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Montana State University Lab Animal Tech I in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21196

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kath Hardcastle at 406-994-6806 or

Classification Title Lab Animal Tech I

Working Title Lab Animal Tech I

Brief Position Overview

As a Animal Tech I, you will actively support MSU’s research programs by contributing to the care and upkeep of its animals. You will be performing basic husbandry duties such as cleaning/sanitizing caging and accessory equipment; sanitizing/decontaminating all work areas; performing routine cleaning and preventative maintenance on cage washers/autoclaves; prepare for animal arrivals (preparing cages with appropriate bedding, watering/feeding accessories, etc.) observing animals, reporting abnormalities to Supervisor and/or Veterinarian; monitor and maintain inventory and stock for assigned area; and perform accurate data collection/reporting.

Position Number 4N0392

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 of $14.87 hourly

Contract Type Classified Salary

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

An opportunity exists to come and work with the Animal Resources Center at Montana State University helping to support vital research in the field of human health. We are looking for custodial support of our animal equipment and cage wash areas but for the right person this could 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 well being. 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

  • 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 equivalent.

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

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience with janitorial tasks

  • Understanding of sanitation

  • Experience working with animals

  • AALAS ALAT certification

  • Some higher-level education

    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 task

  • 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

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

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.

Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and push/pull up to 100 pounds.

Ability to stand for long periods of time.

Ability to squat and kneel.

This position has supervisory duties? No

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 March 24, 2021 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 ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

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.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .