Laboratory Technician (Ed Support Level 1-range 2)

Schools (Government)

Rutherglen, VIC

Posted 11/10/2019

Location Profile

Rutherglen High School is situated in Northeast Victoria servicing the townships of Chiltern, Rutherglen, Springhurst and Wahgunyah and the surrounding farming communities. The February enrolment in 2019 was 293, equally split between males and females. Approximately 59% of students travel by bus and a small but increasing percentage of students live over the border in NSW.

The school provides a challenging and balanced comprehensive curriculum with flexibility to meet the needs of each student. All students are able to participate in an environment which values and respects their achievements. Students are expected to display a commitment to improvement of skills and knowledge, develop self-discipline and initiative and respect themselves, each other, the staff and their environment.

Rutherglen High School employs 2 Principal class officers, 28 teaching staff as well as several Instrumental Music Teachers and 12 Educational Support staff with a number of these being employed on a part-time basis.

Students in Years 7 and 8 study a core curriculum based on the Victorian Curriculum. This involves courses of study in the Arts, English, French, Mathematics, Health & Physical Education, Science, Humanities and Technology. Year 9 students are able to select from a range of electives and also participate in the Future Makers program as well as experiential learning through school and community based projects. In Years 10 – 12 student can select from a range of VCE units as well as Vocational Education and Training (VET), Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SBATS). An Applied Learning program operates at Year 10 for students with a vocational pathway in mind.

The school provides a wide range of extracurricular and enrichment programs including: excursions, inter school sport, debating, public speaking, annual musical production, instrumental music, VCE workshops and lunchtime activities. The school also operates a variety of year level camps based around a specific theme or skill set. These activities foster the qualities of leadership, initiative, independence, self-confidence, self-esteem, problem solving, decision making, resilience, team work and social skills.

The school is located on 13.95 hectares of land and provides an attractive and stimulating environment for students and community use. There are excellent outdoor sporting facilities on site including the Rutherglen High School Community Centre. The school is close to all other sporting facilities in the town, including the Shire swimming pool, and enjoys close cooperation from all sporting bodies. Students in the school have an outstanding record in interschool sport.

School Council is committed to continually upgrading the buildings and grounds. A particular emphasis is placed on upgrading resources to keep abreast with changing technology. A very successful BYOD program operates with over 90% of students participating. In 2012 $1.6 million was expended through the Trade Training Centre program to upgrade the food, wood and metal facilities and support teaching of VET subjects. The $1.6 million STEM centre was completed in October 2018. It features teaching spaces which can be quickly re-configured to support a variety of group sizes and teaching and learning approaches.

There is a very effective welfare and student management policy in place, supported by year level co-ordinators and a Student Welfare Co-ordinator. The school also has the services of a School Nurse and a doctor through the Doctors in Schools initiative. A Careers Advisor is available to help students make appropriate choices in school and beyond. School Captains, House Captains and the Student Representative Council foster student participation and responsibility.

Parental involvement is welcomed and high value is placed on the home school partnership. The school encourages and enjoys strong links with the community. Rutherglen High School is a vital and active educational institution. It provides a caring, orderly, and disciplined environment in which learning can flourish and be enjoyed.

Selection Criteria

SC1 Demonstrated experience and knowledge in the operation of a school laboratory

SC2 Sound understanding of the general sciences including chemistry, biology, physics, geology and electronics.

SC3 Demonstrated understanding of occupational health and safety practices in a science environment.

SC4 Well developed interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively under minimum supervision.

SC5 Demonstrated capacity to provide advice and support to management in respect to the work area.

SC6 Demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth.


Rutherglen High School has an exciting opportunity for a well organised person with a passion for science.

The role encompasses the day to day organisation of the operations of the science laboratory at our school.

You will be supporting the delivery of science curriculum to secondary students from year 7 through to and including VCE Units 3 & 4. This position reports to the Science Leader, Principal and Business Manager.

Significant experience and demonstrated capacity to operate in a school laboratory is essential.

Performs and/or supervises tasks that are carried out in accordance with guidelines, accepted practice and school policy. This may include the supervision and coordination of other education support class staff within the work area or educational program. Supervision and coordination would be limited to ensuring routine tasks are performed to required standards..


Control the storage, safe handling and usage of chemicals and associated materials wihtin the framework of science education.

Prepare chemical, electronic and other materials for class or individual student experiementation and supervise the issue and return of chemicals, materials and equipment used in the classroom by teachers and students.

Provide relevant technical advice in relation to experiements and science projects undetaken by students and supervise the same in conjunction with teaching staff.

Undertake OH&S duties for the unit and provide advice to teaching staff on National and State standards in laboratory procedure.

Dispose of chemicals and equipment in accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation.

Obtain, maintain and breed appropriate varieties of living organisms as required.

Manufacture, maintain and repair items of technical and other science equipment and apparatus

Maintain chemical and other scientific equipment registers and data bases

Actively participate in classroom demonstrations and the instruction of students under supervision and in support of a qualified teacher.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at

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