Animal Caretaker II (Full- and/or Part-time positions available)
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts


Job no: 513366
Work type: Staff Full Time/Part-Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Animal Care Services
Union: AFSCME
Categories: Laboratory & Research

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Animal Caretaker II assists in the operation of animal care facilities on campus. Provides general care of laboratory animals and maintenance of animal care facilities

Essential Functions

  • Handles, cares for, and monitors the health and well being of laboratory animals on a daily basis.
  • Maintains and operates mechanical equipment, such as cage washer, glassware dishwasher, euthanasia chambers, etc.
  • Maintains proper records on the individual animals, including health status.
  • Observes, detects, and records the conditions of animals (sick/dead reports) and animal room environments (room temperature, air exchange, light cycle).
  • Maintains all equipment (caging, bottles, stoppers) in good condition.
  • Participates in educational training programs for Animal Care staff.
  • Provides general technical assistance to Animal Care Supervisor or investigators.
  • Works with biohazardous substances.
  • Restrains and euthanizes animals, when necessary.
  • Maintains the inventory of food, bedding, and other supplies (bottles, stoppers) necessary to operate the animal care facilities.
  • Trains and functionally supervises work study students.

Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • One (1) year of experience working with common laboratory animals.
    • An Associate's degree in Animal Science, Laboratory Animal Technology, Biology, or related field of study may be substituted for the required experience.
  • Ability to provide care for laboratory animals in a safe and sanitary manner, using the necessary equipment and under the established institutional operating procedures.
  • Ability to handle, restrain, and determine the gender of all common laboratory animals without injuring the animals or endangering oneself or others.
  • Knowledge of universal identification systems used for marking laboratory animals and the ability to keep accurate records pertaining to this identification.
  • Knowledge concerning personal hygiene and personal safety with regard to hazardous substances; to be aware of proper institutional sanitation procedures, handling of equipment and chemicals used to clean, disinfect, and sterilize.
  • Ability to functionally supervise work study students effectively and to schedule the workload in an efficient and productive manner.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Knowledge of University, State, and Federal regulations regarding the care, handling, use, and welfare of laboratory animals.
  • Ability to assist in collecting samples for laboratory tests associated with the well being and health of animals, e.g., handling of blood samples.
  • Ability to assist in routine medical treatments of laboratory animals.
  • AALAS Certification (ALAT or LAT).
  • Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    • Ability to lift and/or carry heavy objects up to fifty (50) pounds, unassisted.
    • Good physical stamina.

    Additional Details

    This position is considered Essential Personnel. Essential personnel are expected to report to work in the event of an emergency closing of the UMass Amherst campus, including delayed openings and early closings. Employees designated as essential personnel and who report to work during emergency closure periods will be compensated in accordance with their respective collective bargaining agreements. Employees designated as essential personnel and who do not report to work during emergency closure periods will be required to use accrued time.

    Work Schedule

    • Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.
    • Full and/or part-time positions available.
    • The incumbent may be expected to participate in a weekend and holiday rotation schedule as needed, and some evening work may be required.

    Salary Information

    Grade 9

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Applicants should provide a resume and three professional references.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Mar 10 2022 Eastern Standard Time
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