ANIMAL TECHNICIAN

Updated: 21 days ago
Location: Bodega Bay, CALIFORNIA
Deadline:

Requisition Number:
03018865  
Recruitment Open To:
UCD/UCDHS Employees and General Public  
Final Filing Date
05-02-2017  
Closing Date:
 
Position:
ANIMAL TECHNICIAN  
Payroll Title
ANIMAL TECHNICIAN  
Number of Positions:
1  
Salary:
$18.65 - $21.94/HR  
Appointment Type:
Limited  
Appointment Description:
30% variable. Work schedule to be arranged.  
Overtime Eligible:
(FLSA)

Non-Exempt  
Union/HEERA Representation:

This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit  
Department:
BODEGA MARINE LABORATORY - 061805  
Department Description:
Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the University of California, Davis. Located in Bodega Bay, BML and its surrounding 362-acre Reserve provides research and instructional facilities for resident and campus-based faculty, researchers and students.
Primary research emphasis is on oceanographic influences on marine population; coastal atmospheric chemistry; marine ecology and impacts of non-native species; responses of marine organisms to environmental stress; fish ecology, conservation and restoration; and coastal terrestrial ecology. About 200 scientists maintain active research and teaching programs, more than 100 graduate students conduct research on the site, and there are about 100 employees under a variety of policies and collective bargaining agreements.
In addition, the Laboratory hosts many US and international visiting scientists, and hosts conferences and retreats. http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu
 
Location:
Bodega Bay  
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Position Details
 
Job Summary:
Under supervision, responsible for conducting the daily monitoring of all life support systems. Report problems directly to supervisor and initiate emergency contact procedures when working independently. Perform daily animal health checks, routine and experimental feeding of animals, culture of research animals, disease and parasite checks including treatment as needed, and cleaning and maintenance of all holding tanks.
Schedule and conduct in-field collections of marine organisms by various means including scuba. As requested, perform non-routine special laboratory work, and animal/plant culturing and breeding including seasonal shellfish husbandry.
Train staff and volunteer in basic duties and keep management apprised of performance.
THIS LIMITED APPOINTMENT WILL END 6 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF HIRE WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION.
 
Physical Demands:
Position requires lifting up to 50 lbs. Carry heavy loads across uneven, slippery terrain, and lift in and out of boats and trucks. Work outside in all kinds of weather, including boats in the open ocean. Climb in and out of large aquaria, and assume awkward positions when working in close quarters.  
Work Environment:
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity check.
Ability to obtain AAUS/UCD Scientific diver qualification within 12 months.
Operate and navigate motorboats under difficult and hazardous conditions in case of emergencies.
Must complete UCD or comparable Boating Safety course within 6 months.
Ability to obtain Calif. Dept. Fish & Game Scientific Collecting Permit within 6 months.
 
Background Check Required:
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

 
Qualifications
 
Minimum Qualifications:
Knowledge of the biology, ecology, anatomy and physiology of a wide variety of marine biota both in natural and artificial habitats.
Skills to maintain the health of research and display animals, to carry out non-destructive tissue sampling, DNA sampling, and to draw blood.
Experience with the behavior of water under pressure.
Skills necessary to work with life support piping under pressure.
Skills to operate and navigate motorboats, including under difficult and hazardous conditions in case of emergencies.
 
Preferred Qualifications:
Problem-solving skills to assess a situation and determine appropriate action including making decisions on emergency basis, such as troubleshooting water/air flow problems that may endanger animal health.
Interpersonal and communication skills to interact and communicate within all levels of the organization.
Experience reading and using various gauges, meters, calipers, temperature sensors, and computer applications.
Experience with boating safety and techniques to act as crew member, and to operate small motorboats (12-21 feet) in challenging conditions (i.e. wind, current, tide, darkness).
Record keeping skills to accurately record notes, measurements, and workload data.
Skills using the following machines, tools, and equipment: Fabrication tools --shop hand and power tools (i.e. saws, drills, etc.); Laboratory equipment -- sterile transfer hoods, autoclaves, compound and dissecting microscopes, dissolved oxygen meters, and various probes and meters; Marine-specific equipment -- scuba, small motorboats, shellfish farming equipment, air compressors, and various collecting gear (i.e. nets, seines, traps, etc.).
Experience using scuba as a tool for scientific support, and for enhancing underwater collecting techniques.
 
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