Animal Care Technician

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 04, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Animal Care Technician



Oversee animal care for research and teaching in the Science building.

REPORTS TO: Chair, Department of Biology

  1. Maintain fruit fly stocks for research labs. This requires making food, checking humidity levels, and setting up crosses.
  2. Maintain fish populations. Keep tanks clean, breed zebrafish when necessary, and feed animals.
  3. Maintain mammal populations (mice). Keep tanks clean, breed when necessary, and feed animals.
  4. Maintain spider, beetle, roach, and ant populations. Keep tanks clean and feed animals.
  5. Maintain crab and oyster populations. Keep tanks clean and feed animals.
  6. Maintain additional animal groups needed by new faculty for either teaching or research.
  7. Maintain records for all animals including, but not limited to, when animals are fed, number of animals, environmental conditions.
  8. Coordinate with facilities on maintaining appropriate environmental conditions in the facility and in auxiliary locations where animals are kept. Prepare work orders when needed.
  9. Interview and/or supervise student employees.
  10. Coordinate and maintain records of trainings required for individuals working with vertebrate animals.
  11. Keep up to date on regulatory requirements for working with vertebrate animals.
  12. Maintain the animal facility so that it is always ready for inspection.
  13. Coordinate with Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee on changes to any animals kept in the building.
  14. Verify inventory and supplies reports on request. Order supplies as needed.
  15. Organize and maintain animal-related equipment.
  16. Additional tasks as assigned.

  1. May serve on committees when authorized.
  2. Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

  1. Experience working with different types of animals.
  2. Ability to prioritize workload according to volume, urgency, etc.
  3. Good organization skills and attention to detail.
  4. Good interpersonal skills.
  5. Ability to handle multiple tasks effectively and accurately.
  6. Ability to be discrete and maintain high confidentiality on a wide range of issues.
  7. Good verbal and writing skills.
  8. Knowledge of University policies and procedures.
  9. Good computer skills for using Google Apps, Microsoft Word, Excel, and E-mail.
  10. Ability to work with students and colleagues in a diverse environment.

  1. Ability to sit at a desk for long periods of time.
  2. Ability to work on a computer for long periods of time.
  3. Ability to open drawers and file paperwork.
  4. Ability to lift at least 30 lbs.

  1. Bachelor's degree required.
  2. Experience working with animals.
  3. Prefer experience working with fruit flies (Drosophila).


Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students' lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island's oldest private coeducational university, serving almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, at learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online. The University offers more than 60 undergraduate programs, more than 65 master's degree and doctoral programs, and more than 35 certificate programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and professional training. With powerful partnerships throughout the New York area, more than 116,000 graduates across the country, a growing enrollment of students from 43 states and 64 countries, and rising rankings from top publications and organizations, Adelphi is a dynamic community that plays a leadership role on Long Island and in the region.
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