Animal Technician
University of California San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

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The Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) provides care for various species of laboratory animals housed in multiple LARC research facilities located throughout the city of San Francisco. LARC supports the research programs of the faculty by providing all services associated with the care and use of laboratory animals including the purchasing/receiving, daily care and monitoring of the health of all species. The Animal Technician is responsible for the daily care of animals in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Duties include changing cages and racks, delivering food and water in accordance to established procedures, maintaining equipment and animal housing areas according to standard operating procedures and federal and state regulations; performing record keeping duties such as per-diems records, animal health surveillance, feed logs, temperature/humidity charts, animal receipt and disposition logs; will perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications Graduation from high school or GED, completion of training equivalent to the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification of the AALAS, and one year or animal care experience; or high school graduation and two years of animal care experience in the care of an animal species appropriate to the particular job; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; complete and remain current in BRER training; successful completion of ALAT in-house training curriculum within one year of employment; complete Ethics training; complete and remain current in Laboratory Safety for Researchers training; complete Facilities Orientation for each assigned site; complete Ergonomics training; 1 year of animal handling or lab animal sanitation equipment operations experience required; ability to communicate animal health information to appropriate personnel, maintain legible records for permanent status; general knowledge of feeding, caging, and space requirements for multiple species of laboratory animals used in biomedical research; full knowledge of disinfection, sanitation, and cleaning agents; knowledge and ability to use cage washers for cleaning and autoclaves for sterilization of cages; satisfactory job performance ratings at all times during probationary employment period; ability to follow instructions, work independently or in shared assignments with others; basic computer skills (e.g./mail skills, ability to scan cage barcodes, sync PDA’s for submitting Health Surveillance Reports electronically, utilize email account for work-related communications, online training, HBS timesheet submission); ability to follow work rules, including no eating or drinking in animal areas, no smoking at campus facilities; ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surface for up to 7 hours/day; ability to wear personal protective equipment as required, including protective clothing, protective glasses, safety shoes and gloves daily, face masks as required, respirator if assigned; ability to push and pull heavy objects and ability to safely move and or lift heavy loads (up to 50 pounds); demonstrated experience working under general supervision; will perform other duties as assigned. Preferred Qualifications AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Medicine (ALAT); general knowledge of federal and other licensing agencies’ regulations.