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Laboratory Animal Technician

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Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Laboratory Animal Technician
Department Center for Comparative Medicine & Research
Position Number 0000000
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Position Purpose

To provide specific care to laboratory animals in a safe and sanitary manner in accordance with clearly defined direction and established federal, state, and local regulations, guidelines and policies on the use of laboratory animals in the conduct of biomedical research and to provide support for the research investigations.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Must be in good physical condition and capable of lifting and carrying equipment or feed packages weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Strong ability to work in a fast-paced environment efficiently.
  • Ability to work weekend and holiday schedules.
  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community.
Minimum Experience
  • No previous experience required
Minimum Education
  • High School diploma or the equivalent.
FLSA Non-Exempt
Level Temp - Technician/Specialist
Employment Category Temporary Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Alicia A. Bursey
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Note – This is a developmental position, involving intensive training and increased responsibility as the individual becomes proficient in the work. Upon completion of the training and when management determines full performance has been net, the incumbent may be promoted not-competitively to the next level in the ladder.

Animal Care

  • Handles and cares for a variety of animals on a daily basis.
  • Observes and maintains an awareness of the physical needs of the animals and of their condition.
  • Reports changes in animal condition to the veterinary staff.
  • Communicates with the principal investigators and their technical staff concerning the status of their research animals.
  • May administer medications under the direction of a CCMR veterinarian.
  • Euthanizes animals as needed.
  • Achieves competence in caring for and handling the variety of animal species housed in the Animal Resource Center.

Facility/Habitat Maintenance

  • Cleans cages, utilizing washers other mechanical equipment.
  • Prepares and maintains caging and equipment for animal care.
  • Maintains the sanitary condition of the animals and their environment.
  • Prepares chemicals as needed including mixing appropriate dilutions for different situations.
  • Decontaminates areas as needed.
  • Performs light maintenance of the facilities such as replacement of bulbs, preventative maintenance of washers; emptying waste baskets and floor cleaning.
  • Performs regular filter changes to keep the bedding disposal station working properly.
  • Maintains equipment maintenance logs.
  • Washes scrubs and other laundry.
  • Follows the appropriate traffic pattern to minimize transmission of microorganisms of concern in the facilities.
  • Follows appropriate procedures to dispose of animal carcasses on an as needed basis. This includes performing procedures to save identified carcasses.
  • Monitors and stocks various supplies within the facilities.
  • Follows all SOP’s related to all areas of responsibility.

Environmental Control

  • Observes and records the condition of an animal’s environment, including temperature, air exchange, and light cycle.
  • Applies an understanding of the problem(s) created in an animal population by lack of any or all of the environmental factors.
  • Wears appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to reduce noise exposure, or exposure to allergens as necessary.

Administrative

  • Maintains proper medical records and inventory records on individual animals.
  • Maintains necessary documentation such as, payroll time sheets, departmental time logs, animal husbandry logs, clinical incident forms, and room supply inventory need sheets.
  • Monitors inventories of consumable supplies ensuring appropriate rotation and inventory of non-consumable equipment.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Demonstrates behaviors consistent with the agreed upon team expectations of CCMR leadership and staff.
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with all members of a diverse community. Fosters inclusiveness and diversity.
  • Participates in in-house training programs.
-- Performs other duties as assigned.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Additional Document #1
  2. Additional Document #2

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