Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$19.95 - $21.98 / Hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hrs/day, Sunday - Saturday

#110113 Animal Technician

Extended Deadline: Fri 10/1/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 6/23/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 7/23/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until all positions are filled.


Under direction of ACP Animal Resources Supervisor, employee will be responsible for physical environment for group of assigned laboratory animals. Perform routine animal health-related tasks.

Perform basic animal husbandry, cage washing, and assist with rodent colony maintenance (breeding, weaning, etc.). Operate computer, maintain records on animal deliveries, print and maintain all cage identification.

~ Must be able to work overtime, weekends and holidays. Must be flexible to adjust work schedule as needed.


  • Ability to use and understand basic medical terminology, and to be sensitive to the needs of caged laboratory animals. Skill to recognize normal and abnormal body functions in a variety of laboratory animals.

  • Demonstrated skill in clinical diagnostic lab specimen collection techniques, and ability to administer medication to laboratory animals: oral, topical, injectable.

  • Working knowledge of laws and regulations that govern housing and management of lab animals. Knowledge of humane methods of euthanasia in laboratory animals. Ability to perform euthanasia as directed.

  • Proven skill to operate and maintain mechanical equipment, autoclave, cagewasher, vehicle, janitorial equipment (i.e. floor scrubber). Ability to learn and apply principles of sanitizing and disinfecting.

  • Manual dexterity and ability to write legibly and use metric system. Ability to operate a computer and telephone.

  • Ability to follow direction, to be thorough performing assigned tasks, to organize work, and flexibility to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying work loads.

  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people, and to exercise diplomacy and flexibility interacting with a diverse and multi-national scientific staff.


  • Work in biohazard and radioactive areas. Wear protective clothing and equipment.

  • Position contingent upon satisfactory background check and pre-employment physical examination clearance.

  • Must be able to work overtime, weekends and holidays. Must be flexible to adjust work schedule as needed.

  • A valid California driver's license.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted UC San Diego Campus hiring. UCSD Campus will continue to recruit for essential positions and we ask for your understanding and patience with our application process during this unprecedented time. For more information regarding steps we are taking to keep applicants and staff safe during this time, please view: Additional information about UC San Diego’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: and

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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