Laboratory Technician, Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara, CA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$18-$21 per hour, DOE
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Laboratory Technician assists with a wide range of lab and office work supporting the inventory, conservation, and restoration of California’s flora and ecological communities. Occasional field work may also be required. This full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position reports to the Conservation Geneticist. Essential Duties: • Perform routine molecular genetics lab work, including: o DNA extraction o DNA quantitation o Gel electrophoresis o PCR o Assist with additional laboratory tasks as assigned (including high-throughput library preparations) • Prepare, database, and help maintain dried plant tissues for SBBG tissue bank; o Coordinate with collectors to obtain necessary meta-data when accessions are made by SBBG collectors; • Enter data, and maintain SBBG DNA database; • Upload genetic data to publicly available databases (GenBank, BOLD); • Assist with analyses and report preparation; • Assist and manage volunteers as needed;
Knowledge and Abilities: • Working knowledge of basic molecular genetic techniques; • Experience with and knowledge of basic taxonomic principles in botany; • Knowledge of and experience with the California flora (preferred, not required); • Ability to follow instructions, work successfully with others, and work independently with minimal supervision; • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills; • Manual dexterity sufficient to preform laboratory work and prepare plant tissue specimens; • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; • Computer proficiency including ability to use Microsoft Access, Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and ability to learn new computer programs as necessary including Geneious, BOLDsystems; • Willingness and ability to work cooperatively with peers at SBBG and other institutions; • Support for the Garden’s mission and goals. Qualifications and Experience: • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in biology, ecology, botany, environmental science, conservation biology, or closely related area; • Master’s degree (preferred, not required) or two or more full‐time years (or equivalent) of relevant experience. Certificates and Licenses: • Must have valid California Driver License and maintain an acceptable driving record. Physical Requirements: Must be capable of occasional strenuous physical work including: • Sitting for up to 2.0 hours at a time and using computer for lengthy periods • Standing/walking for extended periods of time • Bending, squatting, and walking stairs • Safely lifting and carrying 40 lbs. • Rigors of an outdoor work environment, including temperature fluctuations, rain, dust, allergens, poison oak, insects, wild animals, steep slopes, and sun exposure.
Contact Person
Jill Freeland
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