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Animal Care Tech I

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 29, 2023

Job Summary

The Office of Animal Resources encourages applications for an Animal Care Technician! This position supports research involving laboratory animals by providing animal care and husbandry services, supervising animal health, and maintaining animal care facilities, in compliance with university and federal standards. The Technician also provides routine and specialized care for a variety of species of small laboratory animals which are used by scientists for research and education.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The OAR is a service center responsible for providing high-quality animal care, veterinary care, and support for the research and teaching missions of the University of Colorado, Boulder. The highly dedicated and experienced OAR staff is committed to the health and well-being of laboratory animals, student and investigator training, and technical service.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Animal Husbandry:
  • Change and/or clean soiled animal cages, feeding devices and watering devices.
  • Clean/sanitize at regular intervals direct and indirect animal contact surfaces by washing with appropriate detergents/disinfectants.
  • Collect soiled animal bedding and other wastes and transport to designated waste disposal sites (i.e. cage wash room or dumpster).
  • Procure animal feed and supplies from appropriate support areas and transport them to the required use site.
Animal Health:
  • Evaluate the basic health status of animals and report abnormalities to the appropriate personnel. Weighs, administers medications, breeds, records breeding status data, euthanizes, restrains, receives and transports laboratory animals as advised by supervisor or veterinarian.
  • Record daily animal care activities on room check sheets and enters work activities into the database.
  • Contact appropriate personnel regarding dead/sick animals, overcrowded cages, euthanasia requests and specific project requirements.
  • Scan cage cards to record animal census in the animal rooms.
Room/Facility Maintenance:
  • Select, prepare, dispense and use hazardous chemicals and disinfectants according to the manufacturer's instructions in cleaning and sanitizing animal rooms, racks, cages and pens and animal support areas.
  • Operate mechanical equipment to clean and sterilize cages such as autoclaves and cage washers.
  • Operate equipment such as floor buffers, high-pressure washers, laundry equipment, and environmental monitoring equipment for cleaning/sanitizing purposes.
  • Clean/sanitize/disinfect animal holding rooms, procedure rooms, and support rooms.
What You Should Know

This full-time, on-site position includes the following benefits:
  • EcoPass for free RTD rides.
  • Paid days off: 22 vacation days, 15 sick leave days, and 10 holidays.
  • Access to medical, vision, dental, and life insurance.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • A 10% employer contribution retirement plan.
  • Opportunity for career growth!
All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The hiring range for this position is $37,900-$39,800 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • One year of relevant experience. College coursework in a field of study related to the work assignment will substitute for the experience.
  • Previous experience caring for, feeding, or providing health care for animals in a veterinary laboratory, zoo, breeding, or boarding facility.
What You Will Need
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, customer service, critical thinking, outstanding communication skills, organization, attention to detail, general office equipment, problem-solving, time management, computer use, and basic mathematical skills.
  • Willing and able to: sit, stoop, kneel, and balance on an occasional basis.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by 4/9/2023 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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