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Animal Care Supervisor II (6249U) 1772 - 1772
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Animal Care Supervisor II (6249U) 1772 - 1772
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Small/Lab Animal Medicine

Animal Care Supervisor II (6249U) 1772 - 1772

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 9, 2019.

Departmental Overview

The Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC) is responsible for managing a centralized program of animal care and use on the UC Berkeley campus. The department consists of veterinary, administrative and animal husbandry personnel.


Under general supervision of the Laboratory Animal Care & Admin. Manager, incumbent is responsible for the direct day-to-day administration of the animal's husbandry services of the Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC), provide supervision and training for the employees in the animal technician series, coordinate para-veterinary activities, and manage OLAC vivarium facilities. Incumbent prioritizes and completes on-going tasks independently following established departmental guidelines, University polices, and Federal, State, & Local regulations. The Laboratory Animal Care & Admin. Manager evaluates work periodically.

Personnel Management
  • Supervises directly and through others the daily operations of OLAC vivarium facilities, ensuring that research animals receive proper husbandry and care and that the facility is in compliance with regulations and guidelines set by the department, the university and governmental agencies.
  • Participate in the interview and selection process and make recommendations on hiring, corrective action, layoffs and dismissals.
  • Identifies training needs and ensures necessary training is conducted.
  • Ensures proper and timely reporting of animal records, and supervises the collection of data for recharge billing.
  • Assigns/Delegates work to all employees in the animal series
  • Evaluate daily performance of the employees
  • Monitor daily attendance records and prepares weekend, holiday, and vacations schedules.
  • Monitor acquisition, receipt, storage and issue of supplies and animals.
  • Monitor current inventory of supplies including bedding, feed, cleaning materials and husbandry supplies.
  • Provide input for short and long-range planning needs.
  • Prepare written documents and memos as needed.

Facility Management
  • Coordinate space availability with the principal investigators for proper housing of animals in various OLAC facilities.
  • Conduct annual equipment inventory and submit report to the Laboratory Animal Care & Admin. Manager
  • Escort Federal and Local Governmental inspectors and site visitors through the facilities to ascertain compliance with Federal and Local Animal Welfare Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines.
  • Conduct periodic inspections of the facilities to insure compliance with CAL-OSHA and Campus Research and Occupation Safety measures.

Quality Assurance
  • Conduct inspections of the vivarium's facilities to ensure quality and quantity of work performance of services rendered including proper caging of animals, proper separation of species, humane care and welfare of animals, proper sanitation, proper feed & water, and proper facility maintenance.
  • Oversee all aspects of husbandry care, ensuring that daily procedures are being implemented as outlined in departmental SOPs. Quality control is maintained by inspections of the facility to determine that NIH, OSHA, USDA, and AWA guidelines and regulations are being met or exceeded.
  • Report deficiencies to the Laboratory Animal Care & Admin. Manager & Vet Staff and problem solve to formulate a resolution. Contact Physical Plant or other appropriate campus personnel about equipment repair or replacement.
  • Maintain written records of the repairs and follows up with Physical Plant to ensure timely and efficient completion of each item reported.
  • Troubleshoots and solves animal husbandry-related problems.

Animal Husbandry
  • Perform all animal care duties/cleaning & sanitizing/facility responsibilities as outlined in PAT, SAT & AT job descriptions.

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of the standards and guidelines of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals to insure proper and humane husbandry is provided by subordinate staff.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with people of varying degrees of veterinary medical training, faculty, and staff.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, administrators, peers, and subordinates.
  • Skills in motivating others, stimulating people to effective action.
  • Ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workloads and to set priorities which reflect the relative importance of job duties.
  • Skill in discussing a variety of job-related topics on short or no notice.
  • Knowledge of cleaning and sanitizing agents and their proper application to insure that a clean and healthful environment is maintained.
  • Ability to lift feed bags up to 50lbs, to handle animals up to 100 lbs, and to push racks up to 300 lbs.

  • Graduation from college with a degree in an area of biological science, or high school graduation plus completion of a Veterinary Laboratory Animal Training Program equivalent to the Laboratory Animal Technologist certification of the AALAS, and four years of related animal care experience with demonstrated supervisory ability; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and knowledge's and abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.

Licenses or certifications required, if any:
  • Laboratory Animal Technologist certification from AALAS

Preferred Qualifications

  • Skill in writing grammatically correct routine business correspondence, memos, etc.
  • Skill in para-veterinary procedures to coach and train staff to assist veterinarian and/or researchers.
  • Knowledge of University and department polices & procedures in order to effectively supervise, train, asses, and disciple staff.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply the concept of contamination control practices including engineering, administrative, and procedural controls for the containment of pathogens, including disinfection, and waste handling methods appropriate for work in bio-containment animal facilities up to BSL2 level with BSL3 practices.
  • Knowledge of caring for USDA covered species.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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