University Classification: Animal Caretaker I
Job Code: GD05
Pay Level: 04
Org/Dept/Sub-dept #: 04-0255
Position Reports to: Animal Caretaker III 
Part/Full Time: Full Time
Hours: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Shift: 1st
Shift Details: Fixed, 5 days on, 2 days off
Work Week: Regular
Week Details: Sun. – Thur., Tue. – Sat.

Additional Hours: Overtime required and will work a rotating holiday schedule 

Position Specific Summary:

The Office of Animal Resources at the University of Iowa is seeking an Animal Caretaker. In the role of an Animal Caretaker, you will join a team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other animal caretakers where you will provide husbandry to animals used in research. Husbandry includes feeding, cage sanitation, room cleaning and health assessment. Animal Caretakers are provided training and encouraged to become certified. This position functions under direct supervision, performs the work necessary to maintain compliance with federal, state, and/or university regulations. Overtime is required; staff will also work a rotating holiday schedule.

Shift Details

7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Sunday – Thursday, days off are Friday and Saturday (requisition 21002065)
7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, days off are Sunday and Monday (requisition 21002066)

Work Location: Multiple sites

Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks

Key Areas of Responsibility

Specific Job Duties and Tasks

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

· Feeds and waters animals including the mixing and preparing of feed for standard or special diets. Weighs animals, keeping records on weights of feed and animal in coordination with the feeding program. Grooms, handles, and restrains animals.

· Checks newly purchased animals for conformance to order specifications.

· Cleans and disinfects animal enclosures, isolation rooms, buildings, and equipment, adhering to established policies for maintaining pathogen free environments and containment of animals exposed to infectious diseases. 

· Operates mechanical equipment, such as autoclaves, ventilated racks, and cage washers. Checks for and reports failures in heating and ventilation systems to supervisor.

· Observes animals for signs of phenotype, illness, injury, or stress. Reports observations to supervisor.

· Assists in routine veterinary treatments or restraint of animals for experimental purposes.

· Maintains and performs minor repairs to animal equipment, enclosures, and animal facility. Reports major building repairs or malfunctions to facility supervisor.

· Transports animals, equipment, and supplies using carts or motorized vehicles. 

· In animal facility, may use ventilated racks and biological safety cabinets for isolation and containment activities. Under direction of properly trained personnel, may euthanize animals in accordance to standard procedures.

· Under direction of principal investigator and with adequate training may be responsible for maintaining breeding colonies.

· Maintains the following records: feed, animal inventory numbers, veterinary treatment, animal health status observations, animal room environment observations and other record keeping duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Knowledge of standard operating procedures for laboratory animal care or livestock care, as applicable.

· Ability to learn and apply federal, state, and/or university regulations regarding animal care and use in research and teaching.

· Ability to understand, communicate, and execute oral and written instructions.

· Ability to keep accurate records.

· Ability to recognize changes in conditions of animals and animal room environment, malfunctioning equipment, and unsafe conditions.

· Ability to construct and maintain related equipment and facilities.

· Ability to lift and/or move 50-100 pounds.

· Ability to perform physical labor such as restraining animals, loading and unloading supplies and animals, and standing for prolonged periods of time.

· Ability to work around noise, dust, odors, fumes, and extremes in temperature.

Universal Competencies

Collaboration/Positive Impact

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner and utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and respectful manner while appreciating the unique contribution of an inclusive workforce that brings together the talents of people across multiple identities, including: race, creed, color, religion, national origins, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences.

Service Excellence/Customer Focus

Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his or her supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty.

As part of performing the key areas of responsibility and competencies described above, staff members are expected to meet reasonable standards of work quality and quantity, as well as expectations for attendance established by their supervisor. Staff members are also expected to comply with policies governing employee responsibilities and conduct, including those contained in the University Operations Manual.

Position Qualifications

Required Qualification

· Ability to read, write, and follow instructions.

Desirable Qualification

· Previous animal caretaking experience in laboratory research environment, veterinary office, or animal hospital.

· Previous experience using cleaning/sanitation equipment.

· Desire an application that is thorough including a complete work history listing specific duties and care performed.

· Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with others and to follow oral and written instructions.

· Be detail oriented.