Animal Caregiver
Job ID: R0043199 | Animal Research | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia seeks applicants for multiple animal caregiver opportunities. The animal caregiver is responsible for providing animal husbandry and general sanitation for the facility, which includes cage-wash duties, use of the sterilizer, and general facility upkeep. Work is routine and assigned at the task level under direct supervision and in consultation with veterinary staff. Incumbents are expected to work a rotating schedule that includes a combination of weekday, weekend, and holiday coverage.

What you will do:
  • Inspect and maintain the health of animals, dispose of carcasses, track and record data, and keep detailed records.
  • Monitor animal husbandry activities.
  • Ensure that daily activities are conducted according to biosafety procedures.
  • When required, administer experimental treatments to animals.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements
  • High school diploma or equivalent and at least 1 year of related work experience.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with lab or animal-handling experience.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Vaccination: This position requires compliance with UVA Health Policy OCH-002.
  • The ability to stand for extended periods of time; push, pull, and move carts and equipment weighing up to 40 lbs.; and conduct work that requires repetitive movements.
  • Preference will be given applicants with an Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician Certificate (ALAT).

Benefits Include: The choice between 3 different health plans, vision and dental insurance, life insurance, retirement, benefits savings accounts, starting with 22 days of paid time off a year in addition to 12 or more paid holidays, 8 weeks of paid parental leave, short-term disability, up to $5,250 after your first year for combined use of tuition toward a degree-seeking program, and more!

Starting Salary: $17.00/hour

Before a formal offer of employment is extended, the selected candidate will undergo a background check per university policy.

Physical Demands

Up to 25% of time:
Kneeling, squatting, bending, stooping, twisting, lifting above and below waist, light and moderate lifting – up to 40 lbs., carrying, pushing and pulling, climbing ladders and stairs, fine finger manipulation (keyboarding, pipefitting, bench work, etc.).

26-50% of time:
Traveling and repetitive motion.

51-75% of time:
Standing for sustained periods of time, use of both hands, independent use of either hand, wrist movement (twisting or rotating).

Protective clothing/equipment:
Disposable gloves, protective clothing, surgical mask, ear protection (including earplugs). Hearing protection is required when working with dogs, swine, or in cage-wash area.

Sensory requirements:
Vision (with and without corrective lenses), depth perception, color vision, peripheral vision, near vision, hearing, speaking.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines


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Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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