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Job Number: 93928

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Date Posted: 8-10-2017

POSITION TITLE: Vivarium Support Technician I

DEPARTMENT: Division of Veterinary Services





PURPOSE OF POSITION: To provide routine sanitization and support of ancillary functions that assist in the maintenance of an AAALACI accredited research animal facility. These duties involve processes used to maintain the animal facility in fully functional capacity including cleaning and sanitization of the facility, and support areas, maintenance of personal protective equipment and supplies needed to enter the facilities, and supply, maintenance of inventory and repair of equipment used in the facility.

·Sanitization and Cleaning:
Provide general sanitization of equipment used for the maintenance of laboratory animals. Operate industrial washing machines and prepare machines for start up and shut down according to standard operating procedures. Maintain assigned work areas in compliance with local, state and federal regulations, AAALAC guidelines, and established standard operation procedures. Follow safety procedures as outlined in standard operations procedures and request help if work deviates from routine. Provide quality cleaning of the facility, supply rooms, and other assigned areas. Maintain assigned areas to ensure they are kept clean, organized, and stocked with all necessary supplies at all times.
Provide washed, dried and folded scrubs and gowns in a timely manner to maintain supplies that meet user demands. Wrap gowns in preparation for autoclaving and ensure sterilization process have been achieved. Restock areas where gowns are used.
Understands, adheres and maintaisn work areas in compliance with Local, State, and Federal regulations, AAALAC guidelines, divisional standards and established standard operation procedures. Follow safety procedures as outlined in standard operations procedures and request help if work deviates from routine. Comply with infectious control policies and procedures. Maintain per diem sheets, daily log and other records as required. Identify and report emergency situations or problems as needed. Responsible for making routine decisions within limits prescribed by established policies or by area supervisor; perform duties at the desired level of competency. Work overtime, weekends and or holidays as scheduled.
·Continuing Education:
Attend as required Vet Services continuing education programs, CCHMC training sessions which include laboratory safety, bloodborne pathogens, and OSHA required training.
·Customer Service:
Provide services in a manner to be regularly and conveniently available to meet the needs; ensure that work areas are organized and present a safe, accessible, effective, and efficient environment. Participate in improving organizational performance through recommending areas or approaches for improvement of activities, performing new or more efficient procedures and contributing to divisional discussions leading to improvement of processes.
Provide quality repaired ventilated racks, supply shelves, cages, wire bars, lids and necessary new equipment for the day to day operations of the facility. Set-up supporting supplies and equipment for animal cages such as (but not limited to) water bottles, cage cards, towels, enrichment devices and other needs per special request minimizing potential contaminants, recording and reporting data.

Skills & Competencies
Taking responsibility for one's actions and work; accepting the consequences of one's behavior; admitting mistakes.
Pursuing work with little supervision or assistance; directing one's own efforts.
Using time efficiently and productively; prioritizing multiple tasks properly to meet deadlines; recognizing time constraints and adjusting work schedule to address them.
Complying with Infection Control policies and procedures, such as annual TB test, maintaining appropriate vaccinations and hand/personal hygiene; attending all required Cincinnati Children's safety training sessions; and maintaining a safe work environment including organized work areas and compliance with CCHMC policies on timely reporting of hazardous conditions and workplace injuries.
·Work Ethic:
Working hard to conscientiously and thoroughly complete work; pushing oneself to successfully continue working on a task in the face of obstacles or setbacks; working continuously and intensely over long periods of time.
Effective verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
Being open to change and considerable variety in work activities; effortlessly adjusting to new or changing situations and unexpected events; altering one's approach to tasks and projects with minimal loss of efficiency
·Physical Stamina:
Physical stamina sufficient to perform frequent bending, standing and lifting, pulling and pushing equipment weighing 50 pounds or more in a warm and humid temperature environment. Demonstrate high manual dexterity.

·High School Graduate OR Equivalent

·Work experience in the laboratory animal or research industry
·AALAS certification

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