Animal Care Technician
About the Opportunity
This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
The Animal Care Technician provides husbandry and care to laboratory animals, maintains animal inventory records and Animal Husbandry and Room Maintenance Records and performs facility sanitation in Northeastern University’s Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM). This Animal Care Technician completes assigned work schedules with little to no supervision. The Technician should be able to work independently and make sound decisions in their daily routine. The position requires weekend and holiday work hours as well as daily exposure to laboratory animals and their waste products.
Attributes required include diligence, empathy, patience and attention to detail. ALAT certification preferred but must be obtained within one year of employment. Knowledge and skills required are typically obtained through completion of a High School diploma and equivalency degree plus at least one to two years of relevant experience.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES
- Provide husbandry and care to laboratory animals and facility sanitation in DLAM's Animal Facilities:
- Follow assigned schedules for husbandry, care and housing of laboratory animals. Technician responsible for feeding, watering, and cleaning the cage of their assigned animals.
- Report all animal health or behavioral problems to the appropriate staff.
- Maintain animal inventory records and Animal Husbandry and Room Maintenance Records for each assigned room.
- Report all facility and environmental issues to the Director.
- Provide assistance receiving and processing incoming animals and supplies
- Sanitizes and maintains the animal research facility equipment.
- Operates cage-wash, autoclave, and other animal facility related equipment.
- Assembles and prepares caging supplies for use in the animal facility.
- Performs euthanasia on small laboratory animals.
Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.
Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.