Biology Seawater Technician (Equipment Technician II, Specialized Equipment) - Biology (515996)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • Jun 24, 2022
Part Time Construction and Skilled Trades Education and Training

Job Description


Working Title

Biology Seawater Technician

SF State University

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Biology Department, in the College of Science & Engineering (CoSE)

Appointment Type

This is a one-year probationary position.

Time Base

Part-Time (FTE 0.5)

Work Schedule

This employee will work an irregular schedule varying according to workload requirements.

Work schedule for this position will be determined with candidate in coordination with coverage from others in department.

Anticipated Hiring Range

$4,548 to $5,053 per month ($54,576 to $60,636 annually) @ a Time Base of (FTE 1.0)

$2,274 to $2,526.50 per month ($27,288 to $30,318 annually) @ a Time Base of (FTE 0.5)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

The Seawater Technician position in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University will be responsible for caring for both the equipment and animals located in the seawater room in Hensill Hall. The care of the equipment includes the installation and maintenance of racks, tanks, filtration systems, pumps, plumbing, temperature controllers, and any additional devices necessary for aquaria to properly function. The care of the animals includes maintaining water quality, acquiring and/or collecting organisms and their food, feeding organisms, and record keeping and reporting on animal health and feeding. The incumbent will be supervised by the seawater committee and will report to the Chair of the Biology Department.

SF State is a member of the California State system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom, and human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. The Department of Biology is home to over 1600 undergraduates, 200 master's students, 14 staff, 40 lecturers, and 45 tenure/tenure-track faculty who hail from diverse backgrounds. The department is proud of its reputation in actively engaging students from diverse backgrounds in scientific discovery.

Position Information
  • Monitor and maintain the overall health of organisms in aquaria within departmental aquarium facilities for teaching and research purposes, including the hiring and oversight of student helpers.
  • Install and maintain aquarium equipment to ensure proper function; source new equipment for the seawater room and BIOL 240 as needed.
  • Collecting and ordering live marine organisms used for teaching by the Department of Biology and providing materials directly to classroom aquaria as needed by faculty, staff, and students. This includes garnering a California Department of Fish and Wildlife scientific collecting permit and interacting with faculty, laboratory teaching staff and Graduate Teaching Assistants as necessary.
  • Ensure that the seawater room is safe and accessible.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Thorough knowledge of methods, materials, tools and equipment used in construction, installation, maintenance, repair and operation of research- or industrial-grade marine aquaria; knowledge of the repair and maintenance of aquaria and devices used with aquaria, working knowledge of aquarium room facilities, including electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other central facilities elements.

Ability to perform complex troubleshooting; ability to design, fabricate, modify, and repair aquaria and associated devices following original or suggested plans; ability to analyze equipment problems and determine what repairs are needed; ability to install, place, and maintain a wide variety of equipment related to the area of job assignment. Ability to read and write at a level appropriate to the duties of the position, ability to make arithmetic computations where required.

Experience equivalent to two years of journey-level or skilled experience in the maintenance, repair, and operation of scientific or technical equipment related to research- or industrial-grade marine aquaria as assigned such as mechanical, electromechanical, electronics or in the specialized category including construction and fabrication and some precision work or requiring trade or craft skills working with a variety of unique materials. Experience equivalent to two years of semi-skilled experience maintaining and repairing scientific or technical equipment or related experience in the type of equipment as assigned as part of instructional support activities may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Experience equivalent to two years of trade school or technical arts training with specialization in the type of equipment repair as assigned, completion of an apprenticeship program, or completion of a full military specialization in the required type of equipment maintenance and repair for one year of the required experience.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working in an educational, corporate, non-profit, or government environment.
• Bachelor degree or equivalent to graduation from a four-year college/university.
• Experience with marine aquarium maintenance and setup, include sea water chemistry, PVC plumbing, aeration, and electrical wiring for aquarium devices (e.g., pumps).
• Experience with the care and maintenance of marine organisms including diverse marine invertebrates.
• Ability to recognize and treat common diseases found in marine organisms.
• Ability to recognize and repair malfunctions in aquarium components.
• Knowledge and ability to collect a wide variety of local marine organisms.
• Ability to work independently.
• Ability to effectively interact with diverse facility users with differing needs.
• Ability to effectively interact with the IACUC committee and the veterinarian.
• A minimum of two years of relevant experience.
• Experience supervising people from diverse backgrounds.
• Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Strong communication skills.
• Strong record-keeping skills and experience using spreadsheets.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Collecting Permit is required but can obtain once employed.


Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. and stand on a step stool or ladder.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

Employment Requirement

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

San Francisco, California 94132 United States View Map