Iowa State University Animal Caretaker I - 7611 in Ames, Iowa

Classification Information

University Title Animal Caretaker I - 7611

Pay Grade 204

Entry Hourly Rate 15.37

Job Category Merit

Posting Details

Posting Number 70124M

Position Title Animal Caretaker I

Advertised Employing Department Laboratory Animal Resources

Work Unit

Base of Employment E - Merit (paid monthly)

Appointment Type Merit Permanent

Pay Frequency Monthly

Proposed Start Date As soon as possible

AFSCME Contract Transfer Deadline

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Shift 1st

Work Schedule

Typical work hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, however, weekend and holiday rotational hours are necessary to accommodate the needs of the animals

Number of Hours per Week 40

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR), under the Vice President for Research at Iowa State University, is accepting applications for an Animal Caretaker I to provide for the general care, husbandry, and enrichment of animals housed at LAR animal facilities.

Animal Caretaker I duties include but are not limited to the following: Observe animals for signs of disease and/or discomfort; Provide feed, water, and enrichment to animals; Clean/sanitize/disinfect animal facilities including animal enclosures and procedure areas; Input and maintain electronic and paper animal census, husbandry, and medical records; Operate and maintain cleaning and maintenance equipment; Operate and maintain ISU-owned vehicles for transporting animals, equipment, and supplies; Assist LAR Veterinary Medical Staff with medical procedures and treatments.

Animal Caretaker I duties require the following abilities: Lift 50 lbs. from the floor; Bend, pull, push, and carry; Repetitive lifting and reaching including overhead; Twisting of upper trunk; Standing and walking on hard surfaces; Work on wet and slippery surfaces.

Required Qualifications

  1. Ability to read, write, and follow instructions. 2. Possession of a valid state or commercial driver’s license, as required.

Special Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Previous animal husbandry experience

Data entry experience

Location (if other than Ames)

Additional Information

Department/Unit Website

Application Instructions

Apply for this position by clicking “Apply for this Job” and completing the Merit Application. Please be prepared to enter details about your education and work history.If you have questions regarding the application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 07/26/2017

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Must have and maintain a valid U.S. state driver’s license and the ability to be authorized to drive University vehicles.

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

One or more of the following certifications recognized by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS): Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG)