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Animal Technician Senior

Company name
The University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, United States

Employment Type

Sciences, Agriculture, Veterinary, Bluecollar

Posted on
May 29,2019

Valid Through
Sep 11,2019


Animal Technician, Senior


University Animal Care (9005)


Main Campus

Position Summary

The University of Arizona’s University Animal Care is seeking to fill the position of Animal Technician, Senior. This is the third in a series of seven classifications. The position is distinguished from the Animal Technician in that incumbents are responsible for daily care of a variety of animal species and/or are assigned additional Cage Wash duties such as training new employees in Cage Wash operations, updating Cage Wash SOPs, operating complex equipment, and documenting these activities. Incumbents are generally assigned to perform animal care duties within in one facility, while Cage Wash activities are performed in multiple facilities. The work schedule includes participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation schedule, will include weekends as part of the 40 hour workweek, and may include compensated overtime.

University Animal Care (


) manages multiple centralized animal facilities at the University of Arizona and oversees the campus wide animal care and use program.


provides assistance to scientists, physicians, staff, and students who have received Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (


) approval to perform research, testing, or educational studies on animal subjects.


ensures humane and appropriate animal care and use by providing for the animals’ daily needs, veterinary care, and monitoring the use of the animals by principal investigators, technical personnel, and students.

With more than $622 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #23 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #6 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson, a city of over 1 million people surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, boasting a distinctive southwestern feel with more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees and is home to two medical schools. The main campus encompasses more than 350 acres in a park-like setting nationally recognized as an arboretum due to the diverse collection of arid-lands species from throughout the world. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body. The University of Arizona has earned the designation of Hispanic-Serving Institution from the U.S. Department of Education for our success in the enrollment of Hispanic students, and is one of an elite few that is also an


and Research 1 university.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/



tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here

Duties & Responsibilities

• Provide daily care and maintenance of a wide variety of laboratory animal species housed within



• Breed and wean rodents, work with non-human primates, and work with animals exposed to hazardous materials

• May work in the Gnotobiotic section

• Operate animal care related equipment, such as change stations, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, rodent ventilated cage racks, etc.

• Administer treatments to animals as directed

• Complete all necessary documentation

• Perform rodent euthanasia with standardized system

• Train new and existing employees in Cage Wash

• Report and assist in troubleshooting operational problems or equipment malfunctions

• Receive supplies and equipment into facilities utilizing gas sterilization

• Organize and restock supplies in animal rooms and storage areas

• Work weekends as part of regularly scheduled 40-hour work week.

• Assist with the quality assurance program

• Assist with updating and reviewing SOPs

• Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Able to work with and care for a variety of animals, including rodents, non-human primates, and other mammals

• Effective written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate via email

• Able to communicate in a professional, positive and helpful manner with coworkers, management and research community

• Able to lift up to 50 lbs several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting and turning

• Able to maneuver large cages and cage racks within the facility, which are on wheels and can weigh well over 150 lbs

Minimum Qualifications

Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or related field; OR, Associate’s degree in Laboratory Animal Technology or related field


six months animal husbandry experience; OR, Two years animal husbandry experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education for which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Preferred Qualifications

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (


Full Time/Part Time

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week


Job Category

Administrative and Professional

Benefits Eligible

Yes - Full Benefits



Posted Rate of Pay


Type of criminal background check required:

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number


Number of Vacancies


Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Limited to Current UA Employees


Contact Information for Candidates

Cheryl Johnson

Open Date


Review Start Date


Close Date

Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicant

Quick Link for Internal Postings

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Company info

The University of Arizona
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Company Profile
The University of Arizona (UA) is a place without limits—where teaching, research, service, and innovation merge to improve lives in Arizona and beyond. We aren't afraid to ask bigger questions, to get better answers. Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state's super land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $606 million in research investment each year, and ranking 20th among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.Establishing Arizona's first university in the middle of the Sonoran Desert was a bold move. But our founders were fearless, and we have never lost that spirit. To this day, we're revolutionizing the fields of space sciences, optics, biosciences, medicine, arts and humanities, business, technology transfer, and many others. Since it was founded, the UA has grown to cover more than 380 acres in central Tucson, a rich breeding ground for discovery. Where else in the world can you find an astronomical observatory mirror lab under a football stadium? An entire ecosystem under a glass dome? Who else is bringing back samples from asteroids? Visit our campus just once, and you'll quickly understand why the UA is a university unlike any other.

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