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Assistant Animal Technician

at University of California San Francisco

Posted: 10/17/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2863829
Keywords: animal, animal care

Job Description

Job Code and Payroll Title
9526 Assistant Animal Technician

Job Summary
The Assistant Animal Technician (AAT) is an entry level position, wherein the individual provides facility support services including operation of equipment (i.e. autoclaves, cage-washers, water dispensers) and cleaning regimens (cages, racks, and storage areas) and learns to care for animals as required by applicable laws and regulations. Duties include cleaning cages, racks, and cage accessories, loading tunnel or rack washers, filling cages with bedding, proper disposal of waste, tracking equipment inventory, operation of autoclaves and other facility related equipment.

The AAT may participate in on-the-job training programs to learn about proper care and handling of research animals including delivering food and water in accordance to established procedures, maintaining equipment and animal housing areas according to standard operating procedures and federal and state regulations. Perform record keeping duties such as per-diems records, feed logs, temperature / humidity charts, animal receipt and disposition logs, perform computer related duties /assignments.

The job involves the ability to bend, squat, kneel, stand, reach above shoulder level, and move on hard surface for up to 7 hours / day; push and pull heavy objects and ability to safely move and / or lift heavy loads.

The Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC) supports the research programs of the faculty by providing all services associated with the care and use of laboratory animals including the purchasing / receiving, daily care and monitoring of the health of all species.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.


Req Number

All UCSF and affiliate Animal housing locations

Job Title
Assistant Animal Technician

Appointment Type


Shift Length
8 Hours


Work Days
Monday - Friday, 6:00 am – 3:00 pm

Required Qualifications
• Graduation from high school; or an equivalent combination of education and experience and knowledge and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position. Work experience evidencing reliability and the capacity to learn and assume responsibility for the routine animal care taking functions may be substituted for high school education, on the basis of one year of work experience for one year of education
• Ability to learn feeding, caging, and space requirements for all species for laboratory animals
• Comprehend written orders and agency regulations
• Work weekends and holidays, work occasional and variable hours / day as assigned
• Flexibility to rotate as needed to all Vivariums; assume other job-related functions, and to work under different supervisors
• Required attendance at animal technician training classes at department’s discretion
• No smoking, eating or drinking in animal areas

Note: Physical/health screening required.

Preferred Qualifications
• Learn federal and other licensing agencies’ regulations
• Skill to distinguish between sick and normal animals, normal and abnormal behavior
• Prior animal handling experience


Position Type
Full Time

Department Name
Laboratory Animal Resource Center

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.