Department of Education
Independent Public School - Southwest Education Region
Denmark Senior High School
Laboratory Technician
Level 2, $59,189 - $63,931 per annum (DOE (SSO) CA 2019)


Advertised Vacancy Number: IPS/SS673001

This is a permanent part-time (0.6FTE) position commencing Term 2, 2021 

Do you have the elements required to formulate active learning?

Denmark Senior High School (SHS) is seeking a highly motivated Laboratory Technician to join their friendly teaching team.

At Denmark SHS, our highly professional and experienced staff are committed to ensuring our claim of “Small enough to care, big enough to deliver” is enacted each and every day.

As the Laboratory Technician, you will ideally possess the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, as well as independently, has high standards of communication and interpersonal skills to assist with the efficient operation of the Science Learning Area. Also, the Laboratory Technician is responsible for managing the science preparation areas and classroom laboratories to ensure a safe learning environment. In addition, you will be responsible for the preparation of chemicals, equipment and materials, as well as designing and constructing teaching aids, collect and care for living organisms for study purposes in compliance with chemical, physical and biological laboratory practices and legislative requirements. You will also play an active role in supporting the school’s Aquaculture program.

The successful applicant will liaise with the science staff in providing advice on classroom experiments to ensure that curriculum requirements are met. The successful applicant will also undertake purchasing, processing and safe handling of chemicals, equipment, materials, resources (including repairs and maintenance), knowledge of Departmental financial guidelines, manage and maintain stocktakes, identifying future purchase requirements of science equipment.

Denmark SHS is an Independent Public School located on the banks of the Denmark River in the Great Southern region of WA, part of the South West Education Region. Built on its current site in 1999, the school is set on 19 hectares of riverside land one kilometre east of the town centre. The school provides Year 7 to Year 12 secondary school education for students in the communities of Denmark and Walpole as well as to a number of smaller communities in the area.

This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our school for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position. 

To be suitable for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following work related requirements (selection criteria):

  1. Experience working within a science laboratory, including knowledge of laboratory techniques and relevant safety and legislative requirements.
  2. Knowledge of science subjects relevant to the curriculum taught in secondary schools and the ability to design and construct experiments and equipment to support curriculum requirements.
  3. Good written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  4. Organisational and time management skills and ability to work independently.
  5. Well developed keyboarding and computer skills including a working knowledge of databases, spreadsheets and word processing.

Applications will be assessed against these work related (selection criteria) of the position. The business needs of the school may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Further information about Denmark Senior High School can be found by visiting  or Schools Online.

Additional information about Independent Public Schools is also available here.

For further job related information:

You are encouraged to contact Peter Ridge, Manager Corporate Services for further information about this employment opportunity, including information about living and working in Denmark, by telephoning (08) 9848 0100 or emailing   

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online. Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow the instructions on your screen.

Your application should include:

  • A statement of up to three (3) pages addressing the Work Related Requirements (selection criteria), in context of the role and business needs of the school.
  • A CV outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position.
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees (one being your current line manager).

It is recommended you have these documents completed and ready to attach before selecting “Apply for Job”.

You are asked to complete an online application form and attach your documentation, please allow enough time to complete this process as applications cannot be accepted after the closing date and time.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please telephone (08) 9264 4127.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please telephone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.

Eligibility and training requirements

Employees will be required to:

  • Provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy;
  • Hold a Certificate lll in Laboratory Skills or equivalent qualification or experience;
  • Obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance prior to commencement of employment;
  • Obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • Complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
  • Complete any training specific to this role required by Departmental policy; and
  • Complete the Department’s training in Accountable and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment.

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Monday, 8 March 2021



WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Part Time
FTE: 0.6
CLOSING DATE: 2021-03-08 4:30 PM