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On-Call Living Systems Laboratory Technician

San Francisco, CA
  • Posted: January 11, 2023
  • $29 Hourly
  • Full-Time



This is an on-call position that provides support for laboratory operations that support public exhibits and programs in the Living Systems area of the Exploratorium. This person will have a role in maintaining all plant and animal life, as well as daily set-up of exhibits.  An interest in natural phenomena and an ability to collaborate in a team environment are crucial aspects of the position. The ideal applicant has both weekday and weekend availability and can work on relatively short notice.



  • Daily set-up of Life Sciences exhibits
  • Daily preparation of solutions and cultures required to support exhibit set-up
  • Daily live microscope demonstrations for the public
  • Routine maintenance of exhibits and lab equipment
  • Routine care of marine invertebrates, plants, freshwater fish, terrariums, and insect colonies
  • Contribute to troubleshooting and repair of problem LS exhibits
  • Maintain order and cleanliness of laboratory and equipment
  • Additional duties, as assigned by supervisor



  • Bachelor's degree in the biological sciences or significant credits towards a degree
  • Demonstrated interest in biology
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in working with live organisms
  • Basic laboratory skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Cantonese desirable
  • Flexible Schedule



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.

  • Ability to lift and carry 25lbs for short distances



Open until filled.



This is an on-call, non-exempt, non-union position that does not include benefits. Paying $29.44 per hour. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page.

Condition of Employment: Willingness and ability to provide proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination will be required. All medical or sincerely held religious belief exemptions regarding vaccination status will be considered.


The Exploratorium is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values diversity, inclusion and respect.  We welcome and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.


Piers 15/17, San Francisco, CA 94111

Website: No phone calls, please

The Exploratorium is committed to a diverse workforce.

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