Animal Facility Specialist

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Maryland Line, MARYLAND
Job Type: Temporary
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!

Classified Title: Animal Facility Specialist
Working Title: Animal Facility Specialist ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: SKILL7/01/BU 
Starting Salary Range: $17.19
Employee group: Full-Time (but Casual during probationary period) 
Schedule: 40 hours 
Employee subgroup: W1/B1 Hrly Non-Exmpt 
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003430-SOM Admin Research Animal Resources 
Personnel area: Johns Hopkins University

General summary/purpose: Is an important member of the research team in providing the highest standards of animal care, welfare and technical assistance in support of research initiatives.  Works independently in tasks that are routine yet complex. Conducts work in accordance with several policies including the USDA Animal Welfare Act, the ILAR Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Johns Hopkins University and the Animal Care and Use Committee policies, and the standard operating procedures for the animal facility.

Performs sanitation, husbandry and all support functions required for the humane care of a wide variety of laboratory animal species including rodents, rabbits, birds, frogs, farm animals, dogs, cats, and non-human primates.

Specific duties & responsibilities: 

Performs all the tasks of the cage wash technician as needed.

Cleans, sanitizes and sterilizes animal cages, feeders, water bottles, animal rooms, support space and related equipment. 

Fills animal feeders, bowls and water bottles or other containers with the appropriate types and amounts of food and drinking water in accordance with schedules and detailed instructions.

Uses aseptic technique and disease prevention principles in a Class I or Class II biological safety cabinet.  Removes animals from soiled cages and transfers them to clean, sterilized cages in accordance with schedules and detailed instructions.

Works under isolation conditions using specialized caging units such as micro-isolation cages and individually ventilated cage systems while adhering to aseptic techniques and disease prevention principles.

Places bedding, feed, water bottles, etc. into assembled, sanitized cages.

Observes and reports to supervisor signs of animal injuries, illness or irregularities in appearance, health and environment such as abnormal food consumption, death, abnormal stool or unusual behavior.

Provides routine treatments as instructed including procedures such as ear mite medication, clipping overgrown teeth, etc.

Performs euthanasia following detailed training and instructions. 

Receives and processes incoming animals and materials.  Examines incoming animals for compliance with specifications, rejecting unsuitable animals and referring questionable cases to the supervisor.

Maintains colonies of genetically altered rodents and may be required to perform data collection.

Maintains accurate records of the numbers and types of animals cared for and the animal's food and water consumption.

Calculates the animal census.

Maintains detailed records of animal room environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, lighting and other environmental controls and report deviations to the supervisor.  Notes this information on the room environment log sheet. 

Maintains adequate stock of feed, bedding and other supplies.

Reports to supervisor the need for repairs to cages and support equipment.

Performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs on automated watering systems, individually ventilated cage systems and other support equipment.  Adjusts and repairs automatic drinking devices.

Lubricates equipment, makes minor adjustments and repairs to cages and other equipment and changes air filters related to laboratory animal equipment and facilities as needed, using hand tools if required.

Collects, processes and removes waste material.  Knows and follows appropriate procedure for disposal of animal carcasses, bio-hazardous wastes, etc.

Observes all safety policies and procedures and uses equipment and chemical treatments properly to avoid harming animals, self, others and damaging property.

Performs tasks that require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, protective clothing and gloves, fume hoods, biological safety cabinets, etc.

Follows good laboratory practice and good housekeeping procedures in accordance with standard operating procedures, health, safety and environmental policies.

Maintains equipment and work area in clean and orderly condition.

Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):  High school degree or equivalent.

Preferred qualifications:

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of basic animal husbandry and research techniques.

Knowledge of basic scientific terminology, basic conversion calculations and basic measuring devices.

Knowledge of principles of asepsis, disease control and prevention, barrier and isolation animal housing.

Knowledge of general breeding and mating systems.

Knowledge of current regulations, policies and principles for the care and use of laboratory animals.

Ability to handle, restrain and determine the sex of laboratory animals without causing injury or harm to animal, self, and others.

Ability to understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions.

Ability to read and write in order to maintain records, read instructions, labels, etc.

Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.

Ability to interact and work with faculty, students, staff, and visitors in a knowledgeable, respectful and courteous manner.

Ability to discuss animal related projects with investigators and report these discussions to the supervisor.

Ability to work under environmental conditions that require the use of safety equipment

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications:  Certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS).

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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