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Animal Attendant

University Health Network

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted April 29, 2021.

NOWU Job Posting #875661

Position: Animal Attendant
Site: Princess Margaret Hospital/Research Institute (PM)
Department: Animal Resource Centre (ARC)
Reports to: Senior Manager/Department Supervisor
Scale/Grade: S025
Salary Range: $24.04 – $25.23 per hour (Start rate in accordance with collective agreement requirements)
Hours: Based on need; shifts from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Status: Temporary Casual (4 month contract)

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Animal Attendant in our Animal Resource Centre.

Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

University Health Network (UHN) is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN have made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. Research across UHN’s five research institutes spans the full spectrum of diseases and disciplines, including cancer, cardiovascular sciences, transplantation, neural and sensory sciences, musculoskeletal health, rehabilitation sciences, and community and population health. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

Animal Attendants within the PM Animal Resource Centre function on a rotation basis through all of the following work areas depending on operational demand: clean preparation area, animals rooms carrying husbandry and room maintenance, cleaning and stocking of general facility support areas such as corridors and labs and the soiled preparation area washing, sanitizing and sterilizing equipment. Department and animal care must be considered priority of all employees of the ARC.  Animal Attendants function in these areas under supervision of the facility supervisor. Animal Attendants must follow departmental and institutional Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and are required to sign off on completed tasks at each work area.

• Completion of High School or recognized equivalent in years’ experience within a laboratory animal facility
• Up to one year of relevant experience
• Ability to speak, read and write English
• Effective organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
• Exercise initiative and good judgment with ability to multi-task
• Compliance with confidentiality requirements
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
• Ability to perform duties in a professional and courteous manner and produce high quality work while meeting deadlines
• Knowledge of applicable legislative, UHN and/or departmental policies
• Client service oriented, with the ability to effectively work with diversity and appreciate that people with different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring richness to the challenge or situation at hand
• Ability to lift 50 lbs
• No known allergies to animals
• Previous experience within a laboratory animal facility preferred
• Previous exposure to autoclaves and sterilization process preferred
• Previous exposure to GLP standards preferred
• Previous exposure to aseptic technique preferred

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: April 29, 2021                   Closing Date: May 6, 2021

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

UHN thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.