Animal Caretaker/Lab Assistant

Mercer University

United States

July 9, 2021

Description

Animal Caretaker/Lab Assistant

Apply now Job Vacancy: 22-031 Work type: Full-Time Staff Location: Savannah, GA Categories: Research and Laboratory

Position Title

Animal Caretaker/Lab Assistant

Department

Biomedical Sciences

Division

School of Medicine

Vacancy Number

22-031

Work Location

Savannah, GA

Job Type

Full-time

Job Category

Staff

Hours Per Week

40

Responsibilities

The animal caretaker/research laboratory assistant is responsible for the daily husbandry and health of laboratory animals housed in the vivarium. Maintenance of the facility including routine janitorial tasks is also the responsibility of the caretaker. The animals and facility are maintained in accordance with Mercer University IACUC, USDA, PHS, and OLAW standards, which the caretaker must learn. Works closely with faculty Principal Investigators and their research assistants. This position reports under direct supervision to the Director of the Animal Facility at the Department of Biomedical Sciences. The caretaker will consult with the Savannah Attending Veterinarian and University Veterinarian as needed for issues regarding animal husbandry and health. The caretaker will be responsible for collecting weekly animal inventories, maintaining an adequate supply of food and bedding, maintaining an adequate supply of materials needed for facility maintenance, completing daily task charts for each of the animal holding rooms, and maintenance of equipment within the facility. Moreover, the caretaker will be responsible for general lab housekeeping/maintenance as directed by the director. In their role as research laboratory assistant they will work closely with the research laboratory manager and be responsible for general upkeep of laboratory equipment, ordering of general laboratory supplies and other miscellaneous duties associated with facilitating operation of the research space in Savannah.

Work will include working weekends and holidays in the animal care facility on a regular basis.

Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Must be able to learn and apply basic principles and practices of laboratory animal care and facility maintenance
  • Must be able to keep written records of animal health, daily tasks, and facility conditions
  • Must be able to use e-mail, MS Word, and MS Excel
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds from the squat position to shoulder height and up to 50 pounds to the waist height with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Must be able to work with disinfectants, germicides, and cleaning agents commonly used in the animal care facility
  • Must be able to work on weekends and holidays in the animal care facility on a regular basis
  • Is a criminal background check needed for this position?

    Yes

    Pay Rate

    Base: $9.00/hour up to commensurate with experience

    Pay Basis

    Biweekly

    FLSA Status

    Non-Exempt

    Required Documents

    Resume

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Applicants should be prepared to answer the following questions:

    1. Do you have the ability to lift up to 20 pounds from the squat position to shoulder height and up to 50 pounds to the waist height with or without reasonable accommodation? 2. Do you have the ability to work with disinfectants, germicides, and cleaning agents commonly used in an animal care facility?

    EEO Statement

    AA/EEO/Veteran/Disability

    Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

    Advertised: 07 Jun 2021 Eastern Daylight Time Applications close: Open until filled