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Animal Care Worker

University of Missouri - Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 14, 2024

Job Details

Hiring Department

Office of Animal Resources

In order to be considered as a Union Bidder for this position you must:
• complete ALL sections of the application (including all work experience - incomplete applications will not be considered)
• complete six months of regular service at the University
• apply within the published, five-day posting period
• meet the minimum qualifications for the vacancy

Your qualifications for this position will be evaluated based on the information you provide on your job application. Once the job posting period is closed, there will be no opportunity to submit additional information regarding your qualifications. Therefore, you need to ensure that your application materials are complete when submitted.

Job Description

The University of Missouri seeks a reliable and service-oriented Animal Care Worker to support the Office of Animal Resources efforts to develop and deliver care, support, and help to University clients. The successful candidate will foster and maintain positive relationships with co-workers, clients, and other lab personnel. Must have a desire to work with and care for animals on a daily basis.

Key Duties Performed By This Position Will Include
  • Research animal husbandry and colony management
  • Follows protocols to ensure the health and welfare of animals in care
  • Facility cleaning and upkeep
  • Washing dirty equipment and caging
  • Prepping and sterilizing clean caging
  • Maintaining animal care supplies and inventory
In Addition, The Individual Will Need
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling up to 50 pounds
  • Some repetitious movements of arms and hands
  • Walking/standing while using a biosafety cabinet
  • Ability to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and protocols
  • Excellent time management skills and an attention to detail in documentation practices
  • Capable of working both independently and in a collaborative team setting
Successful must demonstrate customer service, collaboration, confidentiality, integrity and a commitment to inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity in their activities.


Monday - Friday, 7:00 am – 3:30 pm

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ability to read and write.
  • One to two years of experience with caring for horses and/or livestock.
  • Ability on a daily basis to:
    • Lift items weighing up to 70 lbs.
    • Grasp handles of shovels for scooping.
    • Climb on railings.
    • Grasp brooms and mops for cleaning.
    • Observe animal behavior.
    • Work around dust, chemicals, animal waste and water.
Preferred Qualifications

Animal care experience required

AALAS certification at ALAT, LAT, or LATg preferred

Punctual, Attentive, Driven, Motivated

Must be trainable and motivated to complete tasks without micromanaging. Tasks include washing/hosing kennels, facility upkeep, providing feed and some minimal animal treatment. Hearing conservation program enrollment is required

Anticipated Hiring Range

Hiring Salary: $15.00 per hour

Grade: GGS-B

University Title: Animal Care Worker

Internal applicants can determine their University title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.

Application Materials


Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.




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