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Colorado State University Research Associate Animal Care and Behavioral Enrichment Coordinator in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Research Associate Animal Care and Behavioral Enrichment Coordinator

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202001050AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Research Associate I

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range 32,500-46,000

Employee Benefits

Desired Start Date 02/01/2021

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/11/2021

Description of Work Unit

The mission of Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) is to use our expertise to provide the highest standard of care for laboratory animals in support of the Colorado State University research community. These positions fulfill a vital role in the administration of LAR to carry out this mission. CSU LAR manages over 48,000 ft. of AAALAC accredited research animal facilities on three campuses, including Main Campus, South Campus, and Foothills Campus. Research and teaching activities supported by LAR include infectious disease research, including ABSL work using select agents, cancer biology, hibernation, nutrition, and metabolism studies, orthopedic research, therapeutics, toxicology and teaching activities to support a diverse program of learning. LAR exists to provide state of the art care and support for the animal models component of these studies.

Position Summary

RAAT positions are available throughout the year in Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) at Colorado State University. These positions are full-time, 12 month administrative professional positions that will be integral to facilitating research activities at CSU that utilize animal models.

The animal care component of this position provides routine and specialized care for a variety of laboratory animal species. Animal welfare and assessments, animal husbandry and room and cage sanitation are the primary job duties for this position. Additional duties include record keeping and communication tasks as well as research support.

The behavioral enrichment component of this position will be working with animals to improve their behavior associated with personnel interactions. The trainer will coordinate with behavioral management staff in LAR and Biology to implement a prescribed training program.

Animal husbandry work is physical, and entails standing, bending, lifting, and carrying up to 50 pounds, and repetitive motions. Staff work in various environments including outdoors, close quarters, increased heat and humidity and dusty surroundings. Some of the research at CSU involves infectious diseases. We ensure biosecurity and the safety of our staff by requiring personal protective equipment (such as respirators and Tyvek suits), tuberculosis testing, vaccinations and showering. CSU has a large variety of animal species, and applicants must be willing and able to work with all types of animals. Staff are expected to work safely, and adhere to all safety instructions and rules at all times.

Required Job Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree with 1 year of relevant, vertebrate animal experience, or an Associate’s degree with 2 or more years of relevant, vertebrate animal experience. •6+ months of professional or volunteer experience performing vertebrate animal husbandry (providing food, water, enrichment, cleaning, and sanitation). •Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date. •Demonstrated experience in animal training

Preferred Job Qualifications

•Experience working with a variety of animal species. •Experience working in a research setting, biomedical research preferred. •ALAS certification (ALAT, LAT or LATg). •Experience or training related to ABSL2 and ABSL3 biocontainment. •Experience performing animal welfare assessment and monitoring environmental conditions. •1+ year’s professional or volunteer experience performing vertebrate animal husbandry (providing food, water, enrichment, cleaning, sanitation, etc.) with multiple animal species. •Experience following SOP’s, protocols or other procedural guidelines. •Experience with generating and maintain records such as medical, inventory, maintenance logs, etc. •A degree in animal behavior or a related field such as animal sciences, veterinary technology, zoology, etc.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Animal Welfare and Environment Assessments


Perform daily animal welfare checks to assess animal behavior and well-being. Identify and report any abnormalities to the veterinary staff and/or research staff. Assist in treatments as directed by the veterinary staff. Perform routine procedures such as weighing animals, nail/hoof trims, etc. as outlined in the LAR SOPs as appropriate for the given species and research application. Euthanize or assist in euthanizing animals as directed. Perform room/stall environment checks daily including recording temperature and humidity, overall room condition, and room/stall sanitation. Participates in training new animal husbandry staff for this and all job duties.

Percentage Of Time 20

Job Duty Category Animal Husbandry


Perform routine husbandry including providing appropriate feed and water and housing conditions. These duties are performed as outlined in the LAR animal care SOPs as appropriate for the given species and research/teaching application. Prepare room/barn for incoming animals. Prepare and stock animal rooms with feed, water and other supplies as directed, and in particular for weekend coverage. Assure the appropriate cage cards are in place to accurately track animal numbers. Count animals based upon protocol, project, cage card, or other parameters for regulatory and billing purposes. These duties may be performed in an Animal Biosafety Level 3 containment area. Follow biosecurity practices to minimize cross contamination.

Percentage Of Time 25

Job Duty Category Room and Cage Sanitation


Using the appropriate disinfectants and cleaning agents, disinfect and sanitize in and around animal holding areas prior to receipt of animals and on a scheduled basis as outlined in the LAR SOPs as appropriate for the given species. Perform quality assurance standards to assess adequacy of disinfectants. Work with sterilized equipment taking precautions to avoid cross contamination. Work in the cage wash rooms; process dirty cages and other materials (dirty side). Work safely with the cage wash machines and chemicals in accordance with SOPs. Process and store clean cages and other materials (clean side).

Percentage Of Time 15

Job Duty Category Record Keeping and Communication


Complete daily records for animal husbandry duties and medical treatments. Submit electronic medical records and work orders as needed and in a timely manner. Maintain appropriate feed and disinfectant logs to track regular usage to assure materials are used within the appropriate amount of time. Complete records as needed for various assurances to animal welfare regulatory agencies the IACUC, Good Laboratory Practices. Maintain appropriate communications with research staff, supervisors, veterinarians and coworkers. Attend regularly scheduled staff and research meetings, and continuing education events. Check work e-mail daily, and remain current with occupational health and training requirements.

Percentage Of Time 10

Job Duty Category Research Support


Assist with common research procedures as requested such as substance administration, collection, genotyping, and post-operative care.

Percentage Of Time 5

Job Duty Category Design and implement animal training programs


Develop comprehensive training program for a variety of animal species. Train LAR staff members and others on training techniques and oversee application of training. Assess animal training and modify as needed to meet program needs

Percentage Of Time 25

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, which addresses how professional experiences align with the qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity ( is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree with 1 year of relevant, vertebrate animal experience, OR an Associate’s degree with 2 or more years of relevant, vertebrate animal experience?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have 6+ months of professional or volunteer experience performing vertebrate animal husbandry (providing food, water, enrichment, cleaning, and sanitation)?

  • Yes

  • No

  • * Do you have demonstrated experience in animal training?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

Optional Documents