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21002066 Requisition #

The Office of Animal Resources at the University of Iowa is seeking an Animal Caretaker.  In the role of an Animal Caretaker, you will join a team of veterinarians, vet techs, and other animal caretakers where you will provide feeding and care of animals.  Animal Caretakers do not conduct research, are provided training and encouraged to become certified.  This position functions under direct supervision, performs the work necessary in handling, feeding, and caring for animals and animal facilities in compliance with federal, state, and/or university regulations.  You will have the opportunity for overtime, and will work a rotating holiday schedule.

Shift Details
7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Sunday – Thursday, days off are Friday and Saturday (requisition 21002065)
7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, days off are Sunday and Monday (requisition 21002066)
7:00 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday, days off are Saturday and Sunday (requisition 21002031)

Work Location
Multiple sites

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:
https://research.uiowa.edu/office-vice-president-research/open-positions

About the Office of Animal Resources
The University of Iowa provides a centralized animal care program through the Office of Animal Resources which reports to the Vice President for Research. The program includes animal housing facilities in the Colleges of Medicine, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Public Health. Additional sites affiliated with this program are the State Hygienic Laboratory in Ankeny, IA, the Iowa Raptor Project located near Lake MacBride, and the Lakeside Laboratory located near Lake Okoboji in Western Iowa.

The Office of Animal Resources (OAR) provides the expertise, care, and resources necessary for the maintenance of research animals. The OAR's mission is preservation of the University's animal research privilege and maintenance of a quality animal care and use program.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Ability to read, write, and follow instructions.


Desirable Qualifications

  • Previous animal caretaking experience in laboratory research environment, veterinary office, or animal hospital. 
  • Previous experience using cleaning/sanitation equipment.
  • An application that is thorough including a complete work history listing specific duties and care performed.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with others and to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Be detail oriented.


Application Details and Instructions

Applicants are invited to upload the following documents and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission, if they would like them included for consideration:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 10 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Contact: Sarah-Tillman@uiowa.edu

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer


The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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