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University of Utah Assistant Animal Technician, Aquatic in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 11/18/2021

Requisition Number PRN28513B

Job Title Assistant Animal Technician

Working Title Assistant Animal Technician, Aquatic

Job Grade B

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 00717 - Office of Comparative Medicine

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 9.62 to 17.31

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Provides care for aquatic laboratory animals and their environment and keeps records according to State, Federal and University regulations.


Essential Functions

The incumbent follows well-established laboratory procedures to complete work. Sensitive or unusual situations are referred to the supervisor. Work is frequently reviewed for accuracy and to ensure adherence to research

1. Food preparation and feeding.

2. Tank cleaning.

3. Dish washing.

4. Careful adherence to research protocols.

5. Maintains routine record keeping of such items as environmental conditions and animal inventory.

6. Observes and communicates animal health conditions to lab personnel and notifies supervisor of abnormal conditions.

7. Distributes supplies to various research areas.

Problem Solving

The position provides basic animal care and maintains routine records according to clearly defined standard operating procedures, federal guidelines and regulations. Continual training is provided and work is reviewed on a regular basis through observation of procedures and review of records to ensure compliance.


Errors in following verbal and written instructions regarding the basic care of the animals could jeopardize the health and safety of employees and animals. Such errors may result in injury, illness or loss of research.

Employees lift, carry, push and pull heavy loads on an intermittent basis and work with chemicals and automated equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Six months work experience, demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Ability to move up to 50 pounds may be required in some areas. Certified positions are also required to have certification as an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician ( ALAT ) with the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science ( AALAS ) or Veterinary Technician certification. Previous experience in a veterinary or animal laboratory research setting preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Previous experience in a veterinary, animal laboratory research, aquaculture or aquarium science setting is preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.