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Job Req ID:  13691

Animal Cage Washer

Classified Title: Animal Cage Washer 
Working Title: Animal Cage Washer ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: USKILLD4/01/BU 
Starting Salary Range: $13.78
Employee group: Full-Time 
Schedule: M-F, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 10000116-Research 
Personnel area: School of Medicine


General Summary

Responsible for providing a clean and sterilized living environment for research animals.


Duties And Responsibilities

  • Operate mechanical cage washing equipment, autoclaves and other sanitizing equipment.
  • Maintain adequate levels of cage wash chemicals.
  • Scrape and empty pans and cages of soiled bedding.
  • Pre­clean large animal cages for cage wash machinery.
  • Prepare clean rodent cages for autoclaving to include feed, bedding, water bottles and appropriate covering.
  • Load assembled cages onto transport racks in preparation for sterilization by steam autoclave.
  • Load, operate and unload steam autoclaves.
  • Place processed bedding, feed and other related items into assembled, sanitized cages.
  • Maintain detailed records of maintenance schedules, detergent and disinfectant use, cage washer and autoclave performance tests.
  • Troubleshoot minor operational problems with cage wash equipment
  • Dispose of waste materials.
  • Sweep, mop and disinfect cage wash area at the end of each shift and take all trash to the dumpster.
  • Receive and stock feed and bedding in the storage area.
  • Perform additional cleaning and maintenance in preparation for inspections or as required.
  • Observe all safety policies and procedures and use equipment and chemical treatments properly to avoid harming animals, self, others and damaging property.



Minimum Qualifications:


  • Required:  High School Diploma or GED


Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities / Competencies:

  • Ability to understand and follow detailed oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to read and write to maintain records, read instructions, labels, etc.
  • Ability to understand and follow safety practices.
  • Ability to interact and work with faculty, students, staff, and visitors in a respectful and courteous manner.
  • Ability to work under environmental conditions that require the use of safety equipment.
  • Able to lift 10lbs. of bedding, 25lb bags of feed, operate cage washer, tunnel washer, sterilizer, and cage prep.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.



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