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Animal Caretaker, Grade III

Animal Caretaker, Grade III

Job ID 
Einstein/Resnick - Bronx
Posting Date 
Employee Classification 
1199 Union
Animal Institute
Position Type 
Regular Full-Time

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Founded in 1955, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) is one of the nation's premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation. A full-time faculty of some 2,000 conducts research, teaches, and delivers health care in every major biomedical specialty. The college has some 730 medical students,193 Ph.D.students, 106 MD/Ph.D. students and 275 postdoctoral fellows.


Einstein's major strength,in addition to training physicians and scientists,is its science.During fiscal year 2015,the faculty's consistently high level of scientific achievement resulted in the awarding of more than $1SO million in peer­ reviewed grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Einstein is part of Montefiore Medicine Academic Health System, an integrated academic delivery system comprising seven campuses, including 8 hospitals,a multi-county ambulatory network,a new state-of-the art"hospital without beds", a skilled nursing facility, school of nursing,home health agency,and the state's first freestanding emergency department. As the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of MedicineMontefiore is a premier academic health system, employing Einstein's clinical faculty and training Einstein's medical students, over 1,300 residents,420 allied health students, and 1,600 nursing students annually.


The Albert Einstein College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative  Action Employer.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Einstein seeks candidates whose skills,and personal and professional experience,have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence,and the communities we serve.


Provide care of laboratory animals in a humane, safe and sanitary manner using appropriate equipment and established procedures;


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;


Operate and maintain the cage washer, bottle washer, tunnel-washer, autoclave, biological safety cabinet and other support equipment. 

Separate overcrowded cages and maintain records;

Identify sick animals and behavioral patterns such as barbering;


Identify and handle/dispose of bio-hazardous materials;


Maintain inventory of supplies and supply areas;


Coordinate distribution of door sheets, temperature logs, cage wash activity logs each month; collect and file previous month’s sheets.

Coordinate census sheets (collect, alphabetize, keep in room order);

Oversee monthly placement and collection of autoclave biological indicators;

Coordinate flow of clean materials from clean cage wash to animal rooms; return of soiled material to dirty side; assure that all techs bring soiled material to cage wash as required;

Notify Facility Supervisor or Lead of minor repairs, record, and follow up;


Select proper size mice to be fed to other species;


Perform other related duties as assigned;


High School Diploma and 1 year of related experience plus AALAS certification.


Must possess good communication skills (written and verbal);


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. Individual must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.


Individual must not be allergic to animals, latex, waste products, bedding or solutions.