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Job Req ID:  46776



General summary/purpose:

Provides clean and sterilized living environment for research animals.


Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Operates mechanical cage washing equipment, autoclaves and other sanitizing equipment.
  • Maintains adequate levels of cage wash chemicals.
  • Scrapes and empties pans and cages of soiled bedding.
  • Pre-cleans large animal cages for cage wash machinery.
  • De-scales rabbit pans.
  • Prepares clean rodent cages for autoclaving to include food, bedding, water bottles and appropriate covering.
  • Loads assembled cages onto transport racks in preparation for sterilization by steam autoclave. Loads, operates and unloads steam autoclaves.
  • Places processed bedding, feed and other related items into assembled, sanitized cages.
  • Maintains detailed records of maintenance schedules, detergent and disinfectant use, cage washer and autoclave performance tests.
  • Performs preventive maintenance and minor repairs on autoclaves and cage washers.
  • Disposes waste materials
  • Sweeps, mops and disinfects cage wash areas at the end of each shift and takes all trash to dumpster.
  • Receives and stocks feed and bedding in storage area.
  • Weekend Work

  • Schedule: Includes weekends. TH-M 12pm-8:30pm with potential to be TH-SU 10am-8:30pm if prefer 4x10 schedule

Minimum qualifications (mandatory): 

  • Ability to understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions. Ability to read and write in order to maintain records, read instructions, labels, etc.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to work under environmental conditions that require the use of safety equipment.
  • Ability to interact and work with faculty, students, staff, and visitors in a respectful and courteous manner.


Preferred qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent (GED) preferred


Any specific physical requirements for the job:

  • Stand, walk, or otherwise move about campus on a continuous basis.
  • Lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects and materials weighing up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to ascend/descend stairs on a regular basis



Classified Title: Animal Cage Washer 
Working Title: Animal Cage Washer  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: Paygrade 4, Step 1 BU 
Starting Salary Range: $15.30 per hour, increases to $18.00 after 12 months
Employee group: Casual status with full-time schedule during 90 day probationary period. 40 hour work week from start date.   
Schedule: Includes weekends. TH-M 12-8:30 with potential to be TH-SU 10-8:30 if prefer 4x10 schedule
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10003430-SOM Admin Research Animal Resources 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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