Animal Care I
*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers.*
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER | ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS
Office of Laboratory Animal Resources
Animal Care I
Position #723177 / Requisition 03997
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 28,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado public institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer 119 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is well known for its distinctive and highly productive research programs, its world-class health facilities at the Anschutz Medical Campus and its well-established partnerships in business, industry and government. These campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus, a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Denver is one of America's most vibrant urban centers and the downtown campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District, affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.
This full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Animal Care I position will perform tasks that are structured and designed to provide training and experience in the research animal care occupation. Tasks are performed under direct supervision, detailed instruction, and guidance. The duties for this position will include: evaluate and record basic health status of animals; change, clean, sanitize, and/or disinfect animal cages, pens racks animal support areas, feeding devices, watering devices, and all animal contact surfaces using appropriate methods; weigh, administer medications, breed, restrain, euthanize, and transport laboratory animals; record animal census; record daily actives in a database; procure and transport animal feed and supplies; collect and properly dispose of soiled animal bedding and other wastes; operate mechanical cleaning equipment such as buffers, high pressure washers, laundry equipment and environmental monitoring equipment; lubricate and conduct minor repairs on animal care equipment; and perform related work as assigned or required.
Examples of Work Performed:
Scan cage cards to record animal census in the animal rooms and posts reports on a weekly basis. Select, prepare, dispense and utilize hazardous chemicals and disinfectants according to manufacturer's instructions in cleaning and sanitizing animal rooms, racks, cages and pens and animal support areas. Operate mechanical equipment such as floor buffers, high pressure washers, laundry equipment, and environmental monitoring equipment for cleaning/sanitizing purposes. Clean/sanitize/disinfects animal holding rooms, procedure rooms, support rooms. On occasion may be required to drive a University vehicle to transport animals in cases of emergency.
The Animal Care Technician I will change and/or clean soiled animal cages and/or pens, feeding devices and watering devices. Evaluate the basic health status of animals and reports abnormalities to the appropriate personnel. Clean/sanitize at regular intervals direct and indirect animal contact surfaces by washing with appropriate detergents/disinfectants. Record daily animal care activities on room check-sheets, enter work activities into database, and contact appropriate personnel regarding dead/sick animals via e-mail or phone. Collect soiled animal bedding and other wastes and transports to designated waste disposal sites (i.e. cage wash room or dumpster). Procure animal feed, bedding and supplies from appropriate support areas and transport to required use site. Weigh, administer medications, breed, record breeding status data, euthanize, restrain, and transport laboratory animals as directed by supervisor or veterinarian.
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.
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 https://www.cu.edu/employee-services.
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 caring for, feeding, or providing health care for animals in a veterinary laboratory, breeding, or boarding facility.
Substitution: 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, stoop, kneel and balance 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 use color and peripheral vision on an occasional basis.
• Must be willing and able to stand, walk, climb stairs, crouch and squat on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
• Must be 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 and depth perception on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
• Must be willing and able to type/enter data on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
• Must be willing and able to bend and reach above shoulders on a constant basis, with or without accommodation.
• Must be willing and able to lift and carry up to 10 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 work around chemicals and solvents.
• Must be willing able to work around noise and vibrations.
• Must be willing able to walk on uneven surfaces and work in small, confined spaces.
• Must be willing and able to operate moving equipment/vehicles and work around machinery.
• Must be willing and able to work in hazardous conditions.
• Must be willing and able to wear appropriate respiratory protection.
• Must be willing and able to euthanize small animals.
• Must possess and maintain a current, valid State of Colorado Driver's License by the time of hire.
• 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.
• Excellent oral communication skills with the ability to exchange and collect information and 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.
• Ability to handle rodents.
• Knowledge of an animal research facility.
• Ability to maintain an activity log.
• Ability to work with complex machinery.
• Planning and organization skills.
• Mechanical ability
• Physical ability
• Experience entering data into a database (e.g. Topaz Software, Excel, and Access).
• Experience keeping activity logs and managing inventory.
• Experience handling rodents (rats and mice).
• Experience in an animal research facility.
• Experience operating complex machinery.
Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers.* REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2). A current resume/CV. 3). List of 5 professional references. . Questions should be directed to Maria Montero at [email protected]
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, List of References
Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20388 - CSA-VCR OLAR CLAC Operations
Posting Date: Feb 22, 2016
Closing Date: Ongoing
Posting Contact Name: Maria Montero
Posting Contact Email: [email protected]
Position Number: 00723177