Animal Caretaker III
Philadelphia, PA 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

The Animal Caretaker III position is based in Temple's University Laboratory Animal Resources Department (ULAR). The individual filling this position will be responsible for providing exemplary animal care, husbandry, customer service, and study support. The individual will also assume a lead husbandry role in animal procurement, front end billing, staff training, and project management. will be responsible for ensuring good husbandry, nutrition, and sanitation of animals used for research, testing, and educational purposes. The individual is also responsible for monitoring compliance with institutional animal care and use policies and federal laws.

Essential Functions:

Animal Husbandry
* Understand and follow all ULAR SOPs, IACUC policies and guidelines, safety procedures, and Quality Assurance Standards.
* Perform daily animal health checks and reports any abnormal animal conditions to the veterinary staff. This is to include, ensuring all laboratory animals in their care always have food and water.
* Change animal caging, to include feed and water, according to ULAR SOPs and/or specific approved protocols and the schedule established by the Area Supervisor.
* Determine age, sex, and weaning times for animals according to ULAR SOPs and IACUC policy.
* Dispose of dead animals according to standard SOPs and policies.
* Assist with the restraint, handling, and manipulation of various animal species as requested by the investigators or other ULAR staff members.
* Receive, examine, transfer, identify, and properly house incoming animal shipments according to ULAR SOPs.
* Maintain daily documentation to include room logs, animal census sheets, animals care and enrichment logs, room equipment logs, and other forms as requested by the Area Supervisor. This includes ensuring all animals are tagged and cages are properly identified.
* Clean and sanitize the animal facility, assigned rooms, and cages according to ULAR SOPs.
* Maintain and repair animal caging and support equipment.
* Operate mechanical equipment such as cage washing machines, the Hydropac water delivery system, and autoclaves.
* Perform routine cleaning, descaling, and preventative maintenance on the cage washers and autoclaves, including checking and cleaning filters, and spray manifolds.
* Process dirty caging to include breaking down part, dumping bedding, and soaking caging components.
* Process clean caging and accessory equipment appropriately, including putting bedding into cages, filling water bottles, and autoclaving cages and supplies.
* Prepare and submit records, charts, logs, cage cards, and inventories as required by ULAR SOP's.
* Prepare housing and paperwork/cage cards for incoming shipments.
* Receive all animal deliveries
* Properly house all animals into previously determined holding rooms
* Maintain all applicable documentation.
Front End Billing
* Collect cage activation and deactivation cards from all ULAR facilities on the Health Sciences Campus.
* Use Cayuse software to activate or to deactivate billing cycles for all applicable animals.
* Organize and maintain hard copies of all cards input into Cayuse database.
Staff Training
* In accordance with ULAR SOP, train employees in cage wash operations as needed.
* In accordance with ULAR SOP, train employees in animal husbandry as needed.
* In accordance with ULAR SOP, train employees in room sanitation as needed.
Project Management 1.
* Develop action plans to complete assigned projects.
* Organize materials and personnel required to complete assigned projects.
* Execute action plans to complete assigned projects
* Equipment inventory tracking

Employment at Temple University means much more than a competitive salary. Temple strives to maintain a culture of diversity and inclusivity and provide employees with opportunities for growth and advancement. You will enjoy a collaborative working environment that values innovation and creativity. Our health and wellness benefits are among the best in the region, and our retirement savings plans allow you to plan for the future. Temple University offers many opportunities for employees to enhance skills, gain new perspectives and grow professionally. For example, you can earn your bachelor's degree or an advanced degree through our tuition remission benefit or develop your management and leadership skills in one of our HR Learning and Development's academies. Temple University employees also enjoy recreational, entertainment, and cultural activities both on campus and throughout the Philadelphia region.

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Required Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree with six or more years of directly related experience handling both rodent and USDA covered species
Preferred Education: A.S./B.S. Degree in an animal or biology related discipline

Required Skills & Abilities:
* Proficient at working with and handling rodents, USDA covered species, and other animal species involved in the Temple University animal program.
* Demonstrated ability to continuously lift 50lbs.
* Strong organizational skills, along with the ability to be detail-oriented and to handle multiple tasks.
* Strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Demonstrated computer skills, along with the ability to operate standard office equipment and software including MS Office.
* Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.
* Ability to work holiday and weekend hours, as needed.
* Ability to perform husbandry for all applicable species housed at Temple University.

Preferred Education:
* A.S./B.S. Degree in an animal or biology related discipline
Preferred Experience:
* Prior experience working with animals in private practice, laboratory animal, or zoo animal setting.
* Prior experience with animal husbandry and behavior.
* Prior experience with cagewash operations.
* AALAS LATG certification eligible.

This position requires a background check.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

In accordance with the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19 mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff, and contractors must be fully vaccinated before receiving authorization to work unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two (2) weeks following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet the University's vaccination or exemption requirement will be prohibited from working until proof of full vaccination or an exemption is requested and approved. For more information, visit the University's Vaccines web page at

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
6+ years
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