Animal Care Technician 1
Northwestern University - Chicago, IL

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The Animal Care Technician, under direct supervision, performs caretaking duties and responsibilities related to the handling, feeding and general care of all laboratory and domestic animals, and associated tasks in an animal research facility including supporting all functions of cage wash operations of cage wash operations.

Must be able to lift 25 to 50 lbs. Must be able to work staggered shift schedule, overtime, weekends, and holidays as required. Must successfully maintain physical condition that will assure efficient performance of tasks, including successful completion of physical examination. This position requires the individual to be available to work on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses as coverage needs dictate.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Changes cages, equipment, supplies, and rooms in accordance with CCM SOP's;
  • Feeds and waters animals according to their prescribed diets;
  • Observes animals and reports any variances in eating, drinking or deviation from normal habits;
  • Observes, documents, and reports changes in environmental parameters (i.e., temperature, humidity, lighting, etc.) to CCM management;
  • Interacts on a daily basis with research staff in order to assess and coordinate their research needs;
  • Reports equipment malfunctions to members of CCM management;
  • Houses incoming animals;
  • Receives and delivers animal transfers;
  • Euthanizes animals, under supervision, according to CCM policy;
  • Assists in organizing feed, bedding and dry supplies in storage facilities;
  • Maintains efficient organization and flow of equipment in assigned areas;
  • Reports to CCM management any discrepancies in SOP's, protocols, policies and guidelines;
  • Supports all functions of cage wash operations as requested;
  • Attends CCM sponsored training sessions, AALAS classes, specie specific identification and treatment sessions, begin OJT cross training among species, etc.;
  • Conducts census counts under direct supervision;
  • Provide oral and topical medications under direct supervision;
  • Performs any related duties as required or assigned by CCM management.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • High school diploma, GED, or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired;
  • 3 months of cage wash or animal husbandry experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • AAALAS certified ALAT;
  • 1-2 years of animal husbandry experience;
  • Valid state driver's license.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer
Date Posted: 1/17/2013

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