Wash and sterilize laboratory animal caging and other equipment in a complex research environment. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Wash and sterilize animal caging, racks, and associated accessories;
Maintain cage wash and sterilization equipment as instructed;
Maintain cage wash and storage areas in a clean and organized manner;
Maintain accurate and legible documentation and records as needed;
Identify and report problems with cage wash and sterilization equipment to appropriate personnel;
Prepare appropriate chemicals to sanitize and disinfect cages, racks, and associated accessories, etc.;
Monitor and ensure availability of animal care supplies, food, bedding, chemical supplies, and equipment;
Assist with routine feeding, watering, and caring for animals categorized as Biosafety Level 1 or 2 and/or administered hazardous chemicals as needed;
Rotate with co-workers to coordinate routine team tasks;
Participate in continuing improvement projects and departmental committees;
Participate in writing and updating pertinent Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's);
Assist with training co-workers to perform tasks according to those SOP's;
Comply with applicable federal, state, and municipal laws and regulations, institutional policies and accreditation standards for the humane care and use of laboratory animals;
Other projects, duties, and responsibilities as assigned.
Position is considered
Diploma from an accredited high school
The successful candidate will also have:
Clear understanding and knowledge of methods, materials, and equipment used in animal care activities;
Ability to follow departmental policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) in a reliable and safe manner;
Ability to read, write, and speak, and understand English;
Basic proficiency with digital technology, including Microsoft Office and iPhones or their equivalents;
Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English;
Enthusiasm for working in a team-based culture;
Respect for others and compassion for animals.
Able to lift up to 50 pounds with frequent lifting, pushing, pulling and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
Able to push and pull heavy equipment on wheels. Able to walk or stand for up to an entire eight-hour shift, excluding scheduled breaks.
Able to perform repetitive motions over extended periods of time.
Able to perform in a workplace environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal byproducts, and bedding materials for prolonged periods of time.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 51682BR
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