Research Technician - Animal Resource Center

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  • Job Number:522102
  • Classification:Research Technician 2
  • Grade:Grade 76
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF VCR Development Programs & Proj
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

We are seeking an animal care technician to join the UAF Animal Resources Center. This position will be almost exclusively at the UAF Large Animal Research Station (LARS) with work focused on animal care and welfare, farm operations and maintenance, and operation of facility tours and a gift shop open to the general public. Successful candidate will work closely with the veterinary service team and with faculty, staff, and students conducting approved procedures for research and teaching. This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. This position requires a valid Alaska driver's license or the ability to obtain one..

Duties:

1-50Animal Care/Welfare Management: Responsible for implementing the Animal Welfare Act requirement for daily observations of each animal. Participate and direct students employees in the daily handling, training, habituation, observations, and health care of animals used in teaching and research at LARS. Record on a daily basis animal management data and promptly present the recording of animal status to other Animal Research Center (ARC) staff and the attending veterinarian. Provide husbandry and management of animal colonies including: provide clean bedding, water and feed, decontaminate potentially hazardous animal waste, complete proper disposal of biological waste, animal waste, and bedding, clean animal areas and other husbandry equipment, and clean animal pens. Clean and maintain pharmacy/lab space, procedure rooms, and washroom. Help maintain animal census and animal records. Provide support services, data collection, as assigned, for active research and teaching protocols at the Large Animal Research Station (LARS). Collect soil, water, and forage samples, and analyze reports.Essential
25Farm Operations Management: Work with other staff and students to keep all fences in good condition, and ensure integrity of perimeter fence around the 134-acre station. Participate in design and construction of new animal pens, feeders, and watering sites.Essential
3-15Grazing and Pasture Management: Help with design and implementation of invasive plant management plans. This will include: -Planning for pasture rotation, determining which specific animal groups will be placed in particular pens, and when and how to time grazing. -Work with other staff to ensure timely movements of animals.Essential
4-10Operation of LARS gift shop/store and tours to the general public: Give winter and summer tours of LARS to general public. Direct seasonal tour guides and gift shop staff in assigned duties. Check and maintain inventory in gift shop/store. Run Register and perform end of day closeouts and deposits. Fill and ship online store orders.Essential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • Expert knowledge in basic animal science and the use of animals in research and teaching. Specifically, care and handling of non-traditional livestock or wildlife species.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with large animals patiently and confidently to ensure safety and animal welfare; perceive changes in animal condition and respond appropriately according to established guidelines.
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry, management, behavior, nutrition, health, facility design/configuration.
  • Skills in operating medium and heavy duty tractor and a variety of agricultural implements, snow blower, power tools and shop equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor, staff, students, UAF veterinary staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent organizational and administrative skills, managerial prioritization, time management, and instructional skills.
  • Knowledge of humane and ethical treatment of animals used in research and education.
  • Ability to clearly understand, interpret, apply and explain complex policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Accurate attention to detail in record keeping.
  • Knowledge of basic operation of a small retail store and providing education and outreach to the public.
  • Ability to interpret data results for reporting.
Typical Experience:
  • One year of college coursework in a field relevant to the research and one year experience in a field relevant to the research or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Possess valid driver's license. Completion of IACUC/Safety training is required within the first week of employment.
  • At least one year of experience with animal husbandry and management; biological research or monitoring under field conditions. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, pull and push carts/bulk trucks with weights up to 1200 lbs with assistance; perform repetitive movements daily that include lifting, bending, twisting, standing, and stooping for the majority of the workday.
  • Prior experience working in a retail store environment and working with the public.
Required Education or Training:
  • One year of college coursework in a field relevant to the research and one year experience in a field relevant to the research or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Possess valid driver's license. Completion of IACUC/Safety training is required within the first week of employment.
  • At least one year of experience with animal husbandry and management; biological research or monitoring under field conditions. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, pull and push carts/bulk trucks with weights up to 1200 lbs with assistance; perform repetitive movements daily that include lifting, bending, twisting, standing, and stooping for the majority of the workday.
  • Prior experience working in a retail store environment and working with the public.
Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, non-exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 76, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will be begin on November 04, 2022. 

UAF COVID REQUIREMENTS:

At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha’ campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Kenna Metivier, HR Coordinator, UAF Signers’ Business Office, at kjmetivier@alaska.edu or (907) 474-1847.

 

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