Job Description

Payroll Title:
Animal Care Program
Hiring Pay Scale
$22.50 - $25.55/hour
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Sun - Sat

#123372 Senior Animal Cagewash Technician

Filing Deadline: Fri 6/9/2023

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Animal Care Program is one of the largest animal research programs in the University of California system, one of the nation's most accomplished research universities, widely acknowledged for its local impact, national influence and global reach. The animal research program exists as a campus-wide institutional resource that supports animal-based research and training while assuring the humane care and treatment of animals. Animals play a critical role in the research and teaching missions of the University.

Under general supervision, incumbent is primarily responsible to assist CAEP (Center for Automated Equipment Processing) supervisors oversee daily operations of CAEP. Incumbent ensures transport vehicles, drivers, operators, and functioning cage washing machineries are fully inspected and accounted for prior to a production. Incumbent ensures and coordinates inbound and outbound of daily pick up schedules, routes and deliveries, and closely works with vivarium supervisors to ensure and prioritizes of special services requests by area leaders. Will take initiative and troubleshoot unexpected delay of transports. Organize material processing to ensure high quality wash of each and every item, guaranteering safe rerturn/transport of materials to originating facilities. Maintains clear and open communication with both sides of the CAEP (clean & dirty) by use of radio, telephone, and physical signal gestures through glass barrier between the two sides. Incumbent monitors and maintains equipment and inventory. Is ready to troubleshoot errors thrown by machines and initiate calls to FM (Facilities Maintenance) for additional assistance. During production times, will monitor performance and enforce promptness and timeliness of keeping to scheduled breaks and meal periods. At end of shift, will administer and sanitize floors, oversee daily preventative maintenance of all machines, and properly close and shutdown facility. This includes securing all vehicles and security gates of service yard. Incumbent assists in managing departmental vehicles in operations center. Reports to AOC (Animal Operations Center) all vehicles with issues. Provides backup support to LEM (Logistics and Equipment Maintenance) team and area leaders as needed.

May be required to work overtime, weekends and holidays.


  • Knowledge of behavior and care needs of common laboratory animals; Working knowledge of laws and regulations that govern housing and management of lab animals as applied to University of California.

  • Skilled with clinical diagnostic lab specimen collection techniques.Skilled in administration of medications: oral, topical, injectable. Skilled in humane methods of euthanasia in laboratory animals.

  • Demonstrated ability to operate University vehicles safely and legally. Skill to operate and maintain mechanical equipment, autoclaves, cagewashers, vehicles, janitorial equipment such as floor scrubbers.

  • Sensitivity to needs of caged laboratory animals; Skill to recognize normal and abnormal body functions and vital signs in variety of laboratory animals; Ability to use and understand basic medical terminology.

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

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

  • Demonstrated ability to operate PC's (including printers) with skill in Windows, Outlook, Word, Access, and Excel or other software packages used by department.

  • Flexibility to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying work loads. Ability to work weekends, holidays and overtime.

  • Ability to follow detailed directions, be through in performing assigned tasks, and to organize work. Ability to learn and apply principles of sanitizing and disinfecting.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) with diverse population, including ability to effectively write operational policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrated ability and knowledge to train employees in proper procedures and methods involved in caring for animals.

  • Demonstrated ability and skills to organize and process detailed work with changing priorities and frequent interruptions.

  • Ability to independently analyze and interpret governing agency requirements and regulations together with University policies and procedures.


  • Must pass pre-employment physical and background check.

  • Preferred AALAS Certification, ALAT level or higher.

  • Valid California Drivers License.

  • Must wear protective clothing and equipment. Work in areas with biohazardous agents, radioactive isotopes, substantial animal contact.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $46,980 - $60,281 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $22.50 - $28.87

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

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