Animal Technician III (UPDATED)

Tucson, AZ
Apr 18, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



University Animal Care

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

Please Note: The number of vacancies for this job posting have been updated from one to four.

University Animal Care at the University of Arizona is searching for an Animal Technician III. This is the third in a series of seven classifications. The position is distinguished from the Animal Technician in that incumbents are responsible for daily care of a variety of animal species and/or are assigned additional Cage Wash duties such as, operating complex equipment, and documenting these activities and training in animal rooms in basic servicing tasks. Incumbents are generally assigned to perform animal care duties within in one facility, while Cage Wash activities are performed in multiple facilities. Work is performed under minimal supervision with assigned general expectations. The work schedule includes participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation schedule, may include weekends, and may include compensated overtime.

University Animal Care (UAC) provides humane and appropriate animal care, ensuring that the highest standards are met so that each animal's well-being is attended to. This includes providing for the animals' daily needs for clean, safe housing and access to fresh food and water; the provision of necessary veterinary care; and the monitoring of the use of animals by principal investigators and their personnel.

We provide services and resources needed by investigators to accomplish their research objectives and provide training in laboratory animal care and use to technical personnel, students, and faculty.

Our staff, through contacts with the media and the public, works to enhance understanding and support for the humane use of animals in research and teaching programs at the University of Arizona.

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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!

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide daily care and maintenance of a widevariety of laboratory animal species housed within UAC facilities
  • May breed or wean rodents, work with non-human primates, orwork with animals exposed to hazardous materials
  • May work with mice housed in the Germ-Free isolators/caging
  • Operate animal care related equipment, such as changestations, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, rodent ventilated cage racks,Hydropac®, etc.
  • Administer treatments to animals as directed
  • Complete all necessary documentation
  • Perform rodent euthanasia with standardized system
  • Report operational problems or equipment malfunctions
  • Receive supplies and equipment into facilities utilizing gassterilization
  • Organize and restock supplies in animal rooms and storageareas
  • Assist with reviewing SOPs
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or related field; OR, Associate’s degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND six months animal husbandry experience; OR, Two years animal husbandry experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education for which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Veterinary and Animal Care

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

hourly rate



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Animal Care

Job Function:

Veterinary & Animal Care

Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Cheryl Johnson
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Upon employment:
• Complete required background 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

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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