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ANIMAL TECHNICIAN

Company: Texas A&M University
Location: College Station
Posted on: May 4, 2021

Job Description:

Job Title GHRC Animal Technician Agency Texas A&M University Department Vice Pres For Research Proposed Minimum Salary $14.53 hourly Job Location College Station, Texas Job Type Staff Job Description Our Commitment Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values . Who We Are: The Global Health Research Complex (GHRC) at Texas A&M University is a brand new state-of-the-art biocontainment research facility that will improve animal and human health within the State of Texas, across the United States, and around the globe. The GHRC supports and advances multi-disciplinary large animal and insect vector research, education, and training opportunities for faculty at Texas A&M and their partners from other academic institutions and industry. To learn more, visit class="emphasis-3"> What We Want: The Global Health Research Complex is seeking an animal technician who will perform all aspects of daily animal care and animal husbandry in ABSL-2 and BSL3-Ag environments; monitor and record environmental parameters and conditions; and perform other related duties. The preferred candidate will hold a Bachelor of Science in an Agricultural or animal-related field, will have prior experience in a bio-containment program (BSL-2, ABSL-2, BSL-3, ABSL-3, or BSL-3Ag), prior experience working with wildlife species, and have a minimum of three years of experience working with large animal species such as cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats. We seek to hire a team player who will promote collaboration and cooperation while working within a team. We need an individual who subscribes to and supports our commitment as stated above. If this is you, we invite you to apply to become a member of our team. What You Need to Know: This job has the potential for working holidays, weekends, and being on-call. This position is considered essential when the University declares an emergency, campus closure, class cancellations, etc., and are therefore required to report to work and remain on duty unless/until relieved by the direct supervisor. Cover Letter/Resume/Reference A cover letter, resume, and references are strongly recommended. Please upload as an attachment to the application. COVID-19 information: Texas A&M University monitors and updates our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes to align with local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible. Each department has established both remote and in-person procedures for conducting these processes, which include sanitizing common spaces, a mask policy, and maintaining safe physical distancing to the extent possible. Departments will provide the procedures to be followed at each step of the recruiting process. Required Education and Experience:

  • Associates degree in an agricultural or animal-related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Three years experience with large animal species such as cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Ability to handle, restrain, clinically observe and identify health concerns in a wide range of large animal species
    • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively to ensure understanding Required Licenses and Certifications:
      • Must be able to successfully obtain Biological Select Agent and Toxin certification Preferred Education and Experience:
        • Bachelor of Science in an Agricultural or animal-related field
        • Prior experience in a biocontainment program (BSL-2, ABSL-2, BSL-3, ABSL-3, or BSL-3Ag). Prior experience working with wildlife species Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
          • Ability to cultivate and maintain professional working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds Preferred Licenses and Certifications:
            • American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification
            • Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification Responsibilities: Animal Care
              • Performs daily animal care and husbandry duties for research animals in a bio-containment facility including feeding, watering, animal handling/transport, animal health checks, providing enrichment and environmental monitoring.
              • Assures animals are appropriately maintained and cared for in accordance with standard operating procedures and supervisors instructions.
              • Decontaminates, cleans, and sanitizes animal rooms, ancillary areas, primary enclosures and caging equipment following established procedures and schedules.
              • Operates equipment such as autoclaves, chemical foamer/sprayers, and pressure washers.
              • May perform technical services such as blood, tissue, urine/feces collection, administering prophylactic treatments and injections. Assists with animal handling and restraint for tissue collections.
              • This job has a potential for safety hazard exposures and infectious disease exposures, and requires the ability to work sometimes under challenging conditions (high humidity/temperature, unpleasant odors, animal excreta and noise). May be required to take several showers each day, is required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, and stand for prolonged periods of time. Must have the physical ability to lift or move heavy loads. Facility Operations
                • Monitors and records environmental parameters and conditions. Maintains animal room logs, animal health records, census sheets, and other essential records.
                • Responsible for the preparation of animal holding rooms before the start of experiments, including assembling penning, and penning movement/storage.
                • Maintains and stocks appropriate supplies such as animal feed and PPE for the animal rooms; assists with facility laundry as needed.
                • Assists with the disinfection of necropsy spaces; assists with carcass disposal in the on-site tissue digester.
                • Performs weekend and holiday duties as scheduled; and other duties as assigned. Provides assistance and resources to facility users and departmental staff. Other
                  • Performs other duties as assigned. Instructions to Applicants : Applications received by Texas A&M University and TAMHSC, must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institutions verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institutions procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check. Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Keywords: Texas A&M University, College Station , ANIMAL TECHNICIAN, Professions , College Station, Texas

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