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Animal Care II (Weekend)

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO
Closing date
Jul 28, 2021
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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR)

Job Title: Animal Care II (Weekend)

Position #648543– Requisition #22038

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The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

PLEASE NOTE: This position is only open to current University of Colorado employees

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

The Office of Laboratory Animal Resources has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Animal Care II position.

Department Summary:

The field of Laboratory Animal Management requires a specialized knowledge of the operations of a highly technical research environment. There are numerous laws, regulations and policies that must be adhered to, such as the Animal Welfare Regulations, PHS Policy, Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and IACUC policies. In addition, the cage wash and dock areas have specialized equipment serving the facility. This position will report to the Operations Supervisor for the Office of Laboratory Animal Resources (OLAR). The individual is expected to act as a lead technician that may assist with training employees, audit work areas, and assist supervisors with daily adjustments in work assignments, including assisting with coordinating the day to day work in OLAR facilities in the areas of the cage wash, docks, and auxiliary areas of OLAR run facilities.

Job Summary:

This full-time, University Staff (unclassified) Animal Care II Weekend Lead position will provide animal care and husbandry for research laboratory animals by feeding, watering, changing/cleaning/sanitizing soiled cages and pens; evaluate animals for basic health status; keep records concerning environment, daily work activities and animal census; clean, sanitize and autoclave animal cages and equipment/supplies and prepare such for reuse. This position may assist with interviews for new hires. This position will also act as a lead technician that may train employees, audit work areas, and assist supervisors with daily adjustments in work assignments as well as being the senior staff person responsible for coordinating weekend operations in the animal facilities.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • The Animal Care Technician II assists with oversight of husbandry tasks and monitors the progress of the assigned work areas by ensuring that all areas are following strict SOP guidelines.
  • Assign and adjust coverage to accommodate employee absences.
  • Mentor/train others regarding all aspects of husbandry position and is able to assist with the development of performance plans and provides input for evaluations.
  • Change and/or clean soiled animal cages and/or pens, feeding devices and watering devices.
  • Evaluate the basic health status of animals and reports abnormalities to the appropriate personnel.
  • Clean/sanitize at regular intervals, direct and indirect animal contact surfaces by washing with appropriate detergents/disinfectants.
  • Record daily animal care activities on room check sheets.
  • Contact appropriate personnel regarding dead/sick animals, overcrowded cages, euthanasia requests and specific project requirements via e-mail or phone.
  • Collect soiled animal bedding and other wastes and transports to designated waste disposal sites (i.e. cage wash room or dumpster).
  • Procure animal feed and supplies from appropriate support areas and transports to required use site. 
  • Weigh, administer medications, breed, record breeding status data, euthanize, restrain, receive and transport laboratory animals as directed by Supervisor or Veterinarian. 
  • When employee absences occur on the weekend, ensures adequate facility coverage by calling in other employees to cover or reassigning the duties amongst those present.
  • Ensure that all employees that should be present have arrived for their weekend shift. 
  • Provide assistance/guidance to all staff, in both facilities on the weekends, this includes overseeing specialty areas in both buildings.
  • Coordinate/ensure that treatments as prescribed by veterinary staff are taken care of on weekends.
  • Create, update and present weekend care staff coverage including checking to ensure that adequate training has been received prior to assigning coverage in specialized areas.
  • Able to trouble shoot and assess alarms (including; watering, security, temperature and humidity) in each facility and relay information to Supervisor.
  • Scan cage cards to record animal census in the animal rooms.
  • Ensure that all appropriate documentation is completed for all rooms assigned to their area. 
  • Perform and monitor the completion of various technical assignments offered by the department, including weaning, ear tagging, shipping and receiving of animals, tail snips, injections and overall health monitoring of the rooms in their assigned care by working closely with a Supervisor, Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician.
  • Select, prepare, dispense and utilize hazardous chemicals and disinfectants according to manufacturer’s instructions in cleaning and sanitizing animal rooms, racks, cages and pens and animal support areas.
  • Operate mechanical equipment such as floor buffers, high pressure washers, laundry equipment, and environmental monitoring equipment for cleaning/sanitizing purposes.
  • Clean/sanitize/disinfect animal holding rooms, procedure rooms, support rooms.
  • On occasion may be required to drive a University vehicle to transport animals in cases of emergency.
  • Working knowledge of mechanical rooms and water system.
  • This position would be the main point of contact on the weekend for the animal care department and communicate needs to supervisors/managers.
  • Other duties as assigned.
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Salary and Benefits:

  • The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $39,108 - $55,188 per year.  
  • The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.
  • The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
  • This position is eligible for overtime compensation.
  • Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
  • Here is a link to an overview of the benefits package
  • Here is a link to a Total Compensation Calculator
Diversity and Equity:

  • The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected]
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least two (2) years of experience caring for, feeding, or providing health care for animals in a veterinary laboratory, breeding, or boarding facility. One of the two years of the experience must be for research and/or instructional purposes.
  • Substitution:  College coursework in veterinary technology, animal science, biology, or a related field of study related to the work assignment may substitute year-for-year for the general experience.
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a work leader assigning tasks, monitoring the progress and work flow, and scheduling work for other employees.
  • Experience entering data into a database.
  • Experience keeping activity logs and managing inventory.
  • Experience handling rodents (rats and mice).
  • Experience in an animal research facility.
  • Experience operating complex machinery.

  • Oral communication skills with the ability to exchange and collect information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written form which includes the ability to check for typographical, grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Ability to teach and lead others by example
  • Ability to enter data in a database.
  • Ability to handle rodents.
  • Perform repetitious tasks of a dexterous nature (i.e. ear tagging and tattooing, etc. on large numbers of animals).
  • Knowledge of an animal research facility.
  • Ability to maintain an activity log.
  • Ability to work with complex machinery.
  • Planning and organization skills.
  • Mechanical ability.
  • Physical ability.
  • Ability to work unsupervised.
  • Provide high quality customer service
Conditions of Employment:

  • PLEASE NOTE: This position is only open to current University of Colorado employees
  • Must be willing and able to sit, stoop, kneel and balance on an occasional basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to lift and carry up to 10 lbs. on a constant basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to lift, carry, push, and pull up to 100 lbs. on an occasional basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to stand, walk, climb stairs, crouch and squat on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to type/enter data on a frequent basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to bend and reach above shoulders on a constant basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to handle, finger and feel objects on a constant basis, with or without accommodation.
  • Must be willing and able to work around chemicals and solvents.
  • Must be willing able to work around noise and vibrations.
  • Must be willing able to walk on uneven surfaces and work in small, confined spaces.
  • Must be willing and able to operate moving equipment/vehicles and work around machinery.
  • Must be willing and able to work in hazardous conditions.
  • Must be willing and able to wear appropriate respiratory protection.
  • Must be willing and able to euthanize large and small animals.
  • Must be AALAS certified or must become AALAS certified within one year of the hire date.
  • Must possess and maintain a current, valid State of Colorado Driver’s License by the time of hire.
  • Must be willing and able to work straight or rotating shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • NOTE: This position has been designated as essential personnel, “Subject to call 24 hours per day, seven days per week” and may be required to carry a pager. Position may also be required to “Stay over late” or “Come in early” to “Cover” shifts, as needed and may be required to respond to any emergencies as needed. If hired, you will be required to provide effective off-hours phone contact info for emergency call-in purposes.

Job Category: Health Care
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Jul 19, 2021
Unposting Date: Jul 25, 2021, 11:59:00 PM
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