Animal Care Personnel - University Assistant

Date Posted: February 4th, 2014

DUTIES: This University Assistant position is contracted to provide daily animal care and husbandry to laboratory animals. Duties involved in this position include, but are not limited to: preparation and actual changing of animal cages and related cage accessories; feeding and manual watering of animals; colony maintenance (e.g., sweeping, mopping, trash removal, etc); observing and examining animals to detect signs of illness and determine need of services from veterinarian; maintain records concerning activity of facility, and animal treatment; taking immediate action to address any safety concern or noncompliance of safety rules that could put an employee, volunteer, animal, or the organization at risk; stocking areas and spot-cleaning colony and lab areas; keeping supervisor informed of animal behavior, health or concerns; placing orders and maintaining colony inventory; additional duties as needed. The UA is expected to work between 10-14 hours per week, including weekends and holidays. The primary investigator of the lab will establish the exact schedule.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Desirable candidates will possess a High School diploma or equivalent and the following qualities: ability to schedule and prioritize work; ability to work independently and follow guidelines; highly responsible and dependable; experience and desire to care for animals.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A preferred applicant for the University Assistant position would have an Associates or Bachelor's degree in a science-related field and prior experience handling and caring for small laboratory animals (e.g., rodents).

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Kelly Bordner, Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Expected start date is as soon as possible.