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EquipmentSupply Technician III Division of Biological Sciences

Company name
The University of Montana


Missoula, MT, United States

Employment Type

Sciences, Education

Posted on
Jan 26, 2022

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Division of Biological Sciences

invites applications for an

Equipment_Supply Technician III

to join their team. This position operates with a high degree of independence and initiative to assist all aspects of the complex organism that is the Division of Biological Sciences. Assist faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students involved in academic or research programs by providing, ordering, transporting and delivering needed equipment, materials, and supplies, following budgetary as well as time and space constraints. Maintains the DBS Equipment Inventory by locating and tagging new equipment and assisting with the surplus/disposal of outdated or unused equipment. Interface with Business Services for the bi-annual UM equipment inventory. Oversees and facilitates maintenance of DBS scientific equipment as well as some building heating and cooling (i.e., greenhouses).

Additionally, this role assists with maintenance of the plant and animal teaching collections, storage facilities, greenhouses, lab areas and teaching lab safety programs. Works with faculty/instructors to develop and acquire new “cutting edge” resources, techniques, and technologies for use in biology classrooms.

This position also facilitates maintenance agreements for equipment from various scientific suppliers and tracks maintenance schedules. Assists research labs with the monitoring of critical equipment (i.e., freezers, refrigerators, incubators, environmental chambers) for functionality, especially during time periods in which the University is closed for weather or other extenuating circumstances (for example, the Level 1 and 2 laboratory closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

This position is also involved in the planning and execution of plans to meet changing administrative protocols. Coordinate with Environmental Health and Safety Department to develop/maintain safety protocols and equipment (Emergency Action Plans, Stop the Bleed Kits, active shooter training, COVID-19 disinfecting protocols) for DBS.

Required Skills

Must be highly organized, creative, able to work independently, and demonstrate high levels of initiative when working with faculty to help design teaching lab curricula

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and must be able to work collaboratively with the other two lab support positions

Ability to work with vendors and use GrizMart to find the best value for materials and supplies under ever-tightening budget constraints

Demonstrated knowledge of lab equipment, protocols, and appropriate safety measures.

Ability to evaluate and facilitate maintenance of DBS scientific equipment including greenhouses, environmental growth chambers, autoclaves, ice machines and scintillation counters. This may involve monitoring, troubleshooting, and programming of computer control systems. This work is generally in conjunction with vendor maintenance contract technicians or UM Facilities personnel.

Must be willing to learn protocols for handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals, MSDS, spill and contamination confinement procedures, and pest control.

Position requires frequent heavy (50 lbs.) lifting, work with hazardous chemicals and biohazards, must be comfortable wearing smocks, safety glasses, disposable exam gloves and periodically a respirator. Must be able to transport materials and supplies around campus to other buildings (usually walking and pulling a cart).

Minimum Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Biology or equivalent. Must have a wide familiarity with Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Entomology, Microbiology, and Zoology and three (3) years of relevant work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

About the Division of Biological Sciences and UM

The Division of Biological Sciences at The University of Montana-Missoula delivers high-quality academic programs in the biological sciences. The division’s mission includes educating students at all levels from the baccalaureate to the doctoral, so that they develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed as professional biologists and as citizens in a rapidly changing world facing problems that include significant biological components; to foster strong research programs that create new knowledge, understanding, and approaches in biology and that enhance the learning environment for students; and to apply biological science to benefit the university, state, region, nation and the world.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action

: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

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Position Details

Position Title:

Equip_Supply Tech III

Position Number:



Division of Biological Sciences

Work Schedule:

Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 12 months/year.



Union Affiliation:


Probationary Period:

Six months minimum

Benefits Include

Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference

Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References:

References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing:

Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility:

All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

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