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Temporary Jr. Animal Caretaker I

Temporary Jr. Animal Caretaker I

Job ID 
2017-10544
Campus 
Einstein/Resnick - Bronx
Posting Date 
9/15/2017
Employee Classification 
1199 Union
Department 
Animal Institute
Position Type 
Temporary Full-Time

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ABOUT US

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (Einstein) is one of the nation’s premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation, and proud home to more than 3,000 faculty and staff, 750 medical students and 350 PhD students, including 125 students in the combined MD/PhD programs.  As a longstanding national leader in biomedical research, Einstein has 300+ research laboratories and has been awarded more than $199 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Einstein offers challenging, exciting, and rewarding careers for highly talented individuals who are dedicated to advancing pioneering educational and research initiatives. We pride ourselves in our humanitarian mission of serving the community and promoting an academic and working culture that is both supportive and collaborative.  At Einstein, science is truly at the heart of medicine.

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University has a strong tradition of combining Jewish scholarship with academic excellence and achievement in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies, education and psychology. Since welcoming our first class in 1955, Einstein has been an integral part of Yeshiva University, an institution that offers rewarding and challenging employment opportunities to qualified candidates in a wide range of disciplines.

The University offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. Staff members are typically eligible for four weeks paid vacation each year. 

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

The Temporary Junior Animal Caretaker I will provide for care of laboratory animals. The Caretaker will perform routine assignments requiring technical applications, or under direct supervision as a trainee will perform multiple assignments.  Observe, report and monitor the health and comfort of a variety of species being used for biomedical research. Perform animal husbandry and sanitation as prescribed by federal laws and regulations, state law and IAS policy.

 

Duties will include:

  • Provide for care of laboratory animals in a humane, safe and sanitary manner using appropriate equipment and established procedures
  • Maintain a daily room activity log of each assigned room
  • Feed and water the animals daily and administer special diets and water according to specified protocols and directions
  • Change animal caging as scheduled or needed and clean animal rooms daily as assigned. Breakdown and sanitize animal quarters, service rooms, equipment and hallways as scheduled and assigned.
  • Observe animals for clinical signs of disease and behavioral changes and report observations using appropriate IAS forms
  • Observe and maintain proper cage densities in their assigned animal rooms
  • Report and correct any violation of cage density, guideline using established IAS cage density policies
  • Receive, transport and distribute incoming animals as specified by established animal receiving procedures
  • Operate and maintain the cage-washer, bottle washer, tunnel-washer, autoclave, biological safety cabinet and other support equipment. Observe and report any aberrations in animal room environments
  • Attend in house training programs to become more knowledgeable of and develop expertise in lab animal science
  • Notify Facility Supervisor or Lead of minor repairs; record and follow-up
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High school diploma/GED required; previous related experience preferred
  • The ideal candidate will possess good written and verbal communication skills
  • Due to the nature of the work, individual must be able to pay close attention to detail and must be physically fit to do heavy repetitive lifting and pushing of equipment daily
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
  • Must not be allergic to animals, latex, waste products, bedding or solutions
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays as needed