The Animal Care Trainee will be working at the Tulane National Primate Research Center located in Covington, Louisiana. The Animal Care Trainee learns to perform routine duties associated with animal care in a research setting such as feeding, maintaining sanitary conditions, observation, restraint and minor cage maintenance. Operates cage washers and ensures that equipment is in proper working order. Performs related responsibilities as required. Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific cautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents. Weekend work and overtime hours are a requirement of this position. Responsible for assessing and maintaining security of animals in their primary enclosure. May be designated as essential personnel during a storm/natural disaster. If required to work during a closure, employee must provide accurate and current contact information and is responsible for maintaining communication with TNPRC. Failure to report to work when requested by supervisor or manager will result in disciplinary action as outlined by the Staff Handbook. Failure to meet established performance standards in the performance of the job duties and responsibilities outlined in this job description (or as otherwise assigned); and/or failure to interact courteously and tactfully with managers, co-workers, customers and/or vendors such that productivity or departmental morale suffers will result in managements taking the appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the Staff Handbook. Employee attendance must meet established work schedules. Faithfulness in coming to work, being on time, planning absences in advance when possible, and calling in when unavoidably detained from reporting for work is an essential requirement of the job.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions
- Ability to lift items weighing up to 50 lbs
- Ability to read and write required
- Must have the ability to work with nonhuman primates and other laboratory animal species without jeopardizing the health of said nonhuman primates and other laboratory animal species
- The TNPRC maintains biosafety level 3 facilities and performs work on diverse infectious agents many of which can cause serious disease in humans if standard operating procedures, including use of appropriate personal protective equipment, are not followed. Depending on agent specific risk assessments individuals may be offered, or in some cases required to have vaccinations against the relevant agents
- Ability to perform job duties while wearing respiratory protection
Required Education and/or Experience
- High school diploma or equivalent
- If this position is assigned to work in ABSL3 containment areas there will be additional minimum requirements including some or all of the following:
- Must pass a US Department of Justice Security Risk Assessment for access to select biological agents and toxins
- Must participate in drug and alcohol program and be in compliance with TNPRC drug and alcohol policy
Salary Ranges Minimum salary(USD $): 22500 Maximum salary(USD $): 35900
Pay decisions are based on education, experience, skills and budget. The lower third of the range typically applies to less experienced candidates; the middle third for more experienced; and the upper range for those with exceptional qualifications and sustained performance.
Location/Region: Covington, LA