Animal Technician, Senior (Multiple Positions)
University of Arizona
 Tucson, AZ

Position Details

Position Information

Title Animal Technician, Senior (Multiple Positions) Department University Animal Care (9005) Location Main Campus Position Summary

The University of Arizona's University Animal Care department is in search of an Animal Technician, Senior. The Animal Technician, Senior is the third in a series of seven classifications. The position is distinguished from the Animal Technician in that incumbents are responsible for daily care of a variety of animal species and/or are assigned additional Cage Wash duties such as training new employees in Cage Wash operations, updating Cage Wash SOPs, operating complex equipment, and documenting these activities. Incumbents are generally assigned to perform animal care duties within in one facility, while Cage Wash activities are performed in multiple facilities. Work is performed under minimal supervision with assigned general expectations. The work schedule includes participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation schedule, may include weekends, and may include compensated overtime.

University Animal Care (UAC) manages multiple centralized animal facilities at the University of Arizona and oversees the campus wide animal care and use program. UAC provides assistance to scientists, physicians, staff, and students who have received Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval to perform research, testing, or educational studies on animal subjects. UAC ensures humane and appropriate animal care and use by providing for the animals' daily needs, veterinary care, and monitoring the use of the animals by principal investigators, technical personnel, and students.

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide daily care and maintenance of a wide variety of laboratory animal species housed within UAC facilities
  • May breed or wean rodents, work with non-human primates, or work with animals exposed to hazardous materials
  • May work with mice housed in the Germ-Free isolators/caging
  • Operate animal care related equipment, such as change stations, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, rodent ventilated cage racks, etc.
  • Administer treatments to animals as directed
  • Complete all necessary documentation
  • Perform rodent euthanasia with standardized system
  • Train new and existing employees in Cage Wash
  • Assist in training of husbandry staff
  • Report and assist in troubleshooting operational problems or equipment malfunctions
  • Receive supplies and equipment into facilities utilizing gas sterilization
  • Organize and restock supplies in animal rooms and storage areas
  • Assist with the quality assurance program
  • Assist with updating and reviewing SOPs
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Able to work with a variety of species
  • Time management skills
  • Good verbal and communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Able to lift 50 lbs. several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting and turning
  • Able to maneuver large cages and cage racks within the facility, which are on wheels and can weigh well over 150 lbs

Minimum Qualifications

In addition to Arizona Board of Regents minimum qualifications below, upon employment:

Upon employment:

  • Complete required UA and FBI background clearance checks
  • Complete Risk Assessment Questionnaire and evaluation by Occupational Health
  • Complete required TB testing yearly with negative test result
  • Receive vaccinations as deemed necessary or that are required to work with certain biohazards
  • Be fitted with the proper personal protection equipment for working with biohazards, which requires having minimal facial hair

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Animal Science or related field; OR, Associate's degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND six months animal husbandry experience; OR, Two years animal husbandry experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education for which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
  • Possession of a valid driver license and Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)

Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job Category General Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits FLSA Non-Exempt Posted Rate of Pay $14.25 Per Hour Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S28176 Number of Vacancies Multiple Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Limited to Current UA Employees No Contact Information for Candidates

Cheryl Johnson


Open Date 12/03/2019 Review Start Date 12/10/2019 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant Quick Link for Internal Postings Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

• Where did you first learn about this position?

  • Arizona Daily Star
  • Arizona Republic
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Department of Economic Security (DES)
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
  • Jobing.Com
  • LinkedIn
  • Local Job Banks
  • Pima County One-Stop
  • Professional Conference
  • Professional journal/publication
  • Referred by UA Employee
  • Invited by Dept to Apply
  • UA Website
  • Other

• Do you have a bachelor's degree in Animal Science or related field; OR Associate's degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or related field AND six months animal husbandry experience; OR Two years animal husbandry experience OR Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education for which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved?

  • Yes
  • No

• Will you have a valid driver's license at time of employment?

  • Yes
  • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Optional Documents