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Requisition ID:  11430

Animal Care Technician

Job Summary

*This position is actively recruiting and accepting applications.*
As an Animal Care Technician, you will provide husbandry and care for a variety of laboratory animals including but not limited to rodents, swine, dogs, livestock, sheep, and poultry in a conventional, barrier, and barn housing environments. You will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the physical and environmental conditions of animals both large and small in a research setting, including cleaning and maintaining animal environments, stocking supplies, and following approved protocols and standard operating procedures. You will also have the opportunity to feed, water, and provide other types of care to ensure animal welfare and evaluate the general conditions of animals. 

  • High school diploma / GED
  • One year animal caretaker experience
  • Skills in record keeping and mathematics
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and prioritization skills
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to speak, understand, read and write English
  • Must be a self-starter and able to work without close supervision
  • Must be able to work in a team-based environment
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 to 50 pounds frequently and 60 pounds occasionally


  • Coursework/degree in Animal Husbandry or related field
  • Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certified (Current staff with 5+years of experience grandfathered in)
  • Research animal experience
  • Knowledge of basic animal behavior, nutrition, husbandry, breeding, and disease prevention

Additional Information:

  • This position requires the ability to perform occasional euthanasia of animals (rodents only)
  • The hours in this location are Monday thru Friday from 6 AM to 2:30 PM 
  • Occasional overtime may be required; some weekend and holiday coverage will be necessary
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply