Kelowna - UBC Okanagan
BCGEU OK Research/Technical
UBCO-Vice Principal, Research
UBCO - Animal Care Services
Desired Start Date:
This position will assist the Tech V with facility supervision including orientation and safety training for new users and staff in the facility, and may assist with maintenance of breeding colonies including breeding feeding, weaning and recording activities. This position supports the Tech IIs with daily maintenance and care of laboratory animals and includes cage changing, providing food and water, performing health checks, administering medications and reporting any signs of ill-health. May perform or assist with minor procedures, prepare surgical packs; includes general cleaning and maintenance of the facility, inventory and record keeping.
Works collaboratively with other technicians, faculty and staff. Reports to the Associate Vice-Principal Research, UBC Okanagan campus and takes operational direction from Tech V in the facility.
This position can expect to interact with a variety of persons working with teaching and research animals, including, but not limited to: technical and support staff, research faculty, their staff, and students. This position may have contact with various UBC departmental staff, as well as laboratory animal product distributors.
- Performs rounds to observe and check the physical health and well-being of laboratory animals: health, behaviour and welfare surveillance of laboratory animals and monitoring for current species-specific welfare issues and records observations; isolate infected or ill animals and report to veterinarian
- Assists the Tech V with facility supervision to monitor and ensure safety standards are being maintained
- Gives day to day directives to the techs as needed within the facility; schedules operational staffing coverage
- Purchases facility supplies and animals; maintains a sufficient inventory to meet operational requirements;
- Prepares monthly billing reports and invoices researchers; assists with other facility administrative duties
- Performs minor surgeries and techniques, including: tissue collection, blood collection, and injections;
- Assists with anesthesia, surgical and other procedures under direction of the Tech V
- Responsible for ensuring the Animal Health program for the facility including Sentinels and sample collection is following the anticipated schedule
- Assists with the development of new policies and procedures in consultation with Supervisor
- Maintains facility equipment as required on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis; trouble shoots and resolves equipment issues
- Records and maintains animal data; provides updates to researchers regarding status of the animals
- Provides medications to animals as per written instruction (such as eye drops, topical antibiotics, oral medications in food or water)
- Provides animal husbandry, handling & restraint: provides food, water, clean housing, and enrichment to animals, changes animal cages and water bottles, operates a cage dumping station, a cage washer, a bottle filler, and a pass-through sterilizer
- Maintains facility's cleanliness and organization, including routine sweeping and mopping of floors, as well as scheduled cleaning of rooms, vents, and cage racks
- Perform other related tasks as required.
The position works under general direction of the facility supervisor and in collaboration with other technicians, faculty, students and staff. Receives specific instructions only on new assignments, changes in procedure or unusual situations. The position reports to the Associate Vice-Principal Research, UBC Okanagan campus.
This position may give direction to the technicians with a lower classification and assists co-workers, students and faculty by explaining and teaching certain procedures. Assists the Tech V to oversee and direct the work of Tech II's.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Inappropriate judgement exercised by the position may impact the success of the facility, leading to increased expenses and time loss. Additionally, inappropriate judgement may also have detrimental consequences in regards to animal and human health and welfare, may compromise scientific data and could cause disruption or ruination of a research study.
Completion of Secondary School (Grade 12) and one year post-secondary in a relevant animal care program. An Animal Health Technology degree is an asset.
Registered Lab Animal Technician (CALAS/AALAS) certification preferred.
Continuing professional development is a requirement of this position. . Over three (3) years related experience working with laboratory animals; or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be willing to maintain and upgrade training as necessary.
Supervisory experience an asset, preferably in an animal facility or laboratory.
Demonstrated ability in performing standard technical and related husbandry procedures on common species of laboratory animals; ability to identify common medical problems in laboratory animals and take appropriate action
Ability to explain, assign and monitor work, to coordinate and oversee work processes.
Ability to take initiative and to master new techniques; ability to train others.
Ability to be thorough, accurate, and have a high level of attention to detail, to create and maintain records.
Ability to operate job-related equipment and troubleshoot problems as required (e.g., rack and tunnel washers, autoclaves, dry heat oven, floor cleaning machine, industrial washers and dryers, bedding vacuum and dispensing system, bottle filling system, and high pressure spray units).
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and statutory holidays.
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment as well as independently. Effective oral and written communication, interpersonal, organizational, problem solving and computer skills.
Ability to read and comprehend technical material; Ability to understand and apply policies, SOPs, instructions and applicable Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines.
Ability to perform the physical demands of the job (work with high temperature equipment, exposure to animal dander and urinary proteins, perform repetitive tasks, lift 20kg, good manual dexterity and eyesight).
Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.