AESES - Laboratory Steward 2

Lab Steward 2
Revision Date:
August 2005

Classification: Lab Steward 2
Hay Point Range: 167 – 217


This is the senior level of Lab Steward. Incumbents are responsible for the provision of a variety of non-technical laboratory services in support of the teaching and research functions. Incumbents at this level are required to use initiative and work independently, however general supervision is available from administrators or academics. Supervision and training of employees at a junior level is normally required as is training and orientation to demonstrators and students.


  • Assigns laboratory space and prepares schedules for laboratory use.
  • Is required to assist departmental staff members and students in obtaining supplies, equipment and course materials, and provision of first aid when necessary.
  • May be responsible for several small store rooms or a central stores area within a department.
  • Is responsible for maintenance of stores inventory, petty cash and related manual and/or automated record keeping.
  • Is responsible for the set up of laboratories and the preparation of sufficient media, reagents, stains, buffers or standardized solutions for teaching or research laboratories. This may include handling corrosive, explosive, flammable or toxic chemicals.
  • Supervises and trains subordinate staff members or students, allocate overtime and keep records of part-time payroll, absenteeism, vacation, overtime, etc.
  • Is responsible for ordering or requisitioning of supplies and equipment and the storage and distribution of same.
  • Is responsible for cleaning and maintaining laboratories after each lab period and perform minor repairs and adjustments to equipment.
  • Provides chemical clean and biologically sterile glassware and equipment to labs.
  • Stocks and assigns individual equipment lockers and community lockers on an annual basis.
  • May be required to set up, maintain and operate audio visual equipment.
  • Is required to obtain knowledge of and comply with safety policies applicable to the workplace. This includes proper labelling of all departmental stock that comes under WHMIS regulations.
  • Assists in maintaining department store room when store keeper is away on vacation.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.


The minimum qualifications necessary for acceptable (satisfactory) job performance are:

Level of Formal Education

  • High school completion with job-related options plus three years of directly-related experience.
  • University or technical school training would be preferred.


An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to relate well with students, staff and the general public.
  • Ability to supervise and train subordinate employees, where this is a requirement of the position.
  • Ability to maintain records and carry out inventory.
  • Training in first aid techniques would be desirable.
  • Ability to use hand tools.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and exercise safety precautions when working with chemicals.

Physical Requirements

  • Moderate to heavy lifting may be required.
  • Capable of performing the duties as assigned.

This class specification is intended to illustrate the characteristics of this classification level and should not be interpreted as a description of any one individual position within this classification level.