Technical Officer - Scientific

$37.70 hourly
  • NSW Department of Education
  • Sydney NSW, Australia
  • 08 Jun, 2021
Contractor Administrative and other Support Services

Job Description

Organisation/Entity: TAFE NSW
Job Category: Education And/Or Training
Job Location: Sydney Region / Sydney - Inner West
Job Reference Number: 000086GI
Work Type: Flexibility available
Total Remuneration Package: $47.12 to $52.03 per hour
Contact: 02 9217 3095 - Stewart Kimber
Closing Date: 20/06/2021 - 11:59 PM

  • Located within the Sydney Region at Ultimo, Randwick, Gymea and St Leonard’s, however not limited to depending on other campus availability
  • Casual Rate of pay is $37.70 per hour plus any relevant loadings
  • Working a minimum 3-hour shift between the hours of 6am to 10pm, and on days Monday to Saturday depending on the required work.

TAFE NSW’s purpose is to skill the workforce of the future. It is Australia's leading provider of vocational education and training with over 500,000 annual enrolments and a proud history for setting the benchmark for quality service. As the NSW public provider, it supports the NSW Government's priority to grow skills for the economy and jobs of tomorrow. Critically, TAFE NSW plays a vital role in providing vocational education in rural and regional NSW, and job training pathways for the most vulnerable in the community.

The Opportunity
We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced Technical Officer (Scientific) Casuals to join our casual pool and will be required to work across several TAFE NSW locations within the Sydney Region. The Technical Officer (Scientific) role is responsible for supporting the delivery of education services through the maintenance of delivery locations and equipment, preparation and distribution of teaching resources and other related support and administrative functions to help deliver outstanding learning experiences to students.

The Role
As part of the casual pool, you will be on call to provide ad hoc, urgent relief work for teaching sections. You may be asked to work at any one of the below campus locations at short notice. Because of this requirement, you must be flexible, able to travel and have good availability.

About You
You’ll love this role if you:

  • Enjoy carrying out a wide range of duties supporting the learning environment
  • Are committed to providing high quality customer service
  • Can take responsibility for providing safe, efficient and hygienic services
  • Can effectively contribute to daily operational needs as required

Responsible for:

  • Providing students and staff with appropriate equipment and resource materials, setting up experiments and apparatus / preparation of media, reagents etc. / collection, production and preparation of teaching aids / compiling and maintaining laboratory manuals in order to deliver appropriate class support.
  • Preparing the simulated laboratories for clinical practice and assessment (in consultation with teaching staff) in order to support the provision effective learning environments.
  • Maintaining stocks of consumables, keep appropriate records and assist in the purchase and ordering of plant, equipment and consumables to ensure provision of appropriate learning aids.
  • Maintaining an equipment database for all courses delivered by the section and ensure all equipment has Standard Operating Procedures in order to ensure compliance with TAFE NSW WHS accountabilities.
  • Maintaining a register for chemical substances and assist with the disposal of contaminated waste in order to ensure compliance with legislation and TAFE NSW WHS requirements.
  • Providing administrative support to the teaching section to ensure accurate record keeping, financial reporting and the efficient functioning of the teaching section.
  • Providing support services including housekeeping / performing minor equipment repairs (and arranging repairs as required), maintaining trials and other student projects / preparing displays and demonstrations / operating and calibrating laboratory and other equipment / ensuring availability and efficient operation of Audio Visual equipment assisting teachers and other staff in the provision of educational programs.
  • Performing other duties, relevant to the position, as required.

Experience/Skills required:

  • Pathology/Biological Techniques Certificate or Higher certificate, Degree or equivalent qualification to Diploma Laboratory Technology – Pathology Testing, Food and Chemical.


  • Experience working within a laboratory
  • Excellent planning and time management skills.
  • Ability to secure and maintain laboratory, stores and apparatus ready for use.
  • Ability to liaise with teachers regarding class requirements.
  • Ability to set up and maintain laboratories and provide direct class servicing at appropriate times.
  • Computer skills with ability to keep accurate records, maintain supplies and check for return of equipment.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to, implement and monitor relevant fire, health and safety practices relating to the operation of laboratories and associated facilities and ensure hazardous materials are stored and disposed of in accordance with relevant WHS policies, procedures legislation.

Target Questions

  • Can you please tell us about your previous experience and/or skills that are relevant to the position?
  • Communication and active listening are key to ensuring that we are best able to assist those around us. How do you ensure that you understand the needs of stakeholders?

For your application to be considered, you must:

  • An updated resume that verifies your employment history, experience and skills including contact details of 2 referees (maximum 3 pages).
  • A written response that addresses each of the essential and desirable criteria (maximum 3 pages).
  • A written response that clearly addresses the two targeted questions (max. 300 words per question).

Selection Criteria form a specific part of the selection process. Candidates for this role are required to address each of these items specifically in their application. Please note, TAFE NSW will be required to verify your qualifications if this is outlined as an essential requirement.

For full details about the role review the Position Description and the Information Package

CLOSING DATE: Sunday, 20 June 2021 11:59pm


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Job Closing Date

20 Jun, 2021