experiments and demonstrations in the area assigned; understand the function of and be able to operate, demonstrate, maintain, troubleshoot, repair and/or calibrate technical laboratory equipment; research, adapt and apply lab methods, practices and techniques common to the science area assigned; collect and analyze laboratory data; handle, care for and/or preserve living organisms if required; curate and maintain botanical, zoological and microbial collections if required; purchase or arrange for the purchase of science laboratory supplies and equipment; handle, store and dispose of hazardous and bio-hazardous materials; maintain cooperative working relationships; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population.
Preferred: Ability to operate, maintain, and troubleshoot farm and livestock facilities and equipment and be able to handle and care for livestock with limited supervision.
Specific subject matter and theoretical principles of the science area to which assigned; materials, tools and equipment, supplies and laboratory methods, practices and techniques used in the science area assigned; materials and equipment used in the repair, calibration and maintenance of technical laboratory equipment; care and maintenance of living organisms if required; curating and maintenance of botanical, zoological and microbial collections if required; current and developing environmental health and safety regulations and advances in the science area assigned; principles, practices, and environmental health and safety regulations necessary to properly use and dispose of hazardous or bio-hazardous materials or work with laboratory equipment; standard office productivity software; principles of record keeping.
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Candidates/incumbents must meet the minimum qualifications as detailed below, or file for equivalency. Equivalency decisions are made on the basis of a combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. If requesting consideration on the basis of equivalency, an Equivalency Application is required at the time of interest in a position (equivalency decisions are made by Human Resources, in coordination with the department where the vacancy exists, if needed.)
Bachelor’s degree with a major related to the science area assigned (Agriculture or Animal Science or related field).
- Previous relevant work experience in agriculture with the care and maintenance of sheep, cattle and goats in a commercial or educational environment.
- Previous relevant work experience in maintenance and operation of agricultural equipment.
- Previous relevant work experience with a focus on rotational grazing and pasture management.
- Bilingual Skills (oral and written communication – English/Spanish).
LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE:
This classification requires the use of a personal or District vehicle while conducting District business. Must possess a valid (Class C) California driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.
May be required to possess certain licenses or certificates (e.g., valid Class C California driver’s license, CPR, First Aid certificate), or possess proof of training in areas relevant to subject matter to which assigned. Must be able to perform physical activities, such as, but not limited to, lifting heavy items (up to 50 lbs. unassisted), bending, standing, climbing or walking. *Candidate selected will need to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination as a condition of employment (at District’s expense) .* Must be able to work outside in all weather conditions.
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must provide the following:
- A completed Santa Rosa Junior College/GovernmentJobs.com Employment Application and responses to Agency-wide Questions. Please note resumes are not a substitute for completing the “Work Experience” section of the employment application. Applications will be considered incomplete if no work experience is listed, or if other required application fields are missing or incomplete.
- Contact information (phone number and email address) for three professional references.
- A brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, including how you meet the minimum and preferred requirements and are qualified to perform the essential functions as listed in this section of the job posting.
- Current Resume.
- If applicable, copies of transcripts of all college-level coursework, including confirmation of degrees. If selected for the position, official transcripts must be submitted prior to employment. Unofficial copies (both sides) will be accepted if the unofficial document includes a seal, watermark, or other proof that the document was provided by an educational institution.
- If transcripts are from an institution outside of the United States, applicants must provide a formal evaluation of their foreign degree(s) at the time of application. Information on Foreign Degree Requirements
6. If you do not possess minimum qualifications as noted under the Minimum Qualifications Section of the job posting, you must complete and attach the Classified Equivalency Application (Download PDF reader) and supporting documents, including narrative synopsis, to your employment application in order to be considered.
7. A current DMV Driver report (within the last six (6) months verifying a good driving record.
8. Copy of current CPR & First Aid Certificate
PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY MATERIALS REQUESTED.
Following the filing deadline, applications which are complete for screening will be reviewed by a screening committee. Approximately 2-4 weeks after the filing deadline, Human Resources will notify you whether or not you have been selected for an interview. Those applicants most suitably qualified for the position will be invited to interview with a Screening Committee.
If you are in need of special services or facilities due to a disability in order to apply or interview for this opening, please contact the Human Resources Department.
MORE ABOUT SRJC HUMAN RESOURCES
BUSSMAN HALL ANNEX
MAILING ADDRESS: 1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
PHONE: (707) 527-4954
The office is located in the Bussman Building on the Santa Rosa campus. All documents included in your online employment application become the property of the District. Your employment application for this opening will not automatically be considered for future openings. New employment application(s) must be submitted for each opening.
Due to COVID-19, the Human Resources staff are working remotely until further notice.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (Prior to beginning employment):
- In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States;
- Must be fingerprinted in California and have background clearance (at applicant’s expense); and
- Must take a TB test (once hired and every four years thereafter).
- The selected candidate will need to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination as a condition of employment (at the District’s expense); and
- Within 6 months of employment, must complete required District trainings such as Title IX, Mandated Reporter.
- Employees who work on-site or access District facilities: Through December 31, 2021: either provide proof of full vaccination or submit to weekly testing. Beginning January 1, 2022: provide proof of full vaccination. For more details, see vaccination mandate.
Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Jeanne Clery Disclosure)
Sonoma County Junior College District’s annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Sonoma County Junior College District; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. Link to read or obtain a full copy of this report. Paper copies of the full report are available upon request by contacting Police Department Records at (707) 527-4963 or by visiting the Sonoma County Junior College District Police Department located at 2032 Armory Drive, Pedroncelli Center, Santa Rosa Campus.
The Sonoma County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic group identification, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices; nor does the District discriminate against any employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their age. This non- discrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in District programs and activities– including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and athletics–and application for District employment.
VISION: SRJC aspires to be an inclusive, diverse and sustainable learning community that engages the whole person.
MISSION: SRJC passionately cultivates learning through the creative, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, aesthetic and ethical development of our diverse community.
- We focus on student learning by preparing students for transfer; by providing responsive career and technical education; and by improving students’ foundational skills.
- We provide a comprehensive range of student development programs and services that support student success and enrich student lives.
- We support the economic vitality, social equity and environmental stewardship of our region.
- We promote personal and professional growth and cultivate joy at work and in lifelong learning.
- We foster critical and reflective civic engagement and thoughtful participation in diverse local and global communities.
- We regularly assess, self-reflect, adapt, and continuously improve.
Equal Employment Opportunity
SRJC attracts and retains the most qualified faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. This is achieved through an inclusive recruitment strategy and a rigorous, thorough hiring process that begins with the fair and consistent evaluation of each application for minimum qualifications and demonstrated skills specific to each position/assignment. Because the ability to serve students from broad cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds and genders is a key commitment of the District mission, SRJC actively encourages applications from candidates who recognize the value that diversity brings to a professional educational community.
The Sonoma County Junior College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.