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Senior Animal Technician (9524U) - 23776
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 14, 2021
Title Senior Animal Technician (9524U) - 23776
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Agriculture/Animal Care

Senior Animal Technician (9524U) - 23776

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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 o laboratory animals; the cleaning of cages/enclosures, related ancillary equipment; and the maintenance of animal care areas on the UC Berkeley campus.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 27, 2021


  • 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.
  • Restrain animals using the proper technique for each species for technical procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor including para-veterinary duties and perform duties of area lead technician in their absence when assigned.
  • Assist in withdrawal of necessary food and supplies for the area and feed commercially prepared special diets to animals as instructed.
  • Assist in receiving, identifying, tagging and labeling of new animals.
  • Assist in providing special care for sick or experimentally infected animals as required.
  • Assist the area supervisor with all record keeping of each animal received including required federal forms, health charts, I.D. numbers, and release forms.
  • Perform euthanasia on rodents under the direction of the Veterinarian Staff.

  • 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.

  • Promptly inform the work leader/supervisor of the need for additional equipment, protective clothing, occupational health information, or training for personnel assigned to the facility.
  • Maintain an organized and clean work environment including but not limited to: animal rooms, common areas such as corridors, cage wash rooms, procedure rooms, anterooms, storage areas and grounds.
  • Communicate facility and equipment renovation and/or repair needs to the work leader/supervisor.

  • 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.
  • Working knowledge of animal husbandry procedures sufficient to care for laboratory animals in an experimental environment attested by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science at the ALAT level or higher.
  • Working knowledge of habits and appearances of laboratory animals sufficient to notice deviations from normal.
  • Knowledge of cleaning and sanitizing materials and techniques sufficient to maintain a healthful environment.
  • Skill in handling a variety of animals in a variety of situations sufficient to prevent injury or distress to the animal or self.
  • Skill in reading English and numbers to be able to follow instructions, maintain records and identify specific animals.
  • Basic computer skills to enter animal health reports in departmental data base.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the following guidelines and regulations: The Guide, PHS Policy, and AWA.
  • Applies knowledge of individual facility SOPs to ensure that they are being properly implemented.
  • 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 euthanize rodents via CO2.
  • Knowledge of appropriate labeling and disposal of carcasses.
  • Ability to communicate professionally using proper terminology with individuals at varied levels throughout the University.

  • Graduation from high school, completion of training equivalent to the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification of the AALAS, and one year of animal care experience; or high school graduation and two years of animal care experience in the care of an animal species appropriate to the particular job; 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.

Licenses or certifications required, if any:
  • Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification from AALAS (or reasonably expects to obtain the certification within 12 months of employment).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience.

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.

Other Information

We are hiring for 3 full-time, career positions.

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Technical Unit (TX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

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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