Enrichment Specialist

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
January 25, 2023
Offerd Salary:$38,000-$48,000
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Contract Type:Other
Working Time:Full time
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Posting Information

Posting Information

Department Comparative Medicine-621500

Career Area Laboratory Management and Services Is this an internal only recruitment? No Posting Open Date 01/18/2023 Application Deadline 01/25/2023 Position Type Permanent Staff (SHRA) Position Title Research Specialist - Contributing Salary Grade Equivalent GN08 Working Title Enrichment Specialist Position Number 20052843, 20052844 Vacancy ID P016744 Full-time/Part-time Permanent/Time-Limited Full-Time Permanent If time-limited, estimated duration of appointment Hours per week 40 Work Schedule

Monday-Friday 8am- 5pm Overtime, weekends, holidays, & on-call occasionally

Work Location Chapel Hill, NC Position Location North Carolina, US Hiring Range $38,000-$48,000 Pay Band Information

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Position Summary Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) is responsible for the care of all vertebrate animals on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) campus. DCM is committed to programs of excellence in veterinary care and laboratory animal management practices for all species used in UNC-CH research endeavors.

A staff of more than 170 professional, technical, and administrative personnel provides quality animal care to a daily population of over 200,000 animals located in 26 animal facilities on and off the UNC campus. Federal funding and foundations sponsor over $1 billion in research on the UNC campus conducted by the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Public Health, Pharmacy, as well as the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology.

A major responsibility of the Division's veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and laboratory technicians is the health care and humane use of all animals. The Division's program is reviewed semi-annually by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and has been accredited by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) since 1973. DCM and the University also meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Public Health Service standards and regulations. As laboratory animal specialists they provide a comprehensive program of veterinary care, offer technical advice and assistance, and provide needed laboratory and research core services for teaching and research purposes.

Position Summary


This position is being created as a result of growing research needs and the required enrichment activities involved in sustaining a large colony. This colony requires special care and attention, and a dedicated individual to perform colony maintenance and related duties. In addition, the animal enrichment program has grown to the point where an enrichment technician position is warranted.

Under the direction of the Manager/Supervisor, this position performs research support, animal husbandry duties, and provides environmental enrichment to a wide variety of research animals. Husbandry duties include room checks, cage changing, animal equipment maintenance, and documentation of all tasks performed. Research Support duties may include administering routine animal treatments as directed by Vets/vet care staff, administering special feed and water, dosing, SQ, IV, etc. This position is also responsible for triaging animal care issues.

This position will also function as a team member of professionals and utilize available resources to provide environmental enrichment to a wide variety of research animals. This position will have to work independently, demonstrate excellent communication skills, and have a proven ability to foster positive relationships with co-workers and researchers. This position will need to communicate with all levels of staff effectively. The position will need to understand species-specific behavior as it relates to overall health of the animals and work with research and veterinary staff to address behavioral issues. The position will implement enrichment activities and conduct positive reinforcement training, social housing, and behavioral assessment of animals. This position will require a research skill set or background. This position will maintain records and provide written and verbal reports as required. The person in this position will also maintain inventory and construction of enrichment devices. They will be responsible for assisting in performing literature searches and keeping up with changes or trends in the animal enrichment field.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

- AALAS Certification at the ALAT level within one year of the role - Excellent attention to detail and strong work ethic - Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff - Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision - Demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships with co-workers and researchers - Microsoft Office and data entry

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

- AALAS certification at higher levels - Experience handling, restraining, dosing, and performing health assessments of rabbits/swine and other USDA species

Required Licenses/Certifications

- AALAS Certification at the ALAT level within one year of the role

Special Physical/Mental Requirements

- Ability to move/lift 50 pounds with or without accommodation - Requires prolonged and/or repetitive reaching, bending, and twisting

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

Position/Schedule Requirements Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure to Hazardous Materials, Laboratory, Overtime occasionally, Weekend work occasionally Special Instructions

This recruitment is to fill two vacancies, positions 20052843 and 20052844 . By applying to this posting you will be considered for both vacancies.

Quick Link https: // unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/247929

Contact Information

Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected]

Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Optional Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Certification/licenses
  • List of References
  • Posting Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Please select the response below that best describes your experience/education for the Research Specialist position.
  • Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment.
  • Associate's degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment and 2 years related experience.
  • Combination of related post-high school education and experience to equal at least 4 years of experience in a closely related field. (ex: 1 year towards a related degree and 3 years of related experience).
  • High School diploma/GED and at least 4 years of related experience
  • Did not complete high school but have a combination of high school education and experience to equal at least 8 years (ex. 3 years of high school and 5 years of experience).
  • None of the above
  • Are you certified by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the ALAT level or higher?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Do you have experience with handling and/or restraining large animals and/or USDA covered species including dogs and swine?
  • Yes
  • No
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