Student Assistant (NE) at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia

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Student Assistant (NE)


VPR-Animal Resources

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation, and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.

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As needed.

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EOO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.


1) Feed, water and the daily care for multiple species of animals in support of research.
2) Performs sanitation duties such as; cleaning cages, animal rooms and ancillary areas.
3) Observes animals daily for signs of sickness, abnormal behavior, social environment and overall health status.

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Student Assistant





Position Summary:

This position involves the care and husbandry of laboratory animals. Duties include but are not limited to providing feed, water and the daily care for multiple species of animals in support of research. Incumbent performs sanitation duties such as; cleaning cages, animal rooms and ancillary areas. Observes animals daily for signs of sickness, abnormal behavior, social environment and overall health status. Records environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and lighting conditions. Advises supervisor regarding facility maintenance problems to assure equipment and facilities are functioning properly and animals are maintained appropriately. May operate mechanical cage washers, biological safety cabinets, pressure washers and other animal care equipment. Follows all safety procedures and wears appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as required. Maintains daily logs/records, animal census and performs other duties as assigned by supervisor. Participates in staff meetings, continuing education and training classes as directed. All duties assigned will follow established applicable Standard Operating Procedures. Incumbents should be prepared to work weekends and holidays. Participation in UGA's Occupational Health & Safety Program is required and may include vaccinations, spirometry and respirator fit testing.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification in Position:

High School diploma.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies :

Upon completion of a prescribed training and instruction program the incumbent should have the knowledge to perform routine husbandry and sanitation tasks following standard operating procedures. Communicating effectively with co-workers and researchers in a professional and courteous manner is important. Ability to understand and follow oral/written instructions as well as having excellent observation skills are important for this position.

Physical Demands:

This position involves withstanding sustained periods of physical activity such as standing, bending, stooping, reaching above shoulder level and have the ability to lift 50 pounds. Working sometimes under demanding conditions (high humidity, unpleasant odors, animal excreta and noise). Work environment involves some exposure to bio-hazards and/or physical risks, so following established safety procedures is important. Wearing PPE (protective clothing, safety glasses, face shields, steel toed safety shoes/boots, respirators, gloves, etc.) and standing on hard surfaces could be expected. Candidates should be prepared to restrain, handle, and treat multiple species of animals.

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Recruitment Contact Name:

Kristy Thrasher

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