Under general supervision, coordinates the day to day activities of a
laboratory animal facility. Functions as a lead worker and oversees
the care and treatment of animals to ensure compliance with federal
rules and regulations and appropriateness to research conducted. This
position may be used in one or all types of Biosafety Laboratories
(BLS) ranging from level 1 to 3 environments.
1. Determines work priorities, plans, and schedules; assigns and
reviews work; conducts hands-on training of animal care personnel.
2. Provides technical assistance with research-related activities
(e.g. data collection and various experimental procedures such as
the administration of injections, specimen collection, and animal
3. Assists in the implementation and administration of policies and
procedures for areas of responsibility.
4. Initiates and prepares all documentation related to purchase
transactions, recommends vendors, and follows-up on the ordering
5. Maintains animal facility according to standard facility operating
6. Performs all the duties of an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a
representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of
this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific
duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED.
EXPERIENCE: One year in a laboratory animal facility supporting
a research project similar to the type being recruited for.
OTHER: Biosafety Laboratories Level 3 (BLS3) requires successful
completion of Department of Justice security clearance for work with
Select Agents and Toxins, as required by Federal regulation.
General knowledge of husbandry practices as routinely required in a
laboratory animal environment. Ability to operate standard laboratory
animal equipment including scales, autoclaves, pressure washers, cage
washers, steam cleaners, etc.; to lift bags of feed and bedding; to
follow standard operating procedures; to move heavy stainless steel
racks, clean cages, etc.; to wear and work in personal protective
equipment; to operate computers and other standard office equipment;
to provide guidance and training to others; to communicate effectively
both orally and in writing.
OTHER: Except for qualifications established by law, additional
related experience and formal education in which one has gained the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the
work of the job class may be substituted for the education or
experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college
credits being equivalent to one year of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Candidates selected for employment may be subject to medical inquiries
and/or medical examinations to determine ability to perform the job.
Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
(AALAS) as a Laboratory Animal Technician may be required. Biosafety
Laboratory Level 3 have additional guidelines specific to working in
BLS3 environments requiring the receipt of BLS3 training, ability to
demonstrated proficiency in BLS3 practice and techniques, and participate
in medical surveillance. May be required to have current tetanus and/or