Animal Care Technician I - Main Station
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Dedicated to discovering causes, prevention, treatments, and cures, Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC) is fighting diseases and improving human health and lives worldwide. One of seven NPRCs funded by the NIH, Yerkes conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at http://www. yerkes.emory.edu
Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at Yerkes to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. If you are someone with laboratory research experience who is familiar with autism this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community.
The Division of Animal Resources at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full time Animal Care Technician I to join our dedicated Animal Care team to assist with husbandry and activities related to the daily operations of the NHP. Observing all established guidelines for proper care and welfare of the animals, the ideal candidate will be motivated, dependable, detail-oriented, have a positive attitude and compassion for both animals and people. If you are someone with lab animal experience (preferably NHP) who is familiar with animal observations and cagewash duties, this is an amazing opportunity to indirectly save and change lives and make a positive impact in the science and research community.
The Animal Care Technician I ensure the highest quality of laboratory animal care and research support, cleanliness of the facility and the maintenance of adequate supplies of food and bedding materials, including PPE. They should have good communication skills with co-workers, the management team, PI's, research staff, students, and other support services and will work together with other technicians according to a schedule prepared by the Assistant Operations Manager and must be willing and able to rotate through all Yerkes DAR facilities. This position reports directly to the Animal Care Supervisor. This position is considered essential and requires some weekend and holiday work as part of a rotating schedule.
- Performs routine duties associated with animal care in a research setting.
- Prepares food and feeds animals, maintains sanitary conditions, observes animal conditions and behavior, and collects animal specimens.
- May assist in animal restraint, maintaining animal housing and minor cage maintenance.
- Performs related responsibilities as required.
- Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
- A high school diploma or equivalent and one year of animal husbandry or related animal care experience OR two years of animal husbandry experience in a laboratory animal facility.
- The ability to lift up to 75 pounds.
- Positions in this classification may require a valid Georgia driver's license and an insurable driving record.
- Demonstrated outstanding working habits, including the ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Demonstrated ability to work in an animal research environment requiring continuous contact with animals
- Demonstrated ability to understand established guidelines for humane care and welfare of laboratory animals as described by AALAC
- Working knowledge of hygiene principles, safety protocols, and basic animal husbandry
- Communication skills, including the ability to write and understand English and to follow written and oral instructions
- Certifications issued by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
- Experience working in a biosafety environment
- Demonstrated computer skills proficiency
- Hours/Weekends/Holidays - 7:30- a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday alternating weekends and Holidays
- This position has an indoor/outdoor work environment that may require working in inclement weather conditions.
- This position also requires exposure to bio hazards and potentially dangerous animals.
- Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions
- Maintains adequate inventory of necessary supplies and equipment.
- Assists with performs minor repairs and maintains animal housing facility
- Work is normally performed in a typical laboratory environment
- Requires the ability to lift up to 75 lbs. as well as move/push heavy racks a short distance
- Requires the ability to bend, kneel, and/or squat
PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING STATEMENT:Yerkes NPRC in conjunction with Emory University conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which may include an INA and criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications, drug screening, and health assessment. Employment is contingent upon a clear background screening.
NOTE: Position tasks are required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location; working remote is not an option. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.
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