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Animal Technician III

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Health and Medical Services

Posting Number: req8341

Department: University Animal Care

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

University Animal Care at the University of Arizona is searching for an Animal Technician III. This is the third in a series of seven classifications. The position is distinguished from the Animal Technician in that incumbents are responsible for daily care of a variety of animal species and/or are assigned additional Cage Wash duties such as, operating complex equipment, and documenting these activities and training in animal rooms in basic servicing tasks. Incumbents are generally assigned to perform animal care duties within in one facility, while Cage Wash activities are performed in multiple facilities. Work is performed under minimal supervision with assigned general expectations. The work schedule includes participation in the Animal Care holiday rotation schedule, may include weekends, and may include compensated overtime.

University Animal Care (UAC) provides humane and appropriate animal care, ensuring that the highest standards are met so that each animal's well-being is attended to. This includes providing for the animals' daily needs for clean, safe housing and access to fresh food and water; the provision of necessary veterinary care; and the monitoring of the use of animals by principal investigators and their personnel. We provide services and resources needed by investigators to accomplish their research objectives and provide training in laboratory animal care and use to technical personnel, students, and faculty. Our staff, through contacts with the media and the public, works to enhance understanding and support for the humane use of animals in research and teaching programs at the University of Arizona.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide daily care and maintenance of a wide variety of laboratory animal species housed within UAC facilities
  • Must be able to move/transport up to 50 lbs. several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting, and turning. Must be able to maneuver cages, carts, and racks within the facility, which are on wheels and can weigh over 150 lbs
  • May breed or wean rodents, work with non-human primates, or work with animals exposed to hazardous materials
  • May work with mice housed in the Germ-Free isolators/caging
  • Operate animal care related equipment, such as change stations, biosafety cabinets, autoclaves, rodent ventilated cage racks, Hydropacp, etc.
  • Administer treatments to animals as directed
  • Complete all necessary documentation
  • Perform rodent euthanasia with standardized system
  • Report operational problems or equipment malfunctions
  • Receive supplies and equipment into facilities utilizing gas sterilization
  • Organize and restock supplies in animal rooms and storage areas
  • Assist with reviewing SOPs
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledgeable in the care of animals
  • Working knowledge of email, word and other computer applications
  • Able to work in a team environment as well as independently

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience required
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy
  • Must be able to move/lift/transport up to 50 lbs

Preferred Qualifications

  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT)

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Veterinary and Animal Care

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $16.00 - $18.25

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Animal Care

Job Function

Veterinary & Animal Care

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Cheryl Johnson


Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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