Performs routine and specialized duties associated with animal care, including feeding, medicating, cleaning, restraint and transportation. Maintains adequate inventory of necessary supplies and equipment. Observes animal behavior and conditions, collects specimens and provides technical assistance to research and veterinary personnel. Performs minor repairs and maintains animal housing facility. May train and supervise new technicians ( ACT Trainee to ACT Level I). May drive utility vehicles to transport animals and supplies, ensuring safe operation, daily inspection and vehicle cleanliness. Performs related responsibilities as required. Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents. Weekend work hours may be required. Responsible for assessing and maintaining security of animals in their primary enclosure.
Must have a valid and unrestricted (not including corrective lens needs) U.S. Driver’s license and must meet the Tulane University Motor Vehicle Policy criteria to become authorized as a driver
Ability to follow oral and written instructions
Ability to lift items weighing up to 50 lbs.
Must have the ability to work with nonhuman primates and other laboratory animal species without jeopardizing the health of said nonhuman primates and other laboratory animal species.
The TNPRC maintains biosafety level 3 facilities and performs work on diverse infectious agents many of which can cause serious disease in humans if standard operating procedures, including use of appropriate personal protective equipment, are not followed. Depending on agent specific risk assessments individuals may be offered, or in some cases required to have vaccinations against the relevant agents.
If this position is assigned to work in ABSL3 containment areas there will be additional minimum requirements including some or all of the following:
Must pass a US Department of Justice Security Risk Assessment for access to select biological agents and toxins.
Ability to perform job duties while wearing respiratory protection.
Must participate in drug and alcohol program and be in compliance with TNPRC drug and alcohol policy.
Minimum Required Education
High school diploma or equivalent and two years of animal husbandry or related animal care experience
Bachelor’s degree in a biological science
Graduation from a two-year veterinary technician program.
One year of laboratory animal experience and certification as an AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician ( ALAT )
Position Description 2
Financial Responsibility: No
Supervisory Responsibility: Yes
Is this position at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and tuberculosis? Yes
Tulane University - 22 months ago
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