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Vertebrate Technician

$4,010 – $4,949 monthly

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 6/04/23

Job Description

Vertebrate Technician

Job No: 527645
Work Type: Staff
Location: Long Beach
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Temporary, Full Time, Research

Job Summary

The Vertebrate Technician will support services for the vertebrate and insect collections in the Department of Biological Sciences and to the faculty members using these collections in teaching and research.
Key Responsibilities

  • Set up material in lecture and laboratory courses utilizing these collections
  • Manage the vertebrate and insect collections and database of the Department of Biological Sciences. This includes birds, mammals, fishes, amphibians, reptiles and insects as preserved specimens, both dry and fluid
  • Provide technical support for all faculty members and visitors who use these collections in teaching and research
  • Work with the safety office of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to ensure safety compliance for these collections
  • Conduct outreach programs and interact with CSULB students, faculty members, administrators, and other staff members and community members outside CSULB
Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency with computers sufficient to maintain collections database and website.

  • Sufficient manual dexterity and proficiency with small tools to prepare zoological specimens, especially study skins of birds and mammals.

  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills to a broad range of animals, including a willingness to learn new skills and applications and to acquire training as needed.

    Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
    Education and Experience

    Equivalent to three (3) years of academic or professional laboratory experience in vertebrate biology required. BA or BS degree in biological sciences or related discipline preferred. MS in biological sciences preferred. Experience in entomology desirable. Experience preparing specimens for scientific collections preferred.
    Physical Summary

    Medium work - Job involves lifting heavy-weight objects (20-40 pounds) and/or 20% - 40% of the job involves standing, squatting, kneeling, or walking. May require pushing or pulling objects within the weight limits.
    Licenses / Certificates

    CA Driver's License preferred.

    Biological Sciences Department

    Instructional Support Technician II

    Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

    Hiring Range: $4,010 - $4,949 per month commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training

    CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,010 - $7,254 per month

    Excellent benefits through CalPERS (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, generous vacation and sick leave, and 14 paid holidays each year.
    Time Base

    Full-time temporary position for two (2) years with no permanent status granted. Temporary assignments may expire prior to the ending date.
    Application Procedures

    Click Apply Now to complete the CSULB Online Employment Application.

    PLEASE FILL OUT THE APPLICATION COMPLETELY. It is important that all sections of the on-line application are filled out completely and accurately. Please include all relevant education and experience. Your application will be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.
    Additional Information

    CSULB is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

    California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.
    Equal Employment Statement

    California State University Long Beach is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

    To view the University's Annual Campus Crime Report go to: Copies of the report are available upon request. To request a copy, contact the University Police Department at [Register to View] .

    We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact
    Out of State Employment Policy

    California State University, Long Beach, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon date of hire to reside in the State of California.

    As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

    Application Closes: May 18, 2023 (11:55 PM)

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Company Details

Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.