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Montana State University Lab Animal Tech I in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 23045

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kerri Jones at (406) 994-6806 or

Classification Title Lab Animal Tech I

Working Title Lab Animal Tech I

Brief Position Overview

As a Laboratory Animal Technician you will actively support MSU’s research programs by providing the care of our animals. Your contribution will include performing animal husbandry duties such as feeding, evaluating health, completing detailed records, and assisting in cleaning and sanitizing cages and supplies and performing maintenance and cleaning on equipment. You’ll operate cage washers, autoclaves, aquatic systems, and water and bedding stations. You will also be responsible to communicate with researchers, peers, supervisor and veterinarians. Inventory, ordering, stocking and accurate data collection and reporting are also an active part of this position.

Position Number 4N1390

Department Animal Resource Center

Division Office of Research and Economic Development

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation FOCUS-MFPE

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary range of $15 to $17 hourly, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type Classified Hourly

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

An opportunity exists to work with the Animal Resource Center at Montana State University supporting vital research in the field of human health. We are looking for an entry level, or more, support position that includes animal husbandry and custodial type work. For the right person, this can be a stepping stone into a new career. Laboratory animal technicians enjoy the ability to work with animals in an academic setting and are relied upon for their skills in monitoring and assessing animal health and wellbeing. We place great value on finding the right team members and encourage those with an interest in animal science and a good work ethic to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Feed, evaluate, assess, treat and document animals in your care.

  • Report any abnormal conditions to your supervisor.

  • Communicate with peers, researchers, supervisors, and veterinarian regarding animal health and procedures.

  • Clean and sanitize animal caging and accessory equipment.

  • Dispose of waste from the facility following appropriate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Maintain and perform routine repairs on caging and racks.

  • Perform routine cleaning and preventative maintenance on the cage washers and autoclaves, including checking and cleaning filters.

  • Process clean caging and accessory equipment appropriately, including putting bedding into cages and autoclaving cages and supplies.

  • Assist in sanitation and decontamination in all areas of the facility.

  • Understand and follow appropriate SOPs, safety procedures, and quality assurance guidelines.

  • Prepare, maintain and submit required cagewash records, charts, logs, and inventories as requested.

  • Maintain clean and organized work and personal areas.

  • Report any abnormal conditions of the animal facility or immediate vicinity to supervisory staff.

  • Always think safety first when performing daily duties.

  • Incumbent will attend and participate in required training for the use of personal protective equipment and comply with requirements for use of employer provided equipment.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Must have a high school diploma or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Experience with basic computer operations (email, Word, Excel).

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience working with animals.

  • AALAS ALAT certification.

  • Experience with janitorial tasks.

  • Understanding of sanitation.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions and SOP’s.

  • Strong attention to detail and accurate record keeping a must.

  • Must have good time management skills to complete all assigned tasks.

  • Ability to prioritize tasks.

  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team; communicate effectively with people both internal and external to the department; successfully interact and cooperate with people of diverse backgrounds, including researchers, faculty, and students; and accurately follow instructions, procedures and regulations.

  • General computer knowledge, familiarity/working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point primarily) as well as Outlook and the Outlook calendar function.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    This position will require weekend and holiday work on a rotational basis. Regular ARC business hours cover a 7 day week and shifts vary up to a maximum of 40 hours in a single work week.

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to transport items up to 50 pounds and move up to 100 pounds with assistance.

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.

  • Ability to position self to stoop, bend, and crawl.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on August 18, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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