To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY: Under minimal supervision, the Lab Technician is responsible for the support and coordination of learning activities and laboratories related Horticulture and Parks & Natural Resources under the direction of the coordinating faculty and Greenhouse Operations Manager. Must work cooperatively with college personnel, department personnel, and students. May require some evening and weekend work.
UNIVERSAL CORE COMPETENCIES:
Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.
Prepare for indoor and outdoor class labs by reserving vans and equipment and organizing and loading equipment, tools and materials needed for labs prior to lab start time.
Work with faculty to transport students, materials, tools and equipment to lab sites and effectively work with students throughout the labs to accomplish lab objectives.
Maintain tools and equipment in the horticulture shop and maintain facilities, grounds, Department Laboratories to include but not limited to the campus swan pond area, including routine checks on, care, and feeding of trumpeter swans, Atherton Wetland, etc...
Ability to work with students unsupervised in a lab setting. Conduct interpretive programs and group visits to the college.
Operate and have a working knowledge of a variety of horticulture equipment used for instruction including sod cutters, mowers, tractors, skid loader, masonry saws, chainsaws, and hand power tools.
Operate basic computer programs including Word, Outlook, and Excel to routinely communicate with others, track maintenance accomplishments, reconcile P-card, submit electronic time sheets, reserve vehicles, etc.
Perform other related work duties as assigned.
Be able to work within a team environment and gain cooperation across departments.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings that consists of 40 hours per week.
Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
Able to prioritize and complete tasks as required.
Attention to detail and an ability to complete complex tasks without errors.
Ability to understand and follow written and oral instructions.
Must be able to work effectively in an environment where interruptions of work in progress occur frequently, where work on multiple projects is common, and where timelines on project completion are tight.
Effective time management and organizational skills (multitasking).
Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
Be able and willing to represent the college in a positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers, and the community we serve.
Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, colleagues, staff, administrators, and the general public.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.
Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license with a good driving record.
Obtain within 6 months of hire CDL Class B with Passenger and Air Brake Endorsement.
PREFERREDQUALIFICATIONS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS:
Degree in Parks, Natural Resources, or Horticulture discipline preferred.
2 years' experience preferred.
Kirkwood Community College declares and affirms that it values and respects diversity and inclusion in all College-sponsored events, all employment practices, and all educational programs and activities. The College will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of persons on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, religion, or disability.
Anyone who has questions or complaints should contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, or by phone to (319) 398-5572, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Fax: (312) 730-1576, Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.
At Kirkwood Community College, we are focused on success. Whether you are a prospective student or parent, an employer or simply someone who cares about the growth and vitality of eastern Iowa—you have an energetic, committed partner with us at Kirkwood. Since the mid-1960s our graduates have worked, raised families and prospered in this area. More than 70,000 of these grads have applied their academic degrees to work in a host of fields. Tens of thousands more have enjoyed life-enriching experiences through our Continuing Education programs. As our college has grown, so have the tools and facilities to meet the changing needs of our Creative Corridor. A key part of that growth in service is our network of regional centers. Kirkwood employees have long set the standard for innovative talent, visionary spirit and overall excellence in their work. Being part of Kirkwood means being part of a deep commitment to the success of every student, every day.
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