University Classification: Animal Caretaker I
Job Code: GD05
Pay Level: 04
Position #: 00000614
Org/Dept/Sub-dept #: 04-0255
Position Reports to: Maria Salinas
Position #00000436
Building: MERF
Part/Full Time Full Time Position
Hours: 7:00 am – 3:30 pm
Shift: 1st
Work Week: Regular
Week Details: Tuesday – Saturday (Days off are Sunday, Monday)
Additional Hours: This position works a rotating holiday schedule and participates in mandatory overtime.

Position Specific Summary:

Under direct supervision, performs the work necessary in handling, feeding, and caring for animals and animal facilities in compliance with federal, state, and/or university regulations.

Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks

Key Areas of Responsibilities

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.

Other duties as assigned.


Universal Competencies

Positive Impact/Achieving Results

Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.

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.

Collaboration and Embracing Diversity

Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


Position Qualifications

NOTE: Education OR experience may be increased or decreased by one level for most positions.

Required Qualifications

· Ability to read, write, and follow instructions.

· Possession of a valid state or commercial driver's license, and ability to meet UI Fleet Safety Standards.

Desired Qualifications

· 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.

See requisition # 19003688 at within Research Category

Applicable background checks will be conducted.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.