Classification and Compensation
IOWA STATE BOARD OF REGENTS
REGENTS MERIT SYSTEM
Pay Grade: 207
General Class Description
Under general supervision, handles, feeds, and cares for animals and animal facilities in compliance with federal, state, and/or university regulations. Provides functional supervision to other employees as required.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
- Performs all the duties and responsibilities of Animal Caretaker I.
- Performs or assists investigators in technical work of-obtaining tissue, milk, blood, urine and stool samples.
- Performs treatments as directed by supervisor or veterinary staff. Euthanizes animals, as directed.
- Maintains breeding colonies, herds, or flocks including mating of animals and care of young.
- Follows approved SOP for processing incoming animals of each species.
- Maintains inventories and notifies supervisor of supply needs.
- Trains, instructs or supervises research staff, Animal Caretaker I's, laborers, and students as directed.
- In agricultural setting, may milk, dehorn, implant, castrate and inseminate animals. May also maintain farm equipment.
- In animal facility, sets-up, uses, and maintains specialized laboratory equipment and/or completes USDA forms for procurement of animals as required.
- Prepare animals for shipping from the university, including shipping container preparation and record keeping.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of standard operating procedures for laboratory animal care or livestock care, as applicable.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and/or university regulations regarding animal care and use in research and teaching.
- Knowledge of disease transmission, prevention, and control in animals.
- Knowledge of reproductive characteristics and behavior in the species.
- Skill in maintaining accurate records.
- Skill in administering medication and obtaining biological samples.
- Skill in construction and maintenance of related equipment and facilities.
- Ability to train and direct the work of other employees.
- Ability to understand, communicate, and execute oral and written instructions.
- Ability to recognize changes in conditions of animals and animal room environment, malfunctioning equipment, and unsafe conditions.
- Ability to lift and/or move 50-100 pounds.
- Ability to perform physical labor such as restraining animals, loading and unloading supplies and animals, and standing for prolonged periods of time.
- Ability to work around noise, dust, odors, fumes, and extremes in temperature.
- Ability to read, write, and follow instructions.
- Two years experience and/or education in animal care work, or demonstrated ability in the required skills, or American Association of Laboratory Animal Science full certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician with a minimum of one year applicable work experience.
- Possession of a valid state or commercial driver's license, as required.