Bard College invites applications for the position of Community Lab Technician for the Environmental and Urban Studies program (EUS). The Community Lab Technician will work to support EUS faculty and students in teaching and research activities that utilize Bard's Community Science Lab (CSL) to support on-the-ground community environmental and environmental justice efforts. Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focused on rethinking who can and should be included in this kind of education.
This is a full time, entry-level position with competitive salary and benefits. We expect to provide training (scientific and/or community engagement oriented) to the successful candidate. We are specifically looking for a team player who excels at working with a wide range of people who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Familiarity with nonprofit and academic institutions is a plus, particularly given the nature of this position -- providing a solid bridge between communities and academia.
Supporting faculty in incorporating regional community members and environmental justice efforts into classes and research
In collaboration with CSL lab staff, promoting the use of CSL instrumentation in courses and student and faculty research
Providing technical assistance with sampling and sensors, both in the lab and in the field
Data processing, analysis, management, and reporting
Providing logistical support for the maintenance of environmental monitoring equipment
Mentoring of student interns
Maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Two or more years of closely related employment (or a Bachelor's Degree in related field)
Demonstrated ability to engage with community members involved in issue- and values-based social change work
Effective communication skills, including the ability to write and speak to broad audiences
Science background (in the field, in the lab, and/or in your personal interests)
Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
Attention to detail
Flexibility and the ability to multitask and meet deadlines
Community organizing and/or academic faculty support experience
Previous experience working with environmental samples (i.e., water, air, soil)
Experience in mentorship and/or supervision of interns
Proficiency with Microsoft Excel
A valid driver's license and comfort driving 12-passenger vans
Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office and laboratory environments
Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed, with compensatory time off
Must be able to lift, on occasion, up to 20 lbs.
The Ideal Candidate Will Possess:
Intellectual curiosity and a positive attitude
Enthusiasm for working as part of a multidisciplinary team that does science with communities to address relevant environmental issues
Creativity, initiative, and adaptability to contribute to a range of new and ongoing projects
Readiness to lead and work collaboratively with others in a variety of contexts and environments
Review of applications will begin immediately and will proceed until the position is filled.
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.
Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.