UC Davis Davis, CA, USA
Oct 10, 2017Full time
Job Summary: Under supervision of the Animal Resources Supervisor, provide animal care and husbandry duties with responsibilities ranging from but not limited to feeding non-human primates according to prescribed diets; cleaning, hosing, raking, shoveling, recording health observations, implementing and supporting enrichment protocols related to the care and welfare of non-human primates; and providing technical assistance. Provide pairing and unpairing, check watering devices, squeegee and mop. Employee required to work with animals that are infected with the HIV/SIV virus. Physical Demands: -Lift and move equipment and animals that may weigh up to 70 lbs. -Capture and prolonged restraint of non-immobilized animals that may weigh up to 35 pounds. -Lift and move bags of chow weighing at 25 lbs. -Push rolling cages that may weigh from 250-600 pounds. -Often squat, kneel, bend, stoop or stand. -Ability to handle laboratory animals in a manner that avoids injury to self or animals. -Work may require the wearing of protective clothing for extended periods of time including: Gown, Tyvek coveralls, gloves, masks, face shields, goggles, sleeves and head covers. Work Environment: -Measles vaccination or proof of illness required. TB test or chest x-ray, measles vaccination or proof of illness is required prior to employment and annually thereafter. -This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy. -Work weekends and holidays and on call shifts. Frequently work overtime including weekends and holidays. Schedule is subject to change with only 12-24 hours notification. -Perform assigned duties in a BioSafety Level (BSL) 2 or 3 facility where non-humans primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous diseases such as HIV, SIV, or Herpes B virus. -California National Primate Research Center employees are directly or indirectly engaged in the performance of work on Federal or State contracts and grants as well as periodically come into contact with controlled substances; and are expected to abide by the UC Policy on Substance Abuse, the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the State Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990. -UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space. Background Check Required: This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks. Yes Qualifications Minimum Qualifications: -Animal husbandry experience working with animals, primate husbandry and/or nursery experience. -Experience working with macaques, ranging from infants weighing less than 1 pound to adults weighing up to 30 pounds, safely and in a manner that promotes animal welfare. -Experience performing all aspects of primate care including feeding, detailed cleaning/maintenance, infection control, health observations, weighing, handling and physical restraint. -Skill to recognize changes in animal physical appearance and behavior, exercise good judgment regarding animal health, alert to the condition of the animals, and to make the appropriate judgment to determine when an animal requires veterinary attention. -Knowledge and understanding of biohazard containment procedures for performance in BSL 1, and 2 facilities. Preferred Qualifications: -Experience using basic principles of animal health care related to disease control, sanitation and environmental enrichment. -Interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. -Skills to perform assigned duties working with animals infected with HIV/SIV virus and can perform job duties in BSL 2 or 3 facilities where non human primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially infectious agents such as HIV, SIV, or Herpes B virus. -Basic computer skills and applications to upload data, survey animal demographics, print barcode labels, and operate hand held two-way radios. -Skills to adhere to Standard Operating Procedures to record data in compliance with Good Laboratory Practices with strict attention to detail, follow oral and written directions. -Skills to follow learn and follow emergency response protocols and location, and to follow oral and written instructions given by shift supervisors, managers, and/or faculty/researchers.