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Assistant Lab Animal Tech – Union Eligible

University of Missouri - Columbia

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Job Title: Assistant Lab Animal Tech – Union Eligible
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 42919
Hiring Department

Office of Animal Resources

Job Description

The University of Missouri seeks a reliable and service-oriented Assistant Lab Animal Technician to support the Office of Animal Resources efforts to develop and deliver care, support, and help to University clients. The successful candidate will foster and maintain positive relationships with co-workers, clients, and other lab personnel. Must have a desire to work with and care for animals on a daily basis.

Key Duties Performed By This Position Will Include:
• Provide husbandry and care to animals in conventional and specialized housing. Observe and report changes in health status or condition of animals. Ensure that animals and cages are labeled appropriately

• Prepare and administer special diets in accordance with protocol. Feed and water animals per standard operating procedures or instruction. Administer treatment or medication according to veterinarian orders.

• Assist with conditioning and breeding programs.

• Maintain cleanliness and sanitation of animal cages, rooms, halls, etc. Operate cage washing equipment and other types of cleaning and sanitizing equipment.

• Assist in performing technical procedures.

• May euthanize and dispose of animals in accordance with standardized procedures.

• Maintaining animal care supplies and inventory.

• Lifting, pushing, pulling up to 50 pounds, some repetitious movements of arms and hands, walking/standing while using a biosafety cabinet, using safety precautions when operating an autoclave

• Ability to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols

• Excellent time management skills and an attention to detail in documentation practices

• Capable of working both independently and in a collaborative team setting
Successful must demonstrate customer service, collaboration, confidentiality, integrity and a commitment to inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity in their activities.



Grade: GGS C

University Title: Assistant Lab Animal Tech

Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Saturday - Wednesday

Minimum Qualifications

High school graduate or equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge skills and abilities can be acquired is necessary.

If not already certified by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT), required to test for ALAT certification within six months of employment in that role. If not successful in passing the first test, must pass the ALAT certification within the next available test offering or be terminated.

One year of experience with at least 6 months in a laboratory animal facility.

General ability to handle and work with animals as well as recognize and treat animal health problems.

Preferred Qualifications

Animal care experience required

AALAS certification at ALAT, LAT, or LATg preferred

Punctual, Attentive, Driven, Motivated

Must be trainable and motivated to complete tasks without micromanaging. Tasks include washing/hosing kennels, facility upkeep, providing feed and some minimal animal treatment. Hearing conservation program enrollment is required

Application Materials

Application and resume

Other Information

In order to be considered as a Union Bidder for this position you must:
• complete ALL sections of the application (including all work experience - incomplete applications will not be considered)
• complete six months of regular service at the University
• apply within the published, five-day posting period
• meet the minimum qualifications for the vacancy

Your qualifications for this position will be evaluated based on the information you provide on your job application. Once the job posting period is closed, there will be no opportunity to submit additional information regarding your qualifications. Therefore, you need to ensure that your application materials are complete when submitted.

Union Bid Period: 07/20/2022 - 07/26/2022

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:


Working at University of Missouri - Columbia

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

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Designated a botanic garden, MU’s 1,262-acre main campus features more than 42,000 plants and trees and is an important outdoor laboratory for 10 academic programs. Many university buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Popular media consistently call Columbia, Mo., one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life. Mizzou is by far the largest employer in the area with more than 13,000 full-time employees.

Citizens across the state connect with Mizzou by participating in Extension programs in every county, visiting MU Health Care specialists, competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou's NCAA Division I athletic program has 20 sports, many ranked in the top 25 nationally.

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