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Animal Technician (9525C) 1739 - 1739
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Animal Technician (9525C) 1739 - 1739
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Agricultural - General

Animal Technician (9525C) 1739 - 1739

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 8, 2019.

Departmental Overview

The Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC) is responsible for managing a centralized program of animal care and use on the UC Berkeley campus. The department consists of veterinary, administrative and animal husbandry personnel.


Under close supervision, Animal Technicians will perform routine animal husbandry tasks to include the cleaning, feeding, and watering of laboratory animals; the cleaning of cages/enclosures, related ancillary equipment; and the maintenance of animal care areas on the UC Berkeley campus.

  • Operate a cage washer for cleaning and sanitizing animal cages and cage supplies through automatic and manual processes.
  • Operate sterilizer machine in order to sterilize caging equipment for the animals.
  • Dispose of animal refuse and soiled bedding properly.
  • Clean and maintain animal care areas by scrubbing down the ceilings, walls, and floors at prescribed intervals following departmental procedures.

  • Perform routine animal husbandry tasks including cleaning, watering, feeding, and grooming of laboratory animals pre recommended guidelines and regulations.
  • Clean and repair cages/enclosures and related ancillary equipment following departmental procedures.
  • Observe animal daily. Report health concerns or abnormalities to the Veterinary staff promptly.
  • Complete all required documentation completely and contemporaneously.
  • Maintain documentation, reports, and logs including: animal identification cards and inventory records, room environment reports, environmental enrichment logs, and cage washing and/or autoclaving logs.
  • Perform other duties as requested or assigned by supervisor.
  • Perform euthanasia on rodents under the direction of the Veterinarian Staff.

  • Attend and participate in on-the-job and classroom training sessions.
  • Complete all assigned computer based safety and professional development training by predetermined due dates.
  • Communicate procedural questions and self-identified training deficiencies to supervisor and training staff.
  • Provide procedural mentoring to other staff as instructed by supervisor.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of hygienic principles and basic animal husbandry.
  • Applies specialized knowledge of animal husbandry procedures to ensure that research animals are being cared for in accordance with NIH, OSHA, USDA, and AWA guidelines and regulations.
  • Applies knowledge of individual facility SOPs to ensure that they are being properly implemented.
  • Skill in providing humane care and maintenance to several species of animals and providing proper restraint for several species of animals.
  • Skill in reading English and numbers to be able to follow instructions, maintain records and identify specific animals.
  • Ability to work in an animal research environment which requires continuous contact with animals.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pound bags of feed, bedding or animals. Ability to push up to 300-pound cage racks.
  • Ability to understand established guidelines for humane care and welfare of laboratory animals as described by Guide for The Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.
  • Ability to euthanize rats and mice using CO2 chambers. Must be able to follow the procedures for euthanasia including the use of the CO2 chamber, as well as be able to ascertain that death has occurred. Knowledge of appropriate labeling and disposal of the animals euthanized, including bio-hazardous animals.
  • Basic computer skills to enter animal health reports in departmental data base.

Graduation from high school; or an equivalent combination of education and experience and knowledge's and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position. In all of the above Minimum Qualifications, work experience evidencing reliability and the capacity to learn and assume responsibility for the routine animal caretaking functions may be substituted for high school education, on the basis of one year of work experience for one year of education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply the concept of contamination control practices including engineering, administrative, and procedural controls for the containment of pathogens, including disinfection, and waste handling methods appropriate for work in bio-containment animal facilities up to BSL2 level with BSL3 practices.
  • Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification from AALAS

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California 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, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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