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School Officer

Diocese of Townsville Catholic Education - Wellesley Islands, QLD

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Position: School Officer - Laboratory Technician
Commencing Date: Term 3, 2021
Classification: 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: Tuesday, 15 June 2021

St Catherine's Catholic College,The Whitsundaysis a Prep to Year 12 co-educational college, established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1925. The impressive campus also boasts an onsite Kindy. 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 daysfor 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 pro-active 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 starting:$32.26 - $33.27 per hour pending experience
  • Annual Leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging options
  • Modern facilities, equipment and resources
  • Superannuation up to 12.75% employer contribution (in a co-contribution arrangement)
  • Access to long service leave after 7 years of continuous service
  • 14 Weeks’ paid parental leave
  • Deferred Salary Scheme
  • Corporate health insurance
  • Induction, professional development and learning opportunities
  • Well-being 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 Tuesday, 15 June 2021.

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Wellesley Islands, QLD

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