Part-time Animal Care Technician needed to start in fall or winter 2021 with potential for full-time work in summer 2022
Background: The USGS National Wildlife Health Center focuses on research, epidemiology, and surveillance for high consequence wildlife diseases. As such, we aim to understand the ecology of diseases in their native hosts and to develop solutions to better manage wildlife diseases in the environment. This position is part of our animal services team, which provides humane care and handling of laboratory and wild-caught animals used in wildlife disease research and maintains our animal experimentation facility. Some example research projects planned for 2021-2022 include development of vaccines for white-nose syndrome (bats), toxicity of common pesticides and toxins produced by harmful algal blooms (finches and ducks), susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 (bats), pathogen characterization of emerging diseases, and others.
Job duties: The Animal Services Team seeks a recent graduate or students in their last year of study who can work part-time with the potential for full-time work in the summer of 2022 (dependent on funding). The technician will be tasked to provide basic animal husbandry, sanitation and monitoring for a wide variety of domestic and wild-caught animals. As part of animal husbandry, the technician may encounter noxious odors, animal dander and waste, and infectious agents capable of producing disease in animals and humans. In addition to husbandry, the technician will also assist with the cleaning and disinfection of animal rooms, cages, food containers and other equipment, including the use of abrasive and potentially hazardous chemicals. Lastly, the technician is required to follow biosafety level 2 or 3 recommendations, including clothing changes and showers, personal protective equipment, and work flows designed to minimize cross contamination or accidental exposures of employees and research animals to pathogens. The technician is expected to work three or four 4 hr-shifts per week ($16.26/hr). Regular weekend and Holiday shifts are expected. There may be opportunities to pick up additional animal care hours (dependent on funding) or other tasks at the Center such as dishwashing, media prep, data entry, etc. Successful applicants must be a current student or have graduated within 12 months and can be appointed for up to two years.
Work requirements: The technician will need a background in sciences and previous work experience in animal care is required. Previous experience working with a rodent breeding colony, husbandry of wildlife, or in a biological containment facility is desirable. The technician will need to complete a medical evaluation and participate in the NWHC occupational health and safety program, including rabies vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination is also required for all federal employees and contractors. Both vaccines may be provided at no cost to you. The technician must be able to lift at least 40 lb. The technician will need reliable transportation. The ideal applicant is comfortable working independently but works well as part of a team.
Interested in joining our team? Please send your resume to Lauren Dycee-Holtz (email@example.com)