School Officer - Laboratory Technician

$32.26 - $33.27 hourly
  • Townsville Catholic Education Office
  • St Catherine’s Catholic College, Renwick Road, Proserpine QLD, Australia
  • 27 Aug, 2021
Full time - Fixed Term Teaching Aides & Special Needs

Job Description

Position: School Officer - Laboratory Technician
Commencing Date: 
Term 3, 2021 
Term Time, Fixed Term Contract
Hours: 20 hours a week across 5 days
Salary Range: $32.26 - $33.27 per hour pending experience
Closing Date: Sunday, 12 September 2021

St Catherine's Catholic College, The Whitsundays is a Prep to Year 12 co-educational college, established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1925. The college has vibrant, modern and innovative facilities that create inspired learning spaces for students both within the classroom and outside, allowing teachers to use the right strategies at the right time for their class.

Townsville Catholic Education provides a supportive, flexible working environment where care for the individual is an important part of our ethos.  We employ motivated people who want to work together to produce excellent outcomes for our students. Our staff is recognised as being central to achieving our mission. 

About the role

St Catherine's Catholic College, The Whitsundays is seeking an experienced and dedicated School Officer - Laboratory Technician. This role is a Term Time, Fixed Term Contract completing 20 hours a week over 5 days for the remainder of the 2021 Teaching Year (concluding Friday, 13 December 2021). 

The primary purpose of the position is to assist with the preparation and delivery of equipment and materials for the Science Learning Area, maintaining control of equipment and laboratories in order to support the Science programs throughout the college in accordance with Work Health and Safety and applicable legislative requirements.

This position may have responsibility for the work and organisation of others in limited areas. The work of others may be supervised, teams may be guided or facilitated. Training of subordinate staff may be required.

Key Accountabilities

Key accountabilities for the School Officer - Laboratory Technician will include but are not limited to:

  • Provide effective assistance and support for the science programs throughout the college and practical support to Science Department Teaching staff, when required
  • Design and demonstrate experiments and Practical Assessments under supervision of an academic employee ensuring application of discretion and judgement
  • Prepare and maintain accurate laboratory records in accordance with file maintenance procedures
  • Prepare, maintain (includes ordering of required stock), organise, set-up and dismantle equipment and materials for routine experiments or student projects and dispose of waste materials as appropriate
  • Work closely with other laboratory assistants and academic teachers etc. to regularly review processes
  • Under direction and within existing WHS routines, methods and procedures, prepare, maintain and dispense stock solutions, simple chemical mixtures and compounds, cultures or similar materials
  • Maintain regular communication with science department and Work Health and Safety Officer to maintain laboratory compliance.
  • Other duties as reasonably directed.

About You


  • The ability to work collaboratively in a school context and engage in discussion of contemporary issues and research to ensure a commitment to improve and achieve best practice standards
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with minimum supervision
  • Understanding of Work Health and Safety and associated safe work practices within a laboratory setting
  • Developed knowledge and understanding of the use of Hazardous Substances Risk Assessment and Safety Data Sheets.


  • Demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise tasks in a busy environment
  • Ability to manage conflicting and changing priorities ensuring diligence and professionalism
  • A demonstrated ability to develop and sustain, foster productive working relationships.


  • Enthusiastic, energetic, flexible with a proactive attitude
  • An ability to communicate with a range of employees across primary and secondary school settings
  • Confident and engaging with a personal warmth that engenders mutual respect with students, staff and parents
  • Flexible and responsive to the needs of the school community and driven to achieve the best outcomes.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Current Working with Children Suitability Card - The successful candidate will require a paid Blue Card before commencement as per the No Card, No Start policy developed by Queensland Government
  • Minimum Certificate 3 or Higher in Laboratory Skills/Techniques or demonstrated industry experience
  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Ability to travel from time to time within the Catholic Diocese of Townsville
  • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the role in a safe manner.

Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrated experience in a laboratory setting.

Some employees may be subject to pre-employment medical assessments during the selection process. Depending on the nature of the position, it may be necessary for successful applicants to be immunised against certain preventable diseases in order to minimise the risk of transmission.

What we offer

  • Competitive Salary range: $32.26 - $33.27 per hour pending experience
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Access to salary packaging options to maximise employee benefits and salary 
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Access to additional Employer Superannuation Contributions
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service (portability of Long Service Leave may also be applicable)
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Access to corporate health schemes
  • Induction processes and professional learning programs
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Wellbeing programs and initiatives

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Upload a cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experience to support the key accountabilities of the role identified in the position description
  • Upload a current resume including contact details (phone and email) of two professional referees

Please see the Position Description for more information.  

Applications during the shortlisting phase will be kept confidential. 

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 12 September 2021.

View other vacancies here


Not Applicable

School Type


Job Closing Date

12 Sep, 2021