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Working in collaboration with animal husbandry and veterinary staff, students and research staff - the primary duty of this position is to execute dog "playtime" (social enrichment) for approximately 100 research dogs once to twice daily. "Playtime" is a year round outdoor activity that allows the research dogs the opportunity to interact with one another in large turnout pens. Dogs are allowed out in predetermined groups based on their compatibility with one another. The Animal Handler is expected to facilitate this "playtime" by supervising dogs while outside, clean/maintain outdoor pens, complete associated logs and provide medications. The Animal Handler will be paired with an undergraduate student for their "playtime" shift and will be responsible for coordinating "playtime" workflow. The secondary duty of this position is data input and upkeep of various logs and databases, assisting in inventory maintenance, handling and restraint of dogs for sample collections and medical procedures, sample transportation and shipping, dog transportation for research and medical procedures, occasional transport of undergraduate students to and from the facility, assisting in general colony maintenance including but not limited to regularly weighing dogs, assessing body condition scores, and brushing/ cleaning dogs, assisting in research related activities such as treadmill training and behavior tests and any other duties as assigned. This is an entry level position with ample room for growth and development. This is a full-time, endowed one year-term position with the option to renew pending funding.
High School diploma or equivalent with one-year of related experience. Must be available to work early evenings, weekends and holidays as scheduled. This is an afternoon shift which will begin mid-morning and end early evening; work week will be Tuesday- Saturday. Must be able to work outdoors in all-weather types. Must have a valid NYS driver's license. Strong verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail are essential. Basic computer skills for record keeping of animals. Ability to work independently while using sound judgment but also work collaboratively in a large team is essential. Ability to confidently work with a diverse group of individuals including students, project staff, veterinary team and CUHA personnel.
Prior knowledge of animal safety & handling and technical skills including but not limited to blood collection is considered an asset. Knowledge of canine behavior and experience handling groups of dogs in a social setting also considered an asset. Focus should be on injury prevention between dogs and personnel safety.
Experience with Microsoft Office and Excel preferred.
**This is an Endowed, one-year term position with the possibility of renewal.
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