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Science Materials Resources Assistant

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Salary range: 27

Reports to: Department Head/Curriculum Department/Science Resource Teacher


Under general supervision, manage Science Resource Center and refurbish materials kits for science programs. Support science programs by delivering live organisms and coaching teachers on best practices for care of animals and plants in order to promote health and longevity in the classroom.


Any combination of training and experience equivalent to two years of college level work with emphasis on specific courses in specialized areas.

Two years of experience as an instructional aide or in related positions.

  • Initiate orders for, receive, and manage components that make up the elementary science kits
  • Supervise hourly workers brought in to assist with the Science Resource Center
  • Manage and maintain the Science Resource Center, both in terms of the refurbishing functions as well as in terms of meeting and staff development functions
  • Monitor and maintain the inventory of replacement parts for science kits as back-ups to normal kit use and to expedite the refurbishment process
  • Implement reservation schedule for dispersal of kits and supplemental materials
  • Manage a system for cost efficient purchasing, ordering and stocking supplies for kits and supplemental materials
  • Collect and maintain supplemental materials to enhance classroom experience
  • Update and maintain literary and supplemental scientific resources for lending library
  • Deal with a wide variety of personalities and situations requiring tact, judgment, and poise
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with teachers, students, and others contacted during the course of this work
  • Use a variety of computer applications
  • Carry out verbal and written directions independently
  • With appropriate training, may be called upon to provide First Aid or CPR
  • Learn and interpret specific rules, laws, and policies, and apply them with good judgment in a variety of procedural situations.
  • A thorough knowledge of scientific materials and procedures;
  • Understandin of availability of resources;
  • Microsoft Word, Filemaker and Works;
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation;
  • Knowledge of operations, procedures, specific rules and precedents of the Science Resource Center.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, turn, talk and hear, and taste and smell. The employee frequently is required to use hands to write, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must occasionally lift arms above shoulders to point, reach, touch, pull or lift.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. Science lab environment; subject to constant interruptions.

Work environment includes working directly with students. Employee will occasionally work at a computer.

Work Year: 12 Months

Revision Date: 03/03/2003

Initial date: 03/03/2003

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.