Lab Helper - 34571-1A

Updated: Sep 22, 2022
Location: Irvine-Campus
Job Type:
Department: University Lab Animal Resource

Job Opening ID: 34571
Reports To: Operations and Finance Manager
Working Title: Lab Helper
Department: University Lab Animal Resource
Bargaining Unit: SX
Payroll Job Code: 009606
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: 6AM - 2:30PM
Employee Class: Career
 
Position Summary:
 
University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) provides animal husbandry service and veterinary care to laboratory animals housed on campus for research, training or teaching. This includes meeting environmental and nutritional needs of a variety of animal species in accordance with established industry standards, state and federal rules and regulations, and ULAR’s own standard operating procedures.
 
This position involves keeping ULAR animal facilities supplied with clean animal cages (that can weigh around 4 pounds each). Incumbent will need to load cage racks with 144-plus animal cages, and push the racks through tunnel washers for washing. Some of the cages need to be sterilized through autoclave which also need to be loaded and unloaded. Once the cages and racks are washed, incumbent will prepare the cages for use by putting bedding and feed in the cages. Once prepared, hundreds of cages are loaded onto metal bulk trucks and transported to animal housing rooms. Incumbents will also need to move animal feed and bedding, with each bag weighing 50 pounds. Incumbent will be responsible for cleaning and minor repairs of cage enclosures and related ancillary equipment. ULAR will provide the necessary training to perform these duties.
 
Compensation Range:
 
$19.50/hour
 
Department Website:
 
Required:
 
High School or GED degree
Ability to read, write and understand English sufficiently in order to follow given instructions and written standard operating procedures. High School or GED degree Able to lift, push, pull and move items weighing up to 50 pounds. Valid California driver’s license, to pick up/deliver items around the Irvine campus, and possibly drive to/from the UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange. Ability to function effectively as a team member. At least 1 year of recent experience working in environment with, loading/unloading heavy items and/or sanitation.
 
Preferred:
 
Prior experience working in laboratory environment involving animal research.
 
Special Conditions Required:
 
May be required to work weekends and holidays on rotation. Must wear protective clothing provided by ULAR (scrubs, masks, gloves, shoe covers, etc). Must attend technician training courses/meetings per ULAR’s discretion. Must be comfortable working alone in following conditions: constant exposure to possible allergens, including but not limited to animal waste, dirty bedding, animal hair, dander, dust, steam, in an enclosed, confined area with no direct access to open air. Must participate in medical monitoring programs as prescribed by the Occupational Health and Safety Program. This may include preventive medical programs such as TB screening, tetanus booster, blood testing, immunizations, medical surveillance and others to meet the state, federal and UC requirements.
 
Conditions of Employment
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with the following conditions of employment:
  • Background Check and Live Scan
  • Legal Right to work in the United States
  • Vaccination Policies
  • Smoking and Tobacco Policy
  • Drug Free Environment
The following additional conditions may apply, some of which are dependent upon business unit or job specific requirements.
  • California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
  • E-Verify
  • Pre-Placement Health Evaluation
Details of each policy may be reviewed by visiting the following page - https://hr.uci.edu/new-hire/conditions-of-employment.php

Closing Statement
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500 or [email protected].
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