Perform laboratory-based ecological techniques

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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Process specimens and documentation

1.1. Check specimens and request forms for labelling and documentation before acceptance

1.2. Log specimens, applying required document tracking mechanisms

1.3. Dispatch specimens to referral laboratories as required

1.4. Store specimens appropriately until required for testing

2. Participate in the identification and classification of species

2.1. Record macroscopic and/or microscopic details of specimens to assist in their identification and classification

2.2. Use taxonomic keys to assist in the identification and classification of species

2.3. Perform laboratory analyses that can assist in identification and classification of species

2.4. Preserve specimens for future reference

2.5. Label preserved specimens for storage and reliable retrieval from collections

3. Maintain viability and integrity of specimens during experimentation

3.1. Provide nutrients and environments to maintain viability of individual specimens and organisms being cultured or propagated

3.2. Perform procedures and analyses to monitor the experimental environment

3.3. Perform procedures and analyses to monitor the physiology of organisms in the experimental environment

3.4. Adjust nutrient requirements and environmental conditions as indicated by monitoring data

3.5. Report to supervisors data and phenomena that may risk viability of individual specimens or cultures

3.6. Report to supervisors data and phenomena that are incompatible with the experimental design parameters

4. Integrate laboratory and field data

4.1. Locate field data relevant to the study or experiment

4.2. Ensure that field and laboratory data codes are matched for tracking, reporting and chain of custody requirements

4.3. Log field and laboratory data into information systems

4.4. Assist with writing reports of experiments and related field studies

5. Maintain a safe work environment

5.1. Use established safe work practices and personal protective equipment to ensure personal safety and that of other laboratory personnel

5.2. Minimise the generation of wastes and environmental impacts

5.3. Ensure the safe collection of laboratory and hazardous waste for subsequent disposal

5.4. Care for and store equipment and reagents as required

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL975017A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations