Job Description

Extended Job Title
Lab Animal Attendant I

Org Level 1
Texas Tech Unv Hlth Sci Ctr El Paso

Position Description
Employees in this classification are responsible for day-to-day maintenance of animals assigned and basic maintenance of animal room associated with the facility. Employees in this classification have no delegated supervisory responsibilities but may aid the supervisor in training new employees. Work consists of both direct and indirect contact with animals. Conditions may become stressful because of animal odors. Possible exposure to zoonotic diseases, animals exposed to toxic materials, radioactive materials, bites, lacerations, etc. Conditions may become hazardous if animals become ill or are being treated with known toxic substances (i.e., carcinogens, microbial substances, etc.). Weekend and holiday assignments on a rotational basis are expected.

Requisition ID

Travel Required
Up to 25%

Major/Essential Functions
Responsible for cleaning and sanitizing animal rooms and support areas, including corridors, procedure rooms and laundry areas. Responsible for animal husbandry, changing animals from dirty cages to clean cages. Ensure all animals have fresh food and water daily. Misc. duties as request by the supervisor, manager or director. Assess each animals health on a daily basis and report to supervisor or manager. Perform weekend health checks in rotation with other staff members, including BSL2 and BSL3. Prepare cages with clean bedding. Fill water bottles. Autoclave cages and water bottles. Responsible for dirty side husbandry. Dumping dirty cages, putting it on the rack to send to the cage washer. Dump dirty water bottles and prepare to send through the cage washer. Dump in appropriate bins. Dumpster is emptied at the end of the day. Assist in preparing for inspections of facility with regulatory agencies.

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Minimum Hire Rate

Pay Basis

Work Location
El Paso

HSC - El Paso


Job Type
Full Time

Pay Statement
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.

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EEO Statement
As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

Required Qualifications
Completion of the 8th grade. No previous work experience. Ability to follow instructions.

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