Animal Care Technician II

Updated: 4 months ago

Animal Care Technician II
DLAR-Animal Husbandry - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (23003857)
 Provides animal care to a variety of laboratory animals, including unique diets, basic medical treatments, proper documentation, and oversight of the sanitization room. Manages inventory. Provides tours.
The Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) Animal Care Technician II will provide husbandry and care of laboratory animals with a commitment to animal welfare and well-being. The candidate will: • provide food, water and enrichment • perform cage changes including cleaning and sanitizing animal housing enclosures, equipment and rooms • complete daily health observations and administer basic medical treatments, procedures and unique diets • maintain logs documenting animal care activities and verification of environmental parameters and equipment function • assist with training and mentoring • manage inventory including tracking and ordering supplies • learn/use the electronic animal management system to properly receive animals, take census and document animal records • give facility tours and review operation manuals with new researchers • oversee completion of facility tasks • assist with the oversight of room and rack sanitization • provide facility support tasks including laundering scrubs, performing general cleaning, sweeping, mopping, stocking supply areas and assisting with cagewash operations The successful candidate must have lab animal experience; consistently demonstrate positive interpersonal and customer service skills; be proficient with technology in order to use common applications (e.g. email, Microsoft Office, Zoom) and to learn CAMS (DLAR business application software); be available to work occasional weekends and holidays; stand for extended periods of time; lift 50 pounds; push/pull heavy equipment; and pass the mandatory criminal and social background checks. Preferred candidate will have completed criteria in the DLAR Career Development Program. Candidates working in the Rangos Research Building at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will need to obtain Child Protection Clearances. Vaccinations and TB testing may be required.

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Assignment Category Full-time regular
Job Classification Staff.Animal Care Technician II
Job Family Research
Job Sub-Family Animal Research
Campus Pittsburgh
Minimum Education Level Required High School Diploma/GED
Minimum Years of Experience Required No experience required
Will this position accept substitution in lieu of education or experience?  Combination of education and relevant experience will be considered in lieu of education and/ or experience requirement.
Required Licensure/Certification ALAT + Proficiency Testing Pass
Additional details about Required Licensure/Certification Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level ALAT certification. External candidates will need to attain within one year.
Work Schedule Mon - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Some Weekends and Holidays
Work Arrangement On-Campus: Teams that work on campus, in an office, or in a lab.
Hiring Range TBD Based Upon Qualifications
Relocation Offered No
Visa Sponsorship Provided No
Background Check For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Child Protection Clearances Not Applicable
Required Documents Resume, Cover Letter
Optional Documents Not Applicable
Essential Functions The employee must be able to: • read, understand, and follow DLAR and other institutional guidance documents (SOPs, policies), including IACUC approved animal protocols when applicable • follow written and verbal instructions • demonstrate sufficient fine motor skill to manipulate animals and equipment; negotiate around equipment within close quarters; move between rooms and workspaces • have sufficient visual acuity to observe animal behavior and recognize animals inadvertently left in cages as well as automated equipment notifications and printouts • have sufficient audible acuity to hear equipment alarms and other warnings • wear facility specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for extended periods of time required by the job duties based on risk assessment from EH&S • work directly with live or dead animals and clean or soiled bedding and caging with reasonable accommodations if necessary • accurately and legibly document written information in English in a timely manner, including electronic formats and applications (e.g., PRISM, CAMS) • effective written and verbal communication in English, including the use of email • successfully enroll in University of Pittsburgh Animal Exposure Surveillance Program (AESP) and other medical surveillance/immunization programs as dictated by current research activities • receive vaccinations and health assessments, including TB testing, required to work in some animal holding or procedure areas in accordance with DLAR and/or EH&S policies and practices
Physical Effort The employee must be able to: • stand for extended periods of time for the majority of the workday • lift and move objects weighing up to 50 pounds including, but not limited to, caging and equipment, bags or boxes of animal diet, and animal bedding • operate flatbed hand trucks or pallet jacks to push/pull heavier objects or weights exceeding 50 pounds • perform repetitive motion tasks that involve pushing, pulling, twisting, reaching, and/or bending • physically handle and restrain a variety of small and large laboratory animals • negotiate and navigate around animal facility caging, equipment, and the physical plant.
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