Animal Care Assistant 2

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Animal Care Assistant 2

Stanford University

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This position is represented by SEIU Local 2007 and the collective bargaining agreement between the university and SEIU Local 2007 governs the terms and conditions of employment.

The Veterinary Service Center (VSC) at Stanford University provides Laboratory Animal Care and operates within the Department of Comparative Medicine. We are fully accredited by the Association for Accreditation and Assessment of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC). Our vision is to pioneer in laboratory animal care, driving research innovations from bench to bedside.

The Veterinary Service Center within the Department of Comparative Medicine is seeking a Full-Time, Animal Care Driver. The Animal Care Driver works under the direction of the Supervisor but with limited supervision during the day. Priorities are set daily by the Supervisor, but the Driver is expected to follow establish standards and procedures when completing deliveries and pick-ups, and escalate serious issues to the Supervisor for resolution. The Animal Care Driver must be able to work under tight delivery time lines and quickly identify issues that must be promptly resolved (i.e. insufficient supplies, animal welfare issues, conflicting priorities in delivery schedule). The Driver makes decisions based upon priorities set by the Supervisor(s), and in accordance with established procedures, industry regulations, and safe lifting practices. The Deliverer frequently interacts with Supervisors, animal care technicians and administrative staff. The smooth functioning of the VSC operation and Stanford University's research endeavor depends on a regular delivery and pick up cycle of all animals, supplies and consumables.

The successful candidate must have one year of applicable animal care experience in a research or animal laboratory setting; prefer certification at the AALAS technician level or equivalent training; familiarity with NIH and U.S.D.A. guidelines. Must possess mechanical ability, manual dexterity, and personal standards of cleanliness, neatness and organizational ability. Must be able to read, write, understand, communicate and follow written and oral instructions provided in English. Must be capable of properly handling and restraining all species of common laboratory animals, have no abnormal fear of any common laboratory species and should be free of animal-related allergies. The candidate selected for this position will complete an Occupational Health Surveillance Questionnaire and may be required to undergo a physical examination and immunizations. Must be willing and able to lift 50 pounds. Must observe and support good health and safety practices regarding the use of chemicals and equipment.

About Stanford University

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • One year of applicable animal care experience in research or animal laboratory environment tor a combination of equivalent education and work experience
  • Experience using computer terminals and mobile devices

  • In addition to the qualifications described for the Animal Care Assistant I level the Animal Care Assistant IIs should have:
  • Familiarity with NIH guidelines, Stanford animal care and use policies, and USDA regulations.
  • Ability to safely operate hand-truck, forklift, and pallet jack machines, as well as non-commercial vans, trucks and light transit vehicles
  • Must be able to read, write, understand, and effectively communicate in English. Must also be able to follow written and oral instructions provided in English.


When driving, must have a valid California non-Commercial Class C license.

  • Often lift and carry materials weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Frequently handle materials up to 20 lb .Occasionally carry/pull up to 60 pounds, push over 60 pounds
  • Walk/stand for long periods.
  • Bend, squat, reach above shoulder level.
  • Often use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Required vision abilities including close, distance, color, peripheral and depth perception.
  • Ability to talk and to hear

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May be required to work overtime, evenings and weekends, including Holidays, sometimes in inclement weather conditions.
  • Work in direct contact with animals and all components of animal housing and animal research environment.
  • May be exposed to dust, fumes or gases, chemicals or toxic substances.

Additional and/or Unusual WORKING CONDITIONS:

Must be able to work in an environment where there is high exposure to dust and/or other allergens, as well as hazardous waste. The Animal Care Deliverer should be free of animal-related allergies and willing and able to undergo a physical examination and all required immunizations. Must be capable of lifting at least 50 pounds and moving cages, feed, supplies, and equipment, some of which are palletized and weighing several hundred pounds using a cart, pallet jack, handtruck or.dolly. Must observe and support good health and safety practices regarding the use of cleaning and sanitizing chemicals and equipment.

  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, and the appropriate collective bargaining agreement at

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 5844
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: A16
  • Requisition ID: 87795


Location: School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States
Classification Level:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 11/13/2032
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