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POSITION TITLE: Animal Technician I
This entry-level position reports to the Animal Resources Supervisor, and is responsible for the daily care of research animals, including feeding, watering, cage changing, cage washing, maintaining a clean work environment, and monitoring the overall health of the animals.
- Transfer animals from soiled to clean caging, providing specified feed, water, and bedding.
- Notify supervising personnel of abnormal conditions.
- Conducts daily animal health observations and completes health reports identifying sick animals.
- May perform basic animal health treatments with direction from the veterinary staff.
- Cleans, sanitizes and autoclaves caging equipment, and refills water bottles. May also clean and replace excreta pans or pads. Receives feed, bedding, and supplies.
- Autoclaves feed, bedding, and cages in preparation for use. Maintains cagewash equipment, including cleaning the screens, jets, and manifolds. Perform preventative maintenance such as descaling tanks and polishing machines.
- Reports maintenance needs to the supervising personnel. Performs general housekeeping duties including but not limited to sweeping and mopping work areas and corridors.
- Properly disposes of waste.
- Euthanatize rodents, according to written procedures.
- Adhere to the department’s guidelines and standard operating procedures.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
With or without reasonable accommodation, employees in this position must be able to work with animals for up to 8 hours a day and lift feed bags, and animal cages up to 50 pounds, as well as perform repetitive motions with arms, wrists, and hands. This position may also include utilizing disposable gloves and working in an environment that contains animal dander and dust particles. Further details of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.
High school diploma or equivalent (GED) with no experience necessary. One to three years, animal care experience can be substituted for a high school diploma/equivalent. Good verbal and written communication skills. Effective interpersonal relation skills. Those not assigned to a Dedicated Weekend Schedule (Fri-Mon) OR Sat/Sun only schedule, must be able to work weekend and holiday rotations.
Local residents are preferred.
Commensurate with experience.
The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms. The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice. Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff.
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
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