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, bordnerk2@southernct.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Expected start date is as soon as possible.