MD Anderson Cancer Center Animal Attendant - Comparative Medicine in Bastrop, Texas

This position will reside at the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research, Department of Comparative Medicine, located in Bastrop, Texas.

Salary Range: $23,400(min) $27,400(mid) $31,400(max)

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

SUMMARY

The primary purpose of the Animal Attendant position is to provide for the care of animals and the associated facilities within the department of Comparative Medicine. This position will primarily support the Rhesus and Baboon areas and may assist in other animal areas as needed. Works weekends and holidays on a scheduled, rotating basis; may work overtime as authorized by the Manager. This position may be subject to working in biocontainment areas requiring compliance with specific protocols.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

Animal Husbandry and Facility Maintenance

Performs daily husbandry and disposal of waste materials. Operates cage sanitation equipment. Prepares and distributes daily diet/enrichment. May assist in transporting animals which may require specialized training or handling techniques. Inspects lixit valves and water lines daily to ensure proper function. Inspects assigned animal areas and maintain rooms, buildings, facilities, and equipment (including enrichment). Reports issues to Supervisor or Team Leader. Performs basic housekeeping and restocks supplies.

Animal Healthcare

Conducts animal health and behavioral observations. Reports changes in animal behavior and appearance to Supervisor. May assist with infant care.

Administrative and Compliance

Adheres to PPE requirements. Works safely in close proximity to animals. Ensures appropriate animal access to shelter, food, water and distance from other groups. Ensures proper cage and building lock procedures are followed. Responsible for animal identification as required by area. May need to respond in emergency situations. Participates in SOP training and consistently follows SOPs and departmental policies. Responsible for adhering to AAALAC and IACUC standards and USDA/AWA regulations. Provides timely and accurate documentation and recordkeeping of husbandry and healthcare data (including GLP).

Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Education: None.

Certification: None.

Preferred Certification: American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification.

Experience: None.

Preferred Experience: Some experience working with animals.

Onsite Presence: Is Required.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Frequency

Deadlines

Electrical

Exposure to animals

Exposure to blood, bodily fluids, and/or tissue

Exposure to Radiation

Extreme Hot/Cold

Hazardous Chemicals and Materials

Humid/Dry

Lighting

Noise

Operating Equipment

Outside Work

Physical Proximity

Sedentary Environment

Wearing Protective Equipment

Wet Conditions

Working At Heights

Working on uneven/slippery surface

Frequent 34-66%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Seldom 3-10%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Seldom 3-10%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Frequency

Weight

Arm/Hand Steadiness

Balancing

Bending/Stooping

Carrying

Climbing

Crawling

Depth Perception

Driving

Dynamic Flexibility

Eye/Hand Coordination

Fine finger movement

Foot Action

Glare Sensitivity

Handling

Hearing Sensitivity

Keyboarding

Kneeling

Lifting

Neck Movements

Night Vision

Olfactory Perception

Pushing/Pulling

Reaching

Sitting

Standing

Tactile Perception

Twisting

Visual Acuity

Visual Color Discrimination

Walking

Wrist Motion

Squatting

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

Frequent 34-66%

Frequent 34-66%

Constant 67-100%

Frequent 34-66%

Occasionally 11-33%

20-50 lbs

20-50 lbs

50+ lbs

COGNITIVE DEMANDS

Analytical Ability

Appropriate Behavior

Attention to detail

Comprehending

Critical Thinking

Following Instructions

Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback

Interpersonal Skills

Memorizing/Remembering

Multitasking

Oral Communication

Organizing

Problem Solving

Reading Skills/Comprehension

Responding in emergency situations

Selective Attention

Working Alone

Written Communication

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Additional Information

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 23,400

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 27,400

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 31,400