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Position Detail - Environmental Studies Lab Manager

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Environmental Studies Lab Manager

Apply now Job no: 493854
Work type: Staff Part-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Environmental Science & Sustainability

Position Type: Staff Part-time

Hours per week: 20   

Weeks per year: 40

Work Schedule: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

This part-time staff position is for an environmental scientist to gather and manage scientific and technical data for analysis and use by students in environmental studies lab science classes. A second substantial activity for this position is to support MHC's environmental studies faculty in teaching upper-level environmental science lab sections that serve majors and other interested students.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Manage the Department of Environmental Studies labs & lab courses
  • Gather data for use in labs
  • Maintain lab and field equipment.
  • Order supplies.
  • Assist students, faculty, and staff in finding resources and operating equipment.
  • Teach lab sections of up to 18 students.
  • Drive a 12-passenger van on field trips
  • Assist faculty with the preparation of laboratory materials.
  • Train and supervise student workers.
  • Participate in departmental governance, curriculum development, and on-campus events. 

Qualifications: M.S. Degree in Environmental Science or related field

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D.


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: 

• Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently to move objects.
• Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling and walking, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.
• Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
• Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
• Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
• Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
• Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving
from one work site to another.
• Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
• Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
• Sufficient clarity of speech required includes those which permit the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
• Employee speaks with students and other faculty daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person on a
daily basis.
• Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.
Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the
discriminations in sound.
• Visual Acuity - Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
• The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
• The employee is required to perform extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines.
• Visual inspection and measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances
close to the eyes.
• Employee is reading and correcting assignments, evaluating student writing, presentations,
projects, research assignments, etc.
• Employee operates office equipment and computers to perform essential duties and

Working Conditions: 

• The employee is exposed to adverse environmental conditions when working outside.
• Employee works in laboratory environments.  

Background Checks:

At Mount Holyoke College, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our community members. To ensure this, we require all new hires, affiliates, and others to undergo comprehensive background checks before joining our institution. Our Office of Human Resources manages and conducts these checks, including screenings for CORI, SORI, credit history, and driver credentials. Additionally, the Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management works to coordinate and facilitate these checks in accordance with our policies.

Special Instructions for Applicants

Apply online; application materials must include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Contact information for three professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The college is devoted to ensuring that all its employees and students have equal access to opportunities in education and employment. In accordance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate in employment against individuals based on their race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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