Perform a variety of routine laboratory animal care-taking duties for the departments of Biology and Psychology. Monitor animal health and welfare in compliance with the Animal Welfare Act and maintain facilities for compliance. Maintain feeding schedules, bedding changes, clean and sanitize animal caging, lab areas and storage areas. Keep daily records. Interact with Faculty researchers and Students. This position assumes increasing competence through on-the-job training and continuing education.
1. Maintain feeding schedules and special diets for animals.
2. Perform routine bedding changes – daily or weekly – depending on species requirements and protocol specifications.
3. Clean and sanitize animal caging, feeders, water bottles and other items as required.
4. Clean and sanitize animal rooms and non-animal areas within the lab – to include floors, walls, and all surfaces.
5. Monitor animal rooms and feed storage environmental conditions through daily logs for temperature and humidity. Monitor lighting systems for day/night cycles and proper air exchange.
6. Perform routine daily animal health monitoring.
7. Collect and maintain accurate records (could include detailed information on animal weight, size, diet, behavior and health). Create and manage disposition log books, cage identification cards, and review data as needed to update and maintain accurate records.
8. Maintain inventory of supplies – food, bedding, disinfectant and lab cleaning equipment. Place orders and receive shipments.
9. Provide oversight and direction for undergraduate workers assigned to work with Faculty involved in animal research.
10. Coordinate between faculty and staff to ensure proper interpretation of needs.
11. Participate as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee ( IACUC ). Attend IACUC meetings. Keep institutional and state animal use records – to include all current protocols, animal inventories and necessary paperwork to serve as contact person for state and federal facility inspections.
12. Become current on policies, procedures and recommendations as outlined by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and American Association for Laboratory Animal Science through continuing education. Ensure that the facilities comply with all animal welfare guidelines and standards.
13. Assume responsibility of the Biology Technician in absence of same or as directed.
Position/Job Responsibilities continued
High school diploma and a combination of education and experience in the care of small animals in an institutional setting; demonstrated dependability and willingness to work flexible hours to meet animal care needs; excellent attention to detail; ability to work independently; good verbal and written communication skills are required. Current AALAS certification preferred – or ability to obtain certification within one year of employment.
Instructions for submitting your application:
Interested applicants should apply on-line at apply.icjobs.org and attach a cover letter, resume, and a list containing the contact information for at least three professional references. Questions about the online application process should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 607-274-8000. Screening of applicants will begin immediately.
Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.