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Laboratory Animal Attendant

Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Job Description:

Apply for JobJob ID352355
LocationTwin Cities
Job FamilyLR-Service/Maintenance/Labor
Full/Part TimeFull-Time
Job Code6062
Employee ClassTeamsters Local 320
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Job Description
Laboratory Animal Attendant
Job Family: LR-Service/Maintenance/Labor
Job Code: 6062
Employee Class: Teamsters Local 320

*This position is governed by the Minnesota Teamsters Public and Law Enforcement Union Employees Union Local 320.*Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

About the Job
This is a bargaining unit position responsible for the care of laboratory animals in accordance with applicable safety, sanitation and research requirements.
Ongoing tasks may include the following:
* Feed, care, and observe physical condition of mice, rats, and other lab animals for signs of disease or illness. Must follow strict protocols and instructions written or orally presented in English.
* Operate cage and bottle washers, autoclaves, and bedding dispensing/disposal equipment. Move/lift heavy equipment/animals.
* Maintain appropriate room, animal receipt and other records.
* Participate in and perform euthanasia of small animals.
* Order and store feed and supplies.
* Clean and sanitize equipment, rooms, and facilities.
* Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

The normal work schedule for this position is weekdays, Monday through Friday, 6:00 am - 2:30 pm. Occasional weekend work and work on holidays will be required when scheduled, and is eligible for overtime and holiday pay.

Some work assignments will involve exposure to animal allergens, high levels of noise, and/or disinfectants and sanitizing agents. To protect employees, the University of Minnesota may ask that you wear personal protection equipment, some of which may require medical monitoring and fitness testing. All required protective equipment, testing and medical evaluations will be provided by the University.

All offers of employment for this position will be conditioned on the completion of a medical questionnaire, evidence of current tetanus immunization prior to start date, and/or a fitness for duty examination to ensure the applicant's ability to work in an environment that may present occupational health and safety hazards associated with work.
RAR recognizes the importance of providing staff career advancement opportunities when they are available. Promotion is a formal process that takes into account an employee's experience, attendance, passion to learn and grow, and their performance. An example of a promotional track within RAR includes the following advancement opportunities:1. Laboratory Attendant (LA) - primarily focuses on cage washing and cage building2. Laboratory Animal Attendance (LAA) - primarily focuses on cage changeouts and animal health checks3. Laboratory Animal Care Technician (LACT) - primarily focuses on animal welfare duties and requests*If an applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications of the position for which they've applied, the hiring committee may recommend them for a position that better aligns with their experience.*Advancement opportunities may vary based on business need and candidate performance.

Required Qualifications:
* Must be able to lift/push 50 pounds.
* Must be able to understand and follow written and oral instruction in English.
* Must be able to work an early schedule, Monday through Friday 6:00 am - 2:30 pm. Must have availability to work occasional weekends and holidays.

Preferred Qualifications:
* High school graduate or GED.
* Three (3) months of education related to laboratory animals, or three (3) months experience with laboratory animals, or three (3) months experience caring for, cleaning, feeding, monitoring, and medicating animals.
* Experience with rodents.
About the Department

About the Department
Research Animal Resources (RAR) provides the University of Minnesota research community with animal care, procurement services, veterinary knowledge, and maintenance of housing facilities for animal-related research activities. The position of Laboratory Animal Attendant is union represented, and is part of a staff of over 100 employees including Professional and Administrative staff, Civil Service staff, Union Represented members, and student employees, all working in support of this mission. RAR has a daily census of 24,000 rodent cages in 20 buildings split into 7 geographic teams around the Minneapolis and St. Paul Campus.

Working at the UniversityAt the University of Minnesota, you'll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the for more information regarding benefits.
    How To Apply

    Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:
    Employment Requirements

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
    About the U of M

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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