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Animal Technician

Company: University of California- Irvine Medical Centers
Location: Irvine
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Job Description:

Updated: Jan 9, 2020
Location: UC Irvine Campus
Job Type:

Recruitment Number: 4418

Reports To:

Working Title: Animal Technician

Cost Center: IR7125

Bargaining Unit: TX

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Job Code: 009525

Job Location: UCI Campus - Irvine

Percent of Time: 100%

Work Schedule: 6am 2:30pm, M-F

Appointment: Career

Position Summary:

This position provides animal husbandry services to research animals housed in ULAR animal facilities for research, training or teaching. Animal husbandry services include meeting environmental and nutritional needs of a variety of animal species, in accordance with established industry standards, ULAR s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and/or directed by facilities manager/supervisor. Health maintenance responsibilities are at the direction of the supervisor and veterinary staff. Other duties may be assigned. The percentage of time at each of these duties may fluctuate according to the respective demands of each area.

Compensation Range:

Hourly $20.69 - $22.79

Department Website:


Working knowledge of established animal husbandry practices to include but not limited to: environmental and nutritional needs of each species housed in the assigned facility, routine housekeeping criteria and the supplies and equipment necessary, various methods of animal restraint and ability to handle the various species housed in these facilities.

Demonstrated ability to handle and move the variety of metal racks with or without caging and other facility equipment. Proven ability up to lift, push, pull and move up to 50 pounds. May be required to lift, push, pull and move up to 75 pounds with or without assistance.

Minimum of 1 year experience working with animals in a laboratory or academic setting, or hold an associate or bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, animal science or other related fields.

Demonstrated ability to read, write and verbalize in English sufficiently well in order to read cage cards, maintain legible records, understand Standard Operating Procedures, and communicate animal health information to appropriate personnel.

Demonstrated skill to communicate information clearly and tactfully in English to a broad variety of people in person and by phone.

Proven ability to prioritize tasks and redirect emphasis when requested or required by special circumstances or additional assignment.

Proven ability to function effectively as a team member, follow directions, work independently, or in shared assignment with others.

Proven ability to adhere to departmental attendance policies and standards.


Basic computer skills, sufficient to enter data into computer databases and to send and receive emails.

Certified by AALAS at the Assistant Animal Technician level.

Physical Requirements:

Below are general guidelines on the position's physical, mental, and environmental working conditions.

In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.

Bend: Frequently

Squat: Frequently

Crawl: Not Applicable

Climb: Occasionally

Kneel: Occasionally

Handle Objects: Frequently

Push/Pull: Frequently

Reach above Shoulder Level: Frequently

Sit: Occasionally

Stand: Frequently

Walk: Frequently

Use Fine Finger Movements: Frequently

Carry/Lift Loads up to 25 Pounds: Frequently

Carry/Lift loads between 25-50 lbs: Frequently

Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Frequently

Read/Comprehend: Frequently

Write: Occasionally

Perform Calculations: Occasionally

Communicate Orally: Frequently

Reason and Analyze: Frequently

Chemical/Biological Agent: Frequently

Construction Activities: Occasionally

Contact with Water/Liquids: Frequently

Drive Motorized Equipment: Occasionally

Confined Spaces: Occasionally

Elevated Work Location: Occasionally

Radioactive Materials: Not Applicable

Temperature Variations: Occasionally

Gas System: Occasionally

Other Working Conditions:

close proximity to animals and their bedding

Required to work weekends and holidays on rotation.

May be required to work overtime as needed.

Must wear protective clothing provided by ULAR.

Valid California driver's license required.

Constant exposure to possible allergens in the cage wash area, including (but not limited to) animal waste from dirty cages, dirty bedding, animal hair and dander, dust and steam. The work area is enclosed with no direct access to open air.

Must attend technician training courses/meetings per ULAR s discretion.

Must participate in medical monitoring programs as prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Program. This may include preventive medical programs such as TB screening, tetanus booster, blood testing, immunizations, medical surveillance and others to meet the state, federal and UC requirements.

Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy . Share: mail
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