Completes primarily cage wash activities; & limited amount (no more than 10% of overall job duties & responsibilities) of simple, routine animal caretaking duties as part of training program; & other duties as requested by Group Leader or their designee. All actions are completed by strictly & consistently following applicable CCM SOPs including safety procedures & guidelines. Reports any suspected or actual deviations to SOPs or non-routine situations immediately to Group Leader or their designee. Arrives, leaves & takes breaks at work as scheduled. Strictly adheres to CCM attendance policy.
Please note: Must be able to negotiate up to a 65 lb force (push/pull) on an occasional basis. Lifting is limited to 50 lbs occasionally and 25 lbs frequently. Must be able to work staggered shift schedule, overtime, weekends, and holidays as required. Must successfully maintain physical condition that will assure efficient performance of tasks, including successful completion of physical examination. This position requires the individual to be available to work on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses as coverage needs dictate.
Must be enrolled in the university’s occupational health program which entails filling out a health questionnaire. The health questionnaire is submitted to the university’s occupational health provider for review. Must be willing to undergo job related background check. Position will require working with, near or around noise, moving mechanical parts, hazardous chemicals and biohazard waste. Regular exposure to laboratory animal caging and airborn particles, wet/humid and hot/cold conditions should be expected. Hearing protection and Personal Protective Equipment requirements must be followed.
Cage Wash: According to CCM SOPs
Cleans & sterilizes cages, equipment, supplies, rooms (primary and secondary enclosures), etc.
Prepares refuse for disposal or incineration.
Maintains efficient organization & flow of supplies & equipment through cage wash area.
Monitors & maintains washers & sterilizers in proper working condition.
Delivers clean and/or dirty equipment and cages to and from cage wash as required.
Completes daily and periodic housekeeping of assigned areas which includes some bathrooms, locker rooms and surgery space within CCM.
Restocks and maintains appropriate inventory levels of housekeeping and bathroom supplies.
Removes dirty scrubs from receptacles and ensures adequate supply of clean scrubs.
Monitors first aid kits, eye wash stations and functioning emergency exit on cage wash equipment.
Animal Care: Obtains training in animal caretaking duties according to CCM SOPs such as
Feeding & watering animals according to their prescribed diets.
Observing animals regularly during the day, noting & reporting any variances in eating, drinking or deviation from normal habits, to include obvious health issues with behavior, skin conditions, etc.
Documents & reports equipment malfunctions to management.
Maintains proper record keeping of washer & sterilizer quality assurance testing.
Completes housekeeping logs and documentation accurately and within appropriate timeframes.
Maintains appropriate inventory levels of housekeeping supplies.
Attends CCM sponsored training sessions, species specific identification & treatment sessions. Obtains training regarding cage wash, housekeeping, and animal care taking duties.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required.
Valid state driver’s license if driving animal transport van.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33062
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.