Lab Animal Care Tech I

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Posting NumberS03721PWorking TitleLab Animal Care Tech IDepartmentResearch Animal ResourcesAbout the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation, and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.

College/Unit/Department website TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRSEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleFull/Part timeFull TimeWork ScheduleAdditional Schedule Information

Monday thru Friday (8:00AM – 4:30PM) and rotating weekends and holidays, as scheduled by supervisor.

Advertised SalaryCommensurate with ExperiencePosting Date08/12/2019Open until filledYesClosing DateProposed Starting Date09/23/2019Special Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancyAthens Area EEO Policy Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Information

Classification TitleAnimal Care Veterinary/Animal Science Paraprofessional/ProfessionalPay GradeFLSAJob FamilyFTE1.00Minimum Qualifications

Requires technical knowledge in the field acquired through an apprenticeship, a 2-year degree, or professional certificate. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred QualificationsPosition Summary

This is an entry level laboratory animal care position performing animal care and husbandry duties for laboratory animals. Duties include but are not limited to providing feed, water and the daily care for multiple species of animals in support of research. Incumbent performs sanitation duties such as: cleaning cages, animal rooms and ancillary areas. Observes animals daily for signs of sickness, abnormal behavior, social environment and overall health status. Records environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and lighting conditions. Advises supervisor regarding facility maintenance problems to assure equipment and facilities are functioning properly and animals are maintained appropriately. May operate mechanical cage washers, pressure washers and other animal care equipment. Follows all safety procedures and wears appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Maintains daily logs/records, animal census and performs other duties as assigned by supervisor. Participates in staff meetings, continuing education and training classes as directed. All duties assigned are expected to follow established applicable Standard Operating Procedures. Incumbent expected to be able to work rotating schedule including weekends and holidays. Participation in UGA’s Occupational Health & Safety Program is expected and may include vaccinations, spirometry and respirator fit testing.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Upon completion of a prescribed training and instruction program the incumbent should have the ability to perform routine husbandry and sanitation tasks following standard operating procedures. Applicants should be comfortable handling and caring for rodents and small animals. Employees have the ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and researchers in a professional and courteous manner. This position depends upon the ability to understand and follow oral/written instructions. Excellent observation skills are very important.

Physical Demands

Sustained periods of physical activity such as standing, bending, stooping, reaching above shoulder level and lifting 50 pounds. Employee may work sometimes under demanding conditions (high humidity, unpleasant odors, animal excreta and noise). Work environment involves some exposure to biohazards and/or physical risks, which depends upon following established safety procedures. At times, employees may be asked to wear PPE (protective clothing, safety glasses, face shields, steel toed safety shoes/boots, respirators, gloves, etc.) and stand on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Candidate will be expected to restrain, handle, and treat multiple species of animals. Work may be physically demanding involving the transport, relocation and positioning of animal care and auxiliary equipment.

Is driving a responsibility of this position?Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, or patient records)?NoCredit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Performs daily animal care and husbandry duties for animals in a research vivarium; including feeding, watering, animal handling/transport, animal health checks, cage changing, providing enrichment and environmental monitoring. Assures animals are appropriately maintained and cared for in accordance with standard operating procedures and supervisors instructions.

Percentage of time60 Duties/Responsibilities


Cleans and sanitizes animal rooms, ancillary areas, primary enclosures and caging equipment following established procedures and schedules. Operates, prepares and transports equipment. Keeps work areas clean and organized. Maintains supply inventories, performs minor preventative maintenance tasks and IPM duties as directed by supervisor.

Percentage of time25 Duties/Responsibilities


Maintains essential records and logs. Performs animal treatments and other technical procedures. Participates in multiple training classes as prescribed and participates in UGA Occupational Health & Safety program. Performs weekend and holiday duties as scheduled. Participates in continuing education training and staff meetings. Provides assistance and resources to facility users and departmental staff. Performs other duties as assigned.

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      Posted: 8/15/2019
      Application Due: 10/14/2019
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