The individual will serve as an Animal Care & Operations Technician (A) within the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) at the University of Pittsburgh with a primary emphasis on performing animal husbandry and care activities for aquatic species.
The individual will:
produce and provide food, assess and monitor housing systems and water quality, sanitize tanks, and identify and report animal health concerns to veterinary personnel
perform some duties that require specialized skills associated with the care of aquatic species, the sanitation of facilities and the operation and maintenance of aquatic housing systems and equipment
maintain appropriate documentation and records of animal husbandry and care activities
This individual may periodically be required to perform job duties that involve the provision of husbandry and care for non-aquatic animal species and/or facility operations support based on the current operating needs of the facility.
The Animal Care & Operations Technician is expected to be more independent, efficient, and perform and at a higher level than the Associate Animal Care & Operations Technician. Assignments will be provided with direction and oversight from the facility supervisor and senior technical staff and are expected to be performed in accordance with applicable regulations, guidelines, and internally established policies and procedures.
The position requires successful enrollment in the University of Pittsburgh Animal Exposure Surveillance Program and other medical surveillance/immunization programs as dictated by the current research activities and when applicable. The successful candidate must be able to comprehend and follow written and verbal instructions, maintain accurate and legible records and other forms of documentation, consistently demonstrate positive interpersonal and customer service skills, be available to work weekends and holidays, stand for extended periods of time, lift 50 pounds, and push/pull heavy equipment. TB test and PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and FBI Criminal Record Check will be required as a condition of employment.
Internal Number: 162990
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