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Animal Caretaker

Bucknell University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 24, 2023

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Employment Type
Part Time

Animal Caretaker

Job No: 496899
Position Type: part-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs

The Animal Caretaker is responsible for the monitoring and care of animals and supports the Biology, Psychology, Animal Behavior, and Neuroscience Programs. Animal care at Bucknell is a necessary and critical component that allows Bucknell to be in full compliance with Federal Regulations regarding animal housing and care. This position reports to the Animal Caretaker Manager.

Job Duties:
  • Animal handling, feeding and food preparation.
  • Monitoring of food and liquid intake for animals.
  • Provision of adequate environmental enrichment.
  • Early detection of signs of illness, injury, pregnancy, or abnormalities in physiology or behavior.
  • Routine cleaning of cages and animal living spaces.
  • Maintaining close contact with faculty and student researchers, as well as with the University's consulting veterinarian, especially when a problem is detected or suspected.
  • Attend regular training as directed to keep abreast of changing regulations and standards of humane animal care.
  • Keep records of day-to-day animal care (e.g. including feeding, cleaning, health checks).
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Previous experience and training in animal care
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain training by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) to be certified as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT)
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays
  • A current and valid driver's license
  • Some immunizations are required
  • Caretakers are expected to have good communication skills and be comfortable using email and Microsoft Word and Excel

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Above a minimum of AALAS-LAT certification, AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician (LATG) certification is preferred, or a willingness to pursue the additional training required for qualification as a LATG
  • Knowledge of animal care within the context of biomedical research
  • Previous experience in a clean room environment

    Physical Demands:
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds without accommodation
  • Exposure to laboratory animals and their waste products
  • Requires indoor and outdoor work including exposure to inclement weather

    Work Type:
    This is a casual, part-time, non-benefits eligible position.

    This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

    Salary Range:
    This is a Staff Non-Exempt position with a hiring rate of $15. The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
    Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

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