Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week. Rotating weekend and holiday work is required.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Comparative Medicine. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
Provide and document care and husbandry for multiple animal species in accordance with departmental SOPS and regulations and guidelines of the Animal Welfare Act and the Public Health Service, to assure a quality animal care program that supports the research and teaching at Washington University. Provide care in specialized situations including biohazard, quarantine, and bioexclusion.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide and document daily husbandry care to multiple species, including rabbits, non-human primates, canines, and rodents. Care includes the provision of feed, water, clean cages, and enrichment.
Sanitize and maintain rodent colony rooms according to the schedule, to include sweeping and mopping animal quarters and procedure rooms, disinfecting all areas in room, rotating animal cages, cleaning large equipment, and stocking room supplies.
Observe animals daily for clinical or behavioral signs of illness, and provide treatments as directed by veterinary staff. Report findings to the supervisor, facility manager or DCM veterinary staff in a timely fashion.
Correctly handle and dispose of hazardous wastes according to standard operating procedures.
Perform additional duties as required by the supervisor/manager/department, which may include hands-on training of junior-level technicians.
Associate degree or an equivalent of two years of relevant laboratory animal research facility experience.
Obtain Purina certification within six months.
Obtain AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) within two years.
AALAS certification (LAT).
Three years of experience in laboratory animal care.
Ability to comprehend written and spoken English terms used in a biomedical research environment.
Ability to comprehend and follow SOPs and written instructions from veterinary, supervisory and research staff.
Ability to flexibly cover husbandry in specialized situations or multiple animal facilities, including swing coverage for absent co-workers.
Conscientious attitude and concern for quality.
Applicant Special Instructions:
The individual must be able to lift 50 labs and pass a pre-employment physical exam.
The hiring range for this position is $13.80 - $17.26 per hour.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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