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Animal Care Specialist

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods. Swarthmore College was recently ranked number 3 in the 2021 US News Best National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings -

The Animal Care Specialist will be responsible for ensuring good husbandry and upkeep of various vertebrate and invertebrate species within their respective labs in Swarthmore College’s Biology department. The Animal Care Specialist will also be responsible for monitoring animal welfare and compliance with institutional animal care and use policies, as well as federal laws.

The Animal Care Specialist will work under the supervision of the Animal Facility Manager, with core responsibilities focused on animal husbandry, including daily health and welfare checks, providing food, water, and enrichment, and changing animal cages, tanks, and terrariums. Priority for vertebrate species will be necessary but the incumbent will also perform husbandry for invertebrate species. The Animal Care Specialist will be required to operate equipment such as cage washers, sanitizers, foggers, and autoclaves.

Essential Responsibilities:
• Routine animal husbandry care including health care checks, behavior observation, handling, reporting injury/illness, and occasionally administering emergency health treatments
• Daily cage changing, operating cage washer, sanitizing animal cages, racks, and equipment
• Keeping inventory of supplies, rotating stock, ensuring all appropriate spaces are equipped with supplies
• Daily cleaning of animal spaces such as sweeping, mopping, wiping down surfaces, emptying trash
• Prepare water for aquatic invertebrate facilities, perform water changes, tank cleaning, and document water parameters and animal health as feasible
• Complete daily logs and all relevant non-research related record keeping
• Participate in standard facility training (ie. in person, virtual, CITI modules, etc)
• Comply with federally mandated animal welfare regulations and institutional animal care and use policies
• Report any concerns, issues, emergencies to the Animal Facility Manager and/or appropriate personnel
• Assist with various facility and departmental projects as needed
• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• High School Diploma or equivalent with 6 months of experience working with animals or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
• Must be able to lift 50 pounds
• Must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, and tolerate brief exposure to extreme temperatures
• Wear appropriate PPE as required
• Ability to work weekends and holidays as needed.
• Experience working in a vet clinic, animal research facility, or equivalent laboratory environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Minimum 6 months experience working with animals. A combination of education and/or other experience may be considered.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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