Animal Technologist II

Tucson, AZ
Nov 17, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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University Animal Care

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The position is distinguished from the Animal Technologist I in that it is an exempt position and the incumbents are the primary trainers for the Cage Wash and/or Husbandry Sections of University Animal Care. Expected to be subject matter experts on all UAC processes/SOP’s through the utilization of appropriate resources including UA Confluence website and job aides. Incumbents directly interact with researchers and staff to schedule and perform hands on facility orientation, animal handling, biohazard, and rodent breeding colony training, as appropriate to the research. Performs audits and provides coaching to UAC trainees, as well as post-probationary employees as directed. Incumbent must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Incumbents must be able to train staff on proper husbandry care for a variety of laboratory animal species at multiple facilities, and/or specific, detail-oriented tasks in the cage wash or gnotobiotic mouse service. Persons in this position are the primary source for process/procedural questions for research and UAC staff.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Highly experienced, knowledgeable, and independently capable of performing husbandry processes and procedures for a wide range of federally regulated laboratory animal species in multiple animal and/or cage wash facilities
  • Provide in-depth training on the daily care and maintenance of a wide variety of laboratory animal species housed within UAC facilities and/or processes and procedures used in multiple UAC cage wash areas
  • Serve as primary trainers for new UAC employees in husbandry and/or cage wash operations
  • Serve as primary trainers of new users for animal facility orientation and utilization
  • Knowledgeable and skilled in working with animals exposed to hazards, rodent breeding colony management, large animal model handling/care, and/or enrichment programs
  • Perform or assist with updating and reviewing SOPs, breeding colony instruction forms, job aids, and training task forms
    Perform quality assurance tasks for husbandry and/or cage wash operations
  • Administer more complex veterinary treatments to animals as directed
  • Perform euthanasia using a variety of AVMA approved methods
  • Print incoming paperwork and cage cards, verify documentation for room environmental assessments is accurate
  • Report and assist in troubleshooting operational problems or equipment malfunctions
  • Perform VHP gas sterilization and monitoring
  • Perform or assist with advanced procedures and processes used within germ-free/gnotobiotic mouse services and strain rederivation
  • Check for available space and ensure rooms are ready for incoming animals
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Able to work with a variety of federally regulated laboratory animal species
  • Able to work with animals exposed to hazards or deemed biohazardous
  • Knowledgeable in USDA and NIH federal regulations for laboratory animal care and use
  • Time management skills
  • Good verbal and communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Able to be flexible in work assignments
  • Able to work independently and in a team environment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Upon employment:

  • Complete required UA and FBI background clearance checks
  • Complete Risk Assessment Questionnaire and evaluation by Occupational Health
  • Complete required TB testing yearly with negative test result
  • Receive vaccinations as deemed necessary or that are required to work with certain biohazards
  • Be fitted with the proper personal protection equipment for working with biohazards, which requires having minimal facial hair

Preferred Qualifications:

  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as
    Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT), with expectation for AALAS
    certification as Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Job Category:

Veterinary and Animal Care

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)


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Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Cheryl Johnson
[email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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