Science Support

Position: Science Support Campus: Senior Campus Faculty/Department: Science Reports to: Learning Area Leader Key Relationships: Principal, Teaching Staff, Science Faculty including Lab Managers, Students

Position Summary

The role of Science Support is to assist Science staff with the delivery of practical classroom sessions and to ensure smooth and efficient operation of the Science Laboratory as well as helping to care for and manage the animals in Science classrooms, the Brian Henderson Reserve and the school farm.

The position is part time, 0.5 FTE, permanent position, commencing Term 1 2021.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:

  • Liaise with Head of Science Faculty, Laboratory Manager and classroom teachers; provide advice and assistance for preparation of practical science and assistance in the classroom during practical sessions as required.
  • Liaise with external organisations for the purpose of acquiring materials and equipment under direction.
  • Prepare food, chemicals and other laboratory solutions under clear instructions.
  • Provide specialist assistance to classroom teachers and students in relation to use and handling of animals and laboratory materials.
  • Ensure adequate supply of materials and maintain a record of stock of animals, held within the science laboratory, marine tanks, classrooms and the Brian Henderson reserve.
  • Travel to purchase supplies of food for the management and care of the marine tanks, classroom animals and wildlife.
  • Assist and co-ordinate the feeding and care of animals during term breaks.
  • Assist and co-ordinate with collection of off-campus materials and equipment.
  • Report the management of the animals regularly to the Animal Ethics Committee, in accordance with the VSAEC and Government regulations.
  • Maintain equipment in a safe working order and effect simple repairs of the marine tanks and associated equipment.
  • Assist Laboratory Manager and classroom teachers in the enforcement of appropriate work, health and safety measures.
  • Maintain the workplace in a safe, clean and ready to use condition.

Maintaining Equipment

·       Ensure equipment is correctly stored

·       Manage a safe working environment

·       Manage repairs, maintenance and inspections of all equipment

·       Maintain the stock management system of chemicals and equipment within the faculty

Selection Criteria

Experience and Skills

Must be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent communication, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work co-operatively with science staff, Laboratory Manager and Head of Faculty
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary professional team.
  • Understanding and experience in working with young people from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with other staff and with students, customer service skills i.e., friendly and helpful personality
  • Good IT skills e.g., Computer literate especially Word, Excel and Risk Assess
  • Efficient time management skills to meet the varied demands of the position, with an emphasis on initiative in structuring tasks around seasonal and student learning priorities.
  • A commitment to on-going training & development.
  • Current and continuing commitment to Equal Opportunity and Workplace Health & Safety in all aspects of employment and service delivery

Personal Qualities

  • A commitment to Woodleigh’s Values of Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for the Environment
  • A commitment to the School’s co-curricular, experiential and outdoor education programmes
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • The determination to strive for personal best
  • A willingness to innovate and encourage the development of creativity

Education and Qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Technician Skills and Certificate 2 in Animal Handling


  • Experience as a Laboratory Technician in a school or similar educational institution
  • Familiarity with requirements concerning Chemical Safety in Schools.
  • Experience maintaining marine and/or freshwater aquaria.

Conditions of Employment:

  • A Working with Children’s Check is required for this position.
  • Qualification and First Aid Training confirmation is required for this position.
  • Woodleigh is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to appointing staff on the basis of merit.
  • At Woodleigh School we have a zero tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm.  All staff are to abide by the Child Safety Code of Conduct.
  • It is a condition of employment that all staff take responsibility for a safe and healthy work environment and have a commitment to equal employment opportunity and a workplace free from discrimination and harassment.
  • All staff are required to observe and uphold all of Woodleigh’s Privacy policies and procedures as implemented or varied from time to time.
  • Woodleigh operates a smoke-free work environment.


This is a part time 0.5 FTE position commencing Term 1 2021.

To Apply

Applications should be addressed to Human Resources and submitted via Seek by 5pm, December 9, 2020.

Any queries relating to this position to David Benton, Head of Science and Director of Sustainability – or 03 5971 6100


Located on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, Woodleigh School is an independent, coeducational school comprising two Junior Campuses (ECC-Year 6) in Frankston South and Moorooduc and a Senior Campus in Langwarrin South.

Woodleigh is a community that strongly values a holistic education.  It is a place where students are known and valued, where boys and girls grow into independent, creative, resilient individuals together.

Woodleigh is a school of dynamic, academically rigorous learning, which reflects and responds to the world we live in today.  Whilst very definitely an academic school, with fine VCE results equipping the large majority of students for tertiary study, it also provides a number of other very important dimensions that prepare all students for the challenges of life in the twenty first century.

Woodleigh affirms openness, independence, self-motivation and initiative, and never limits students to predetermined outcomes.  Woodleigh is entirely coeducational, committed to the belief that this is the only suitable setting to educate both boys and girls for adult life.

The Woodleigh Teacher

  • Encourages a culture of mutual respect, inquiry, innovation and learning 
  • Emphasises the Woodleigh model for Personalised Learning in their professional practice (real world, experiential learning; assessment for learning; life-long learning skills; coaching and mentoring; and wellbeing and engagement.)
  • Communicates effectively with students and families about learning activities and student progress
  • Sets high academic achievement expectations 
  • Identifies and supports students' social, emotional, and behavioural learning needs
  • Facilitates, designs and engages with effective collaboration 
  • Provides timely feedback and collaborates with others to offer specialised support
  • Differentiates instruction based on feedback and learning needs

Woodleigh School is an equal opportunity employer. 

Woodleigh School is committed to a Child Safe school environment and has a zero tolerance of child abuse.