Cage Wash Operator

Aurora, CO
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

This full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Cage Wash Operator ensures clean and sterilized laboratory animal supplies, cages, and equipment is available for research projects by assisting with cage wash operations. The position will physically load and unload caging on cage wash conveyor belts; assist with the operation of the cage wash room, which contains multiple large steam sterilizers, rack washers, index washers, robotic equipment, vacuum disposal and bedding dispensers. Operate sterilizers to sterilize the equipment and supplies. Assist with operating and trouble-shooting electronic equipment. Ensure proper sanitation of the cage wash area by following standard operating procedures.

Perform work that is mechanical and physical in nature and frequently standing, walking, squatting, bending, and reaching. Constantly lift and carry 10 lbs. and frequently lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Push and pull material handling carts that house animal cages. Assemble and disassemble material handling carts generated by and for the animal care staff. Perform basic equipment repairs and preventive maintenance on machinery, material handling carts and various housing racks. Load and unload items on a pallet. Utilize equipment throughout the facility such as a pallet jack, drum dolly, dip tank, pressure washer, Strahman hoses, foamer and dolly (two-wheeler).

Assemble and tear down sterile and non-sterile animal cages and equipment. Check and fill the animal bedding dispenser on the loading dock. Handle and dispose of soiled animal bedding and animal waste from rodent cages. Provide clean cages and bins for aquatic animal species. Prepare nesting material for mice, hamsters, gerbils, rats, or rabbits. Operate a radio and/or PTT to update staff on progress of work.

Perform cleaning and maintenance duties on the cage wash equipment such as: drain tanks and washing units; check and clean filters in index and rack washers; clean/maintain conveyor system in the cage wash; use alkaline detergents, acid and acid neutralizers; use proper cleaning agent dilutions; Maintain Clidox station and fill foot sanitation bath. Handle hazardous chemicals, animal waste, infectious materials, and/or human blood or bodily materials. Wearing hearing protection, eye protection and N95 is required for some tasks in this position.

Clean various areas within the CCM facility by sweeping, mopping, floor buffing, and trash removal. Also assisting with laundering, folding, and putting away surgical drapes, scrubs, and any other supplies used within the facility.

Preparation of all animal carcasses for disposal in the tissue digester at least once a week. Ensure that freezers are emptied, thawed, cleaned and sanitized at least once a month.

The position will also perform other duties as assigned.

Note: This is an essential services position. The incumbent is required to respond after hours during emergencies and report to work for regular assigned shifts during emergency campus closures.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at (FOR BENEFITS ELIGIBLE POSITIONS ONLY)

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


One year of experience loading and unloading equipment, goods, or inventory, or one year of experience working in a veterinary laboratory, breeding, or boarding facility.


College coursework in veterinary technology, animal science, biology, or a related field of study related to the work assignment may substitute year-for-year for the general experience.

Conditions of Employment

-Must be willing and able to sit, climb stairs, stoop, crouch, squat and kneel on an occasional basis, with or without accommodation.
-Must be willing and able to lift, carry, push, and pull up to 100 lbs. on an occasional basis, with or without accommodation.
-Must be willing and able to type/enter data on an occasional basis, with or without accommodation.
-Must be willing and able to stand, walk, squat, bend, and reach above shoulders on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation
-Must willing and able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
-Must be willing and able to use near vision, far vision, peripheral vision and depth perception on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
-Must be willing and able to lift and carry up to10 lbs. on a constant basis, with or without accommodation.
-Must be willing and able to handle, finger and feel objects on a constant basis, with or without accommodation.
-Must be willing and able to use hearing and verbal communication on a constant basis.
-Must be willing and able to operate moving equipment or work around machinery or moving equipment.
-Must be willing able to work around noise and vibrations.
-Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and work in small, confined spaces.
-Must be willing and able to work around hazardous chemicals, infectious agents, radioactive agents and work within controlled hazardous environment.
-Must be willing and able to wear appropriate respiratory protection.
-Must be willing and able to wear appropriate hearing protection.
-Must be willing and able to euthanize small animals.
-Must be willing and able to work straight or rotating shifts, weekends and holidays.

NOTE: This position has been designated as essential personnel, "Subject to call 24 hours per day, seven days per week" and may be required to carry a pager. Position may also be required to "Stay over late" or "Come in early" to "Cover" shifts, as needed and may be required to respond to any emergencies as needed. If hired, you will be required to provide effective off-hours phone contact info for emergency call-in purposes.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Excellent oral communication skills with the ability to handle stressful situations in a calm and professional manner.
- Ability to communicate effectively in written form which includes the ability to check for typographical, grammatical and spelling errors.
- Ability to enter data in a database such as Topaz Software of Microsoft Access.
- Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to establish rapport with persons of diverse backgrounds, and ability to work in a team environment.
- Ability to handle a variety of species and the carcasses used in research.
- Knowledge of an animal research facility.
- Ability to maintain an activity log.
- Planning and organization skills.
- Ability to work with complex machinery, mechanical ability.
- Physical ability

Preferred Qualifications
- Experience entering data into a database (e.g. Topaz Software, Excel, and Access).
- Experience keeping activity logs and managing inventory.
- Experience in an animal research facility.
- Experience operating complex machinery.

Special Instructions to Applicants:REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2). A current resume/CV.

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:Application deadline: April 24, 2017

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20388 - CSA-VCR OLAR CLAC Operations

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 12, 2017

Closing Date: Apr 24, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Maria Montero

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00721954


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