Assistant Animal Care Technician

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: Permanent

Assistant Animal Care Technician -2201804



•    Are you looking for a varied and exciting career where no two days are the same?
•    Training provided, with the opportunity to pursue a career in animal care.

Te mahi /The role

As an Assistant Animal Care Technician, you will be responsible for animal husbandry and on-going care for a range of animals.

Duties are varied and involve providing daily animal husbandry and care for a range of animals, maintaining and managing breeding colonies of animals under conventional and specific pathogen free conditions, assisting with large animals, cage sanitisation and operation of autoclaves.

Movement between several facilities may be required.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of research projects, utilising your veterinary care skills and the interest you have in caring for, and working with animals.

Skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

Full training will be provided but, ideally you will hold a Veterinary Care qualification or have previous similar experience working with animals.

You will be the type of person that loves to work with various animal species and ensure they receive an on-going level of comfort while in the care of our facility.

Other important attributes include:
•    Familiarity with computer systems.
•    Ability to maintain accurate and reliable records.
•    Good inter-personal relationship skills and the ability to communicate with people from many diverse backgrounds.
•    Reasonable level of fitness as the work requires lifting.
•    As this role will involve working alone at times, a high degree of responsibility and integrity is required.

About our Team/Mō te tīma

Biomedical Research Facilities hold and supply laboratory and large animals for research. Our specific team is a group of animal care professionals, committed to the on-going welfare of animals within our care.

We provide technical support, training, and expertise to a variety of units and departments across all the University's campuses. We are an approved Ministry of Primary Industries, and New Zealand Government, Transitional Containment and Quarantine Facility.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a permanent, full-time role (37.5 hours week).

Weekend and statutory holiday work will be required on a rostered basis.

We offer competitive salary, five weeks’ annual leave, a 6.75% superannuation scheme, and the ability to achieve real work/life balance. Applications from candidates with Māori and Pacific backgrounds or strong competencies in these areas are warmly encouraged.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.

For further information, or to discuss the role in confidence – please contact Scott Rhodes via the contact details below.


To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2201804 will close on Tuesday, 18 October 2022.

Applications will be reviewed as submitted, and the University reserves to close the vacancy at any time.

Additional Information

Contact: Scott Rhodes

Position details: Job Description

Further Information: Department Website

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Location: About Dunedin

Primary Location
Employment Status
Salary Level and Range Level 3 (Range of Appointments $48,288 to $52,654, Top of Range $57,020)
 Health Sciences Divisional Office
Job Function
 Animal Welfare

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