UConn’s Animal Care Services Department has an opening for a permanent, full-time Animal Care Technician position. The work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm including holidays with rotating mandatory weekend overtime. The hourly salary is $20.40 and offers a full benefits package including medical and dental insurance. This position is categorized as Emergency Support Services/Essential Staff. Must be willing and able to work during emergency closures/delayed openings due to inclement weather or for significant events that effect campus operations. A valid driver’s license and an annual flu shot vaccination are required.
In order to be considered for these job openings, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening and must specify your qualifications on your application. If selected for an interview, you will be asked to supply the names, titles and phone numbers of three, work related references which must include one current or previous supervisor. Employment of the successful candidates will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination, including drug testing, as well as a criminal background check.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
At the University of Connecticut and University of Connecticut Health Center this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks involved in the care of various species of laboratory animals and their environment.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Feeds and waters animals; cleans and sanitizes cages, animal rooms and related environment as necessary; performs routine physical examinations and laboratory tests and special handling techniques for researchers as required; assesses the status of animal shipments including identity, number of individuals, weight, health, etc.; administers medications and gives injections under supervision; identifies animals as to sex, species or strain; provides support during surgical and experimental procedures; observes and collects animal facilities operation data for accurate reports and required records; reports findings to appropriate department staff; may breed and wean animals; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of animal care requirements, including animal facilities and husbandry regulations and basic animal disease problems and prevention techniques; some interpersonal skills; some oral and written communication skills; ability to follow oral and written instructions; ability to utilize computer software; manual dexterity and physical ability sufficient for handling animals, feeds, supplies and equipment.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A high school diploma or possession of a General Educational Development (GED) diploma and one (1) year of animal care experience directly related to the maintenance of the health and wellbeing of laboratory animals to include care, use, handling, and/or treatment of laboratory animals.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. Certification by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science at the level of Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician may be substituted for the General Experience.
2. Two (2) years of animal care experience directly related to the maintenance of the health and wellbeing of laboratory animals to include care, use, handling and/or treatment of laboratory animals may be substituted for the General Experience.
3. A college degree of two (2) or more years and one-half (1/2) year of animal care experience directly related to the maintenance of health and wellbeing of laboratory animals to include care, use, handling and/or treatment of laboratory animals may be substituted for the General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
2. A physical examination may be required.
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights; may be exposed to communicable diseases, hazardous substances and to risk of injury from animals.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp
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