General Summary: Responsible for providing a clean and sterilized living environment for research animals.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities: • Operate mechanical cage washing equipment, autoclaves and other sanitizing equipment. • Maintain adequate levels of cage wash chemicals. • Scrape and empty pans and cages of soiled bedding. • Preclean large animal cages for cage wash machinery. • Prepare clean rodent cages for autoclaving to include food, bedding, water bottles and appropriate covering. • Load assembled cages onto transport racks in preparation for sterilization by steam autoclave. • Load, operate and unload steam autoclaves. • Place processed bedding, feed and other related items into assembled, sanitized cages. • Maintain detailed records of maintenance schedules, detergent and disinfectant use, cage washer and autoclave performance tests. • Perform preventative maintenance and minor repairs on autoclaves and cage washers. • Dispose of waste materials. • Sweep, mop and disinfect cage wash area at the end of each shift and take all trash to the dumpster. • Receive and stock feed and bedding in the storage area. • Perform additional cleaning and maintenance in preparation for inspections or as required. • Observe all safety policies and procedures and use equipment and chemical treatments properly to avoid harming animals, self, others and damaging property.
Minimum Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED Preferred
Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities / Competencies: • Ability to understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions. • Ability to read and write to maintain records, read instructions, labels, etc. • Ability to understand and follow safety practices. • Ability to interact and work with faculty, students, staff, and visitors in a respectful and courteous manner. • Ability to work under environmental conditions that require the use of safety equipment. • Able to lift 10lbs. of bedding, 25lb bags of feed, operate cage washer, tunnel washer, sterilizer, and cage prep. • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.
Classified Title: Animal Cage Washer Working Title: Animal Cage Washer Role/Level/Range: USKILLD4/01/BU Starting Salary Range: $14.20 per hour, increases to $17.39 after 12 months Employee group: Casual status with full-time schedule during 90 day probationary period. 40 hour work week from start date. Schedule: M-F 8:30am- 4:30pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002956-SOM Onc Animal Research Services Personnel area: School of Medicine
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