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Asst. Vivarium Manager

Richmond

Asst. Vivarium Manager

  • req2968
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • Animal Care Facility
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
Summary:

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We combine learning, research, creativity, service and discovery with a commitment to inclusive excellence. Ranked by U.S. News as one of the 30 “most innovative” public universities in the country, VCU is a premier, urban, public research university home to multiple nationally ranked programs.

Here, your success is supported and your career can thrive.VCU offers a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay and mission-driven work. We advance a conscientious drive to support a climate where excellence and success for all people are valued and differences are celebrated.

Together, we can be unstoppable!

Office of Research & Innovation, Division of Animal Resources invites applicants to apply for an outstanding opportunity to join our team as an Assistant Vivarium Manager. The Assistant Vivarium Manager is a member of the Division of Animal Resources (DAR) team and provides direct support to the vivarium manager, veterinarians, principal investigators, and research staff in animal research. This position is a Monday-Friday position, some weekend and holiday work are required.

Assistant Vivarium Manager duties include:
  • Conduct accurate observations and reporting of animal health and cage elements for multiple species housed within DAR vivarium (food, water, and bedding).
  • Provide basic animal husbandry (i.e., cage, water and food change), cage/animal census, and room/vivarium/cage wash housekeeping activities.
  • Participate in staff training and employee health and safety programs.
  • Follow the VCU Code of conduct to offer a consistently high quality of customer service. - When the Vivarium Manager is not available, will act in their steed.
  • When the Vivarium Manager is not available, will act in their stead. ie;
    Supervise daily activities within the assigned vivarium / vivarium,
    following the applicable federal, state, local and university policies.
    Direct daily activities of animal care technicians ensuring that husbandry
    tasks are completed correctly and in a timely fashion (e.g., receiving
    animals, feeding and watering.


Minimum hiring standards:
  • Ability to follow both oral and written instructions
  • Significant experience working in an animal care facility, either in laboratory or clinic
  • Stand for long periods of time up to one hour to interact with animals, handle animals safely to coexist with animals.
  • Be able to properly handle and apply chemicals safely during room cleaning processes; wear any protective clothing or materials as needed.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must have excellent customer service skills, written and verbal
    communication skills, be proactive in asking questions and seeking
    guidance when needed.
  • Strong problem solving and time management skills are essential,
    including ability to prioritize and manage competing priorities and
    deadlines.
  • Minimum of 3 years working with laboratory animals.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and
    student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.

Preferred Hiring Standards:
  • At least 7 years of service working in a laboratory animal vivarium in
    husbandry role


Typical Licensure:
  • Preferred candidate will have AALAS certification of ALAT or higher


Typical Physical and Cognitive Requirements:
  • Light Lifting (<20>
  • Moderate Lifting (20-50 lbs): Essential
  • Heavy Lifting (>50 lbs): Marginal
  • Pushing/Pulling: Essential
  • Standing: Essential
  • Sitting: Essential
  • Repetitive Motion: Essential
  • Walking: Essential
  • Climbing: Essential
  • Reaching: Essential
  • Bending: Essential

UAP Job Slotting: Asst Vivarium Manager

 

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