Animal Care Technician I

Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Sep 16, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Animal Care Technician I

Job no: 514056
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Agriculture/Life Science/Vet Medicine, Research/Scientific/Grants
Department:11800000 - RE-ANIMAL CARE SERVICES

Classification Title:

Animal Care Technician I

Job Description:

Responsible for carrying out the Animal Care Services' (ACS) directives and SOPs as governed by the Animal Welfare Act and all applicable rules and regulations. Provides basic animal husbandry to a variety of species being used for biomedical research. This includes housing animals, cleaning cages, feeding, watering, weighing animals and restraining animals. Identifies incoming animals and houses according to specific requirements: maintains identification of animals using cage cards, tags, collars.

Observes and reports animals for signs of illness, injury, and physical or behavioral changes. Changes cages transferring animals from soiled to clean enclosures ensuring to maintain individual animal identity; feeds and water animals according to ACS SOP’s and veterinary orders: documents all activities performed on appropriate logs. Under supervision, performs euthanasia using carbon dioxide with approved alternate secondary method. Observes, documents, and reports changes in environmental parameters outside acceptable ranges, e.g. temperature, humidity, lighting, etc. Restrains and handles animals for treatment

Sanitizes equipment and animal holding facilities; collects and delivers samples for assessment of sanitizing efficacy to our Diagnostic Lab. Ensures housing and environmental compliance with the "NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Maintains supply stock in all assigned rooms and common areas for daily use of investigative staff.

May be assigned to cage wash operations and will perform routine duties associated with cage sanitation and preparation for reuse in a research setting including cage maintenance, monitoring equipment for proper functioning and maintaining sanitary conditions. Operates washers and ensures that cage washing and related equipment are in proper working order by cleaning, and preventive maintenance. Will perform routine start-up and shut down procedures of cage wash operations. Operates autoclave to sterilize or decontaminate caging equipment Will assist in receiving and rotating feed and supplies. Transports caging supplies between animal rooms and cage wash rooms. Will sanitize cage washing rooms and other support areas, such as hallways and storage rooms. May be asked to provide guidance, instruction and direction to cage wash trainees following directives provided by facility supervisor/manager.

Required to keep up to date on SOP’s in Policy Manger and input their time worked using facility computers or assigned equipment during normal working hours. Ensure that Leave Request, OT, Weekend Forms are submitted timely to area supervisor/manager.

Other duties as assigned.

Expected Salary:


Minimum Requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent. Certificate of completion of the PMI Lab Diet: Laboratory Animal Care Course at the time of hire. A valid state driver’s license.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, applicants but provide a cover letter, resume and list of professional reference.

A criminal background check is required.

This is a time-limited position.

This position is eligible for veteran’s preference. If you are claiming veteran’s preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This requisition has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not apply.

Health Assessment Required:Yes

Advertised: 15 Sep 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 22 Sep 2020 Eastern Daylight Time

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