Casual Animal Care Technician
- Posted by: Queens University
- Closing Date: May 26, 2022
- City: Kingston
- Rate of Pay: Hourly
- Positions Available: 3
- Type: Part Time
- Duration: Casual
- Avg. Hours/Week: 13.5
- Schedule: Shift
- Education: College
Status: Casual Appointment (up to 13.5 hours per week)
Hourly Rate: $18.77/hour + 4% vacation pay ($19.52) /hour
Shifts: Scheduled days on weekends and statutory holidays.
Queen's University is home to a state-of-the-art animal facility, with housing and care that exceed the requirements of the Canadian Council on Animal Care. The Animal Care Services Department at Queen’s University is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies for a Casual Animal Care Technician.
Reporting to the Associate Director, Animal Care Services, the incumbent will work a rotational weekend and holiday schedule in the Animal Care quarters.
• Provide daily care and feeding for the laboratory animals.
• Prepare and dispense the correct diet for specific species according to the animal’s biological needs, using scales, volumetric devices and including sterilization procedure.
• Recognize deviations from normal animal health and behaviour, reporting any abnormalities to Veterinary Services.
• Accurately identify, handle, and restrain animals within the facility.
• Handling and providing for the needs of special husbandry cases:
o Sterile environment
• Lifting heavy animals and equipment e.g. bags of food, paper, cleaning fluids, caging.
• Providing animal treatments under veterinary guidance.
• Putting enrichment devices in or on cages as prescribed.
• Additional daily tasks may include:
o laundering of scrubs and gowns
o stocking supplies (feed, bedding etc.)
o taking out garbage
o cleaning and general cosmetic care of animal rooms
• Reporting any apparent problems with the caging or the rooms within the facility to the Associate Director, Animal Care Services.
• Must be aware of the basic principles of sterility, quarantining, conditioning, and epidemiological control.
• All work is completed following facility standard operating procedures.
• These skills are applied to the husbandry of common laboratory animals.
• Secondary school diploma and at least 1 year of post-secondary education in a related field.
• The incumbent must have a patient, humane, and caring attitude towards all animals, combined with the strength and knowledge to handle them successfully.
• The incumbent must be aware of the basic principles of sterility, quarantining, conditioning and epidemiological control.
• Commitment to be at work on-time for each shift.
• Strong communications skills are required (speak, read, and write in English).
• Ability to work independently and in a group as a member of the Animal Care Services team.
• Physically capable of performing the duties listed above.
• Knowledge of the Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC), the Canadian Association for Laboratory Science (CALAS), the Animals for Research Act and the University Animal Care Committee is an asset.