Job Summary: Completes primarily simple and routine animal caretaking duties; and as requested by Group Leader or their designee, cage wash activities which may occur up to 50% of the time of overall job duties and responsibilities. All actions are completed by strictly and consistently following applicable Center for Comparative Medicine's Standard Operating Procedures (CCM SOPs) including safety procedures and guidelines. Reports any suspected or actual deviations to SOPs or non-routine situations immediately to Group Leader or their designee. Arrives, leaves and takes breaks at work as scheduled. Strictly adheres to CCM attendance policy.
Please note: Must be able to negotiate up to a 65 lb. force (push/pull) on an occasional basis. Lifting is limited to 50 lbs. occasionally and 25 lbs. frequently. Must be able to work a shift schedule that includes working both Saturdays and Sundays, possibly a staggered work schedule, occasional overtime, and holidays as required. Must successfully maintain physical condition that will assure efficient performance of tasks, including successful completion of physical examination. This position requires the individual to be available to work on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses as coverage needs dictate.
Must be enrolled in the university’s occupational health program which entails filling out a health questionnaire. The health questionnaire is submitted to the university’s occupational health provider for review. Must be willing to undergo job related background check.
According to CCM SOPs
Cleans and sterilizes cages, equipment, supplies, rooms (primary and secondary enclosures), etc.
Prepares refused for disposal or incineration.
Changes cages, equipment, supplies, animals and rooms.
Feeds and waters animals according to their prescribed diets.
Observes animals regularly during the day, noting and reporting any variances in eating, drinking or deviation from normal habits, to include obvious health issues with behavior, skin conditions, etc.
Observes, documents, and reports changes in environmental parameters (i.e., temperature, humidity, lighting, etc.).
May conduct census counts.
May administer oral and/or topical medications.
With appropriate training, may euthanize animals.
Assists in organizing feed, bedding and dry supplies in storage facilities.
Houses incoming animals.
Receive and/or delivers animal transfers.
Ensures accuracy of transfer delivery documentation.
May drive van to transfer animals.
Completes cage wash activities and animal caretaking check-lists, logs and documentation accurately and within appropriate time-frames.
Notifies lead if available or management of malfunctioning equipment; may document problem.
Attends CCM sponsored training sessions, species specific identification and treatment sessions; and begins OJT cross training among species, etc.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: (Education and experience)
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required along with a minimum of 3 months cage wash, husbandry or equivalent experience.
Valid state drivers license if driving animal transport van.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35055
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.