Animal Cage Wash Technician

Position Details

Position Information

Title Animal Cage Wash Technician
Department University Animal Care (9005)
Location University of Arizona Health Sciences
Position Summary

The University Animal Care is searching for an Animal Cage Wash Technician. This is the first in a series of seven classifications. This position is responsible for processing clean and dirty caging and operating Cage Wash related equipment. Incumbents are generally assigned to a specific Cage Wash location. Duties include assembling clean caging, processing dirty caging, cleaning and stocking, preparing caging for autoclaving, and doing facility laundry. The work schedule includes participating in the holiday Cage Wash rotation and may include compensated overtime.

University Animal Care (UAC) manages multiple centralized animal facilities at the University of Arizona and oversees the campus wide animal care and use program. UAC provides assistance to scientists, physicians, staff, and students who have received Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval to perform research, testing, or educational studies on animal subjects. UAC ensures humane and appropriate animal care and use by providing for the animals daily needs, veterinary care, and monitoring the use of the animals by principal investigators, technical personnel, and students. UAC is devoted to maintaining a safe environment that minimizes the risk of disease or injury to the animals and the personnel who work with them. UAC maintains accreditation by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), the gold standard for animal care and use programs.

With more than $622 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #23 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #6 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

*Process dirty caging
*Unload cage washers and process clean caging
*Unloads wash racks
*Stack and store equipment
*Assemble cages and fill cage orders
*Prepare cage set-ups for autoclaving
*Clean auto-water racks utilizing flush station
*Stock and maintain clean cages directly accessible by investigators
*Maintain stock of bedding and supplies for area
*Assist in the processing of facility laundry
*Clean cage wash areas and storage rooms
*Assist with disposal of facility trash
*Participate in the holiday rotation in assigned area
*May receive training in Cage Wash areas at other facilities
*Additional duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Able to communicate in a professional, positive and helpful manner with coworkers, management and research community
Able to lift up to 50 lbs several times throughout the day and work in an environment that requires continuous bending, stooping, twisting and turning
Able to maneuver large cages and cage racks within the facility, which are on wheels and can weigh well over 150 lbs

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Upon employment:
    • Complete required UA background check
    • Complete Risk Assessment Questionnaire and evaluation by Occupational Health
    • Receive vaccinations as deemed necessary
    • Be fitted with the proper personal protection equipment, which requires having minimal facial hair.
Preferred Qualifications
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
FLSA Non-Exempt
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S24540
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

David White

Open Date 02/05/2018
Review Start Date 02/12/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicant
Quick Link for Internal Postings
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a high school diploma or GED?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents