Job no: 518279
Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Veteran's Preference Eligible
Department:11800000 - RE-ANIMAL CARE SERVICES
Animal Care Technician I
Responsible for carrying out the Animal Care Services' (ACS) directives and SOPs as governed by the Animal Welfare Act and all applicable rules, regulations and professional standards. Provides basic care of animals and animal facilities by completing primarily simple and routine animal caretaking and cage wash duties as directed by Operations Manager or their designee. All actions are completed by strictly and consistently following applicable ACS SOPs including IACUC and EHS safety procedures and policies. Reports any suspected or actual deviations to SOPs or non-routine situations immediately to Operations Manager or their designee.
When performing husbandry duties, will change cages and racks as scheduled, observes and reports animals for signs of illness, injury, and physical or behavioral changes. Under supervision, performs euthanasia of rodents 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. Ensures housing and environmental compliance with the "NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Maintains supply stock in all assigned rooms for daily use of investigative staff. When working in cage wash section will operate washers, autoclaves, water bottle fill stations and perform preventative maintenance tasks (i.e. jets are cleaned and sump tanks emptied daily) outlined in cage wash maintenance sheet on main area door. Will perform routine start-up and shut down procedures of equipment as outlined in SOP’s. Ensure equipment being processed is in optimal condition and removed from circulation if damaged or worn. Perform scheduled quality control tests of equipment and submit samples (biological indicators, water sample etc.) to ACS diagnostic lab for processing. 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 provide guidance, instruction and direction to new ACT1 staff following directives provided by facility supervisor/manager. May be part of the training program for all new staff and provide input and updates to facility manager.
Will be required to keep up to date on SOP’s in Policy Manger and input time worked in Time Clock Plus using facility computers during normal working hours. Ensure that leave requests, overtime requests and weekend change requests are submitted timely to area supervisor/manager.
Other duties as assigned.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Prefer HS degree or higher with at least 1 years’ experience with research animal care at a research institution or other appropriate environment and one year of relevant experience; or certification as Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience. Maintains a valid state driver’s license.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
In order to be considered, applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and a list of professional references.
Work hours are 7am - 3:30pm. Rotating weekend shifts may be implemented if needed.
A criminal background check is required.
This is a time-limited position.
This is not a remote work position, and it is located on the University of Florida main campus in Gainesville, FL.
Maintains a valid FL state driver’s license.
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 position has been reposted. Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply.
Health Assessment Required:Yes
Advertised: 28 Oct 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 11 Nov 2021 Eastern Standard Time