Utah State University

Part Time Animal Care Technician

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/16/2020 7:42 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Laboratory Animal Research Center
Advertised Salary
$10 per hour


Perform husbandry and care functions for research animals, while carefully following facility standard operating procedures with minimal supervision.
Part Time On-Campus, ACA Variable - 10-29 hrs a week. US Work Authorization is REQUIRED. 


  1. Provide coverage of the duties of laboratory animal caretakers/cagewash staff as needed. 
  2. Provide feed, water, clean cages, and enrichment devices for conventional, BSL-2and BSL-3 animals in a safe and sanitary manner.
  3. Physically handle, restrain and move animals without injuring the animals or endangering themselves.
  4. Maintain experimental integrity when moving animals and cages.
  5. Observe, record, and report common signs of clinical illness and/or irregularities in laboratory animals such as: variations in dietary habits, water consumption, abnormal feces or urine, unusual behaviors, etc.
  6. Report concerns regarding animal health or welfare to the facility veterinarian.
  7. Mark animal cages using appropriate identification methods.
  8. Record animal inventory accurately.
  9. Check and record animal room environmental parameters including temperature, humidity, room air pressure, and light cycles and inform supervisor of changes which are out of normal ranges
  10. Complete records for animal husbandry, supply inventory and sanitation procedures accurately.
  11. Verify and replenish room supplies for each animal species.
  12. Work with hazardous agents (chemical, radiological and BSL-2 and BSL-3 bio hazards) in animals.
  13. Assist other animal caretakers.
  14. Inform supervisor of animal or facility problems.
  15. Recognize and understand the consequences of not performing or following facility procedures appropriately such as: causing the death of an animal, invalidating research data, loss of research funding and/or infection, and contamination of self and others.

Independently perform custodial/maintenance tasks to research facility and equipment to maintain accreditation standards.

  1. Perform facility sanitation procedures (sweeping, mopping and disinfecting) which include handling and mixing of chemicals.
  2. Assemble research equipment.
  3. Operate cage washing and sterilizing machines.
  4. Decontaminate BSL-2 and BSL-3 hazardous material following facility guidelines by autoclaving
  5. Lift and move bags of feed and bedding (50 lb.) and other supplies.
  6. Transport animals, cages, and equipment to and from satellite facilities using university vehicles.
  7. Assist washroom personnel.
  8. Wash lab clothing.

*** Rotating Weekend and Holiday Work is Required.

Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.


Knowledge Required:

  1. High School Diploma or equivalent.
    One of the following:
        a. Associates degree in life sciences field
        b. 2 years experience with laboratory animals or related experience
  2. Achieve Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification from AALAS within 1 year of beginning employment.
  3. Able and willing to learn Federal regulations and policies pertaining to laboratory animals.
  4. Able and willing to learn principles and practices of Laboratory Animal Science.
  5. Able and willing to attend required personal hygiene and personal safety training on an annual basis for certification
  6. Able and willing to work with hazardous / toxic, radioactive and BSL-2 hazardous agents after attending appropriate training on an annual basis for certification.
  7. Able and willing to operate washing and sterilizing equipment after training

Ability Required:

  1. Able to communicate, understand and follow instructions and facility guidelines in English.
  2. One year experience working with animals in a research facility, veterinary clinic, or equivalent experience.
  3. Hepatitis B and tetanus vaccination required ; other vaccinations may also be required.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1.  Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV” 

2.  Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$10 per hour


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The primary goal of the LARC is to provide animal care which exceeds minimum standards that have been established for laboratory animals. Animal care within the Center is in accordance with “The Animal Welfare Act”, PHS “Policy on Humane Care and Use of Animals” and DHEW “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”. All laboratory animals used in research on campus are housed in this facility or the satellite facility in the Biotechnology Center. 


The LARC facilities have over 12,000 square feet of floor space consisting of:

  • 20 animal holding rooms
  • office
  • classroom
  • quarantine
  • storage
  • laundry
  • restroom
  • mechanical rooms
  • two procedure rooms
  • two laboratories
  • Biological Safety Level 3 suite
  • separate ventilation system



University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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