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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
Provide basic husbandry to laboratory animals, maintain animal
cage card inventory numbers, Animal Husbandry and Room Maintenance
Records, perform facility sanitation and operate facility equipment
in animal facilities. Work schedules are assigned by the Facility
Manager or his/her designee for that specific animal facility area.
This position requires rotating weekend and holiday work hours, and
involves daily exposure to laboratory animals and their waste
products. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Sanitize animal
facility equipment including the use of cage washers and autoclaves
for sterilization. Maintain animals' rooms and facility hallways in
a clean state to avoid secondary infections or contaminations.
Animal room, cage wash, and hall way maintenance includes
sanitation monitoring performed by taking bacterial cultures or
RODAC plating. Perform work involving the handling of conventional
and genetically engineered animals, animals with immuncompised
health status, infectious diseases and animals recovering from
surgery or other experimental procedures. Work with a variety of
animals, including handling, restraint, feeding, watering and the
general husbandry of the animals. Will perform duties within
various animal biosafety levels. Change cages or pens following
aseptic and conventional techniques and assure animals are not
contaminated when outside of their primary enclosure. Recognize and
report unusual conditions to the group leader/manager and or
veterinary staff. Record critical facility data on a daily basis
which is required by local, state and federal regulatory agencies.
Perform routine euthanasia on laboratory animals according to the
guidelines of the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA)
Panel on Euthanasia. Set up, operate and service cage washing
machines and sterilizing equipment as needed. Load, unload and
store food, bedding and other facility equipment. Prepare special
diets and assist in delivering special diets, supplements and other
equipment used in the daily operations of the facility. Assist the
grade 5 and 6 technicians with receiving incoming animals and
supplies. Perform minor maintenance duties on equipment, i.e.
tighten bolts, belts, etc. Operate battery powered cart and/or
University motor vehicle (box truck/tractor) as necessary. Comply
with animal facility and Penn State Hershey policies and standard
operating procedures. Attend technician meeting and training
sessions on all aspects of laboratory animal care and uses of
animals in biomedical research as assigned by the management staff.
Assist as needed with the guidance and training of new technicians.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described
herein. Job Requirements: This is an entry level position, some
experience in the care and handling of animals is preferred. This
position requires the knowledge and ability to learn to use various
technical animal care and research equipment, including autoclaves,
restraint devices, class II bio-safety cabinets, ventilated cage
rack systems, micro isolator cages, flexible film isolators, and
cage washers. This position requires proficient verbal and written
English and mathematic skills pertinent to the duties of this
position and situations encountered in the animal facility.
Demonstrate proficiency for core SOP's. Requires the ability to
work independently and in a team setting. Customer focused attitude
and enjoys working with other similarly dedicated persons is a
must. Requires the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on a regular basis
with or without accommodation and requires long periods of
standing. The animal facility has a variety of environmental
conditions including exposure to noise, dust, chemical, heat and
animal waste products. Some aspects of this position may expose the
employee to potentially fatal zoonotic diseases. The use of
appropriate protective clothing and equipment may be required and
will be provided, when required, along with the proper training.
Work requires a high school diploma or equivalent. ALAT
certification is recommended. Must have a valid driver's license.
Shift: This is a wage payroll position, temporary. Shift: 8:00 a.m.
- 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
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