The Baker Institute for Animal Health strives to be the leading academic institute worldwide to improve animal health through basic and applied research. The Animal Technician II cares for the research herd at the McConville and Kleberg barns, of approximately 30 horses, donkeys, and hybrids.
Specific responsibilities include:
Feeding, cleaning, and managing exercise and other daily requirements of horses housed at the facility.
Assisting in the daily observation and report health concerns, abnormalities, and behavioral changes to the PI or facility manager.
Maintaining accurate health records ensuring compliance with Federal, State and IACUC regulations.
Assisting researchers with procedures and special animal handling for various research projects.
Providing support in the training and oversight of student and casual employees on all aspects of equine care.
Truck horses as needed.
Alerting the facility manager to any repairs needed to the barns and/or fencing, and otherwise keeping the barns/labs/pastures clean and in good working order.
Some grounds care around barns; mowing, weed eating, etc.
The ideal candidate will possess an extremely positive attitude, the ability to think critically and proactively and has a strong work ethic. The successful candidate must be able work independently, use good judgment while setting priorities, and follow directions from the Principal Investigator or his designee. Must be thorough/detail oriented, able to work well under pressure while handling multiple projects/tasks (both short and long term) at the same time. Needs to be flexible, creative in finding solutions, a self-starter, and able to communicate effectively to an array of individuals and work groups. The ideal candidate is also personally committed to the care of animals and will ensure that the herd is looked after at all times. Given the nature of the work, this position requires the ability to move more than 50 lbs. with repetitive activity such as moving bales of hay and bedding. Must be available to work weekends, holidays and evenings as assigned.
High school Diploma and up to 1 year relevant experience working in horse management or equivalent combination. Training in basic animal care procedures, record keeping, recognizing health concerns is essential. Excellent communication skills and strong attention to detail required. Ability to lift more than 50 pounds (handling feed, hay and other bulk supplies). Patience and compassion for animals and their well-being is necessary.
Degree or coursework in Animal Science or related field. Experience in management/horse management in a horse facility, providing horse management instruction in a formal setting, and working with broodmares, foals and stallions. ALAT Certification. Knowledge of Federal, State and IACUC regulations.
** This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal, contingent on performance, funding, and available work.
**As a note Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
**Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
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