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Job Req ID:  64737

Animal Cage Washer

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


Specific Duties & 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 food, 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.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and minor repairs on autoclaves and cage washers.
  • 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:

  • High School Diploma or GED preferred


Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities:

  • 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.


Classified Title: Animal Cage Washer
Working Title: Animal Cage Washer 
Role/Level/Range: USKILLD4/01/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: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Medicine Campus
Department name: ​​​​​​​SOM Onc Animal Research Services
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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