Lab Coordinator and Environmental Studies GIS Instructor

Linfield University Staff
Mcminnville, Oregon, US
Jul 10, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Linfield University is seeking a part-time Lab Coordinator & Environmental Studies Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Instructor to join the Environmental Studies department. The Lab Coordinator & Environmental Studies GIS Instructor is responsible for teaching Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (ENVS 230), developing and maintaining GIS labs for various classes, assisting students using ArcPro in projects, maintaining the Environmental Studies Lab and storeroom, and assisting faculty in laboratory instruction. Also sets up labs, maintains new and existing lab inventory, and ensures that all OSHA standards are upheld. Review of applications will begin immediately and will close on Thursday July 22, 2021.

Schedule: This is a part-time staff position. The work schedule will be three days per week (24 hours per week - currently Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 8am - 5pm, from August 15 - June 15.

About Linfield University

Linfield University is an independent, coeducational comprehensive university that combines a strong emphasis on the liberal arts with a commitment to professional and interdisciplinary programs. Linfield offers high quality academic programs and emphasizes strong support for individual students with a favorable student-faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University is historically affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, U.S.A. and is committed to the principles of academic and religious freedom. Linfield is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The McMinnville, Oregon campus includes 79 buildings on 189 acres. A second campus, home to the School of Nursing, is located in northeast Portland. The Portland, Oregon campus includes 11 buildings on 20 acres. A third program, Linfield University Online and Continuing Education, offers students the opportunity to pursue coursework, degrees, and certificates online. Enrollment totals more than 1,900 with students coming from 24 states and 23 countries. Linfield is ranked 1st among liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest for ethnic diversity of students according to the 2018 US News & World Report. Linfield offers a generous comprehensive benefit plan, which includes pro-rated healthcare, retirement plan, life insurance, and short/long term disability. PLUS 28 PTO days per year, 7 paid holidays, and Winter Break. Another amazing and valuable benefit for employees, as well as their spouses and dependents, is tuition remission. Additional perks include 20% merchandise & clothing discount at our Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and access to Microsoft Office 365 on your personal devices.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS), lecture and laboratory.
  • Provide guest lecture about GIS in Environmental Science.
  • Develop, update, and teach GIS labs for Environmental Science, Forest Ecology, and Conservation Biology. Assist students with GIS projects in the Capstones courses and for research projects.
  • Assist students with other GIS projects.
  • Assist faculty in all aspects of laboratory instruction.

ENVS Laboratory Coordination
  • Set up labs for Environmental Studies (including, but not limited to, Environmental Science, Forest Ecology, Conservation Biology, and the ENVS senior capstone courses): make solutions, calibrate and maintain instruments, sterilize supplies, and set out supplies for lab. Ensure clean-up of equipment and supplies at the end of sessions.
  • Maintenance of Environmental Studies lab and storeroom: ensure cleanliness of labs; store equipment and supplies after use; ensure chemicals are labeled and stored in proper containers; ensure storeroom is clean; ensure cabinets are locked.
  • Assist teaching and research assistants with project set up and laboratory safety.
  • Assist in grading lab notebooks, help test new lab experiments, and contribute to rewriting and updating lab manuals.
  • Help students with Microsoft Office and statistical analysis software
  • Inventory control: order and purchase supplies and equipment, trouble shoot problems with products received, and ensure equipment is in proper working order.
  • Ensure OSHA standards are upheld in the lab and label all secondary containers with the contents, concentrations, and make sure appropriate hazard labels are attached
  • Supervise and train work study students.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a science field; master's preferred.
  • 13 semester hours (20 quarter hours) of GIS course work


Minimum of two years experience in teaching; experience in laboratory instruction, set-up, and safety standards preferred
  • Experience in teaching GIS preferred.
  • Experience in working in both the laboratory and field preferred.
  • Proficiency at using ArcPro, Microsoft Office, and statistical software

Job Complexity:
  • Work performed includes complex tasks covered by broad practices or procedures. Considerable judgment and independent decision making required.
  • Position reports to department chair.

Physical Requirements: 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.

Work is performed in a classroom, laboratory, and field environment. Lift up to 50 pounds. Constant talking, hearing, seeing. Frequent standing, walking, lifting, use of computer, repetitive wrist, hand, and finger movement, climbing stairs, and traversing rough terrain in the field while on and off trail. Occasional use of body for pushing, pulling, reaching overhead, carrying or moving objects. Exposure to hazardous chemicals.


Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will close on Thursday July 22, 2021. To apply, please complete the online application process and attach the following documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume


In order to create the healthiest face-to-face learning environment possible, Linfield University is requiring that all faculty, staff, and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees should be fully vaccinated no later than two weeks prior to the start of the academic year, August 30, 2021. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 will still be required to show proof of vaccination. More information on qualifying for an exemption will be made available in the next few weeks. Linfield is currently working on this policy, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).

We Value Diversity: Linfield University is actively engaged in promoting, advancing, and confirming our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We believe that a diverse and vibrant Linfield contributes to academic excellence and critical thinking. We welcome applicants who bring a diversity of identity, culture, experience, perspective, and thought. All candidates are encouraged to address how their professional and lived experience, scholarship, teaching, mentorship, and/or service will build on our diversity and inclusion efforts.