Animal Lab Support Asst-Oahu
The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI

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Regular, Full-Time RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the University of Hawaii Laboratory Animal Service (LAS), located on the Manoa and Kakaako campuses in Honolulu, Hawaii. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, post offer/employment conditions, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES: Provides standardized husbandry support for animals on a daily basis including weekends and holidays. Able to work a variable schedule with mostly rodent species in a centralized animal resource supporting biomedical research at the University of Hawaii (UH). This is a progression job, new hires are employed at Level I. Subsequent progression to Levels II, III, IV, V, and VI depend on demonstrated competence at the preceding level(s), meeting qualification requirements, availability of funds, and operational needs. Duties will include, but are not limited to: knowledge, care and handling of a variety of animal species, observation of animals for signs of illness or injury, treatment of animals as prescribed by the attending veterinarian, provision of wholesome and palatable food and water, maintenance of pertinent records, writing simple reports and completing forms pertaining to the care of animals, maintaining adequate inventories of supplies, food, bedding, equipment and caging, receiving newly arrived animals, proper quarantine of animals, receiving supplies from vendors, assist with the transportation of animals and supplies between facilities, general maintenance of facilities and equipment, cage cleaning and clean cage set-up, cleaning and disinfecting primary and secondary enclosures, housekeeping of the rooms and common areas, appropriate waste disposal, routine pest control, provision of environmental enrichment, provision of environmental monitoring, obtaining continuing education through mandatory attendance at regularly scheduled staff meetings and through special training classes such as certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), and maintain breeding colonies. Performance of all duties will comply with all Federal, State, local, and institutional regulations and policies governing the care and use of animals used for research and training. Training and certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is supported by the department, and necessary for progressing to higher levels.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION: High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. EXPERIENCE: Six (6) months to one (1) year of animal related work experience: as a student assistant at LAS, centralized animal facility, work at veterinary clinic/hospital, farm, pet shop, OR equivalent training in vertebrate animal field such as animal science, biology, zoology, where animals are used in classroom work and labs, OR successful completion of certification in animal related fields such as behavior, training, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification, OR equivalent training or experience in related fields such as human medicine or invertebrate animal husbandry and care. ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS: Basic care of animals or equivalent knowledge, and ability to learn the basic care and husbandry SOPs in a centralized animal biomedical research program. Able to work a variable work schedule, including weekends, holidays, irregular days off, outside of normal operational hours, at various facilities operated by LAS. Able to understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions, under varying degrees of supervision depending on level of work, with work reviewed by supervisor. Able to give simple oral and written instructions. Basic writing skills to be able to complete simple forms pertaining to animal health, population census, and inventory data. Able to apply basic math skill necessary to weigh animals, feed and supplies. Possess basic math skills as it applies to inventory control. Neatness and orderliness in performing duties, with good management in order to complete tasks in an efficient and timely manner. Capable of understanding and applying the principles taught in the applicable regulations and policies pertaining to the humane care and use of animals for research and training. Able to do simple problem solving while on the job regarding skills that had been previously trained. Able to obtain AALAS certification in order to progress to higher levels. Upon request by LAS, must be able to obtain a valid driver’s license, and be able to drive a State car. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Upon request by LAS, incumbent must be able to obtain clearance by the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations Security Risk Assessment as requested by the Director of Laboratory Animal Service. Clearance, once obtained, is required to be renewed every five (5) years. PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Able to manually lift up to fifty (50) pounds. Requires no obvious allergies to rabbits or rodents, or other allergens found in the laboratory animal environment. Should symptoms of allergies to rabbits or rodents develop while on duty, LAS will make reasonable accommodations for employees at risk to be appropriately assigned to reduce their risk of allergic reactions to animals and provide appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to mitigate their risks, if operationally feasible. Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Pass a post-offer physical exam and provide proof of a tetanus immunization within six (6) months of hire. Subsequent periodic exams may be required by the employer. All reasonable accommodations will be made based on fitness for duty. Medical costs will be paid for by the employer. May be required to work in the Animal Biosafety Level (ABSL) 3 labs and/or ABSL2 biohazard labs, and submit to any requirements for working in containment.

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS: Associate’s Degree from an accredited community college, or college level coursework in the area of Animal Sciences or related field, or equivalent experience. Progressive work experience in an animal clinic, or equivalent animal experience. Able to supervise students or non-technical employees. Some knowledge of constructing, maintaining, and repair of cages and equipment. Certification by American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) or equivalent certification. Intermediate to advanced computer skills. Experience in operating heavy equipment such as autoclave, cage wash equipment, and alkaline hydrolysis unit.

INQUIRIES: Diana Talerico 284-6649 (Oahu).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to, click on “Employment”; select “Apply” and navigate to “See Job Announcements and/or Apply for a Job.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Salary History, 4) Supervisory References, 5) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344.

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