Laboratory Animal Attendant
Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul
Posted on: September 21, 2023
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Employee ClassTeamsters Local 320
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About the Job
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
* Operate cage and bottle washers, autoclaves, and bedding
dispensing/disposal equipment. Move/lift heavy
* 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
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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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
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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
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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:
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
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
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