Animal Caretaker I (Multiple Openings)
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Posted in Call Centre and Customer Service

$2,000.00 - $3,000.00 per year

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Job Info

** This requisition represents multiple Animal Caretaker I openings within the department. By applying to this requisition, you will have the opportunity to be considered for all available Animal Caretaker I openings within this department. You will have the opportunity to indicate your preferences of shift during the application process. **

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, veterinary technicians and other animal caretakers where you will provide husbandry to animals used in research. Husbandry includes feeding, cage sanitation, room cleaning and health assessment. Animal Caretakers are provided training and encouraged to become certified. This position functions under direct supervision, performs the work necessary to maintain compliance with federal, state, and/or university regulations. Overtime is required; staff will also work a rotating holiday schedule.

Shift Details
7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Sunday - Thursday, days off are Friday and Saturday
7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Tuesday - Saturday, days off are Sunday and Monday
7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday, days off are Saturday and Sunday

Work Location
Multiple sites

Recruiting Incentive
Recruitment incentive available; Qualified candidates are eligible for a sign-on bonus depending on the shift hired to work.

Mon - Fri = up to $2000
Tues - Sat = up to $3000
Sun - Thurs = up to $3000

Details will be provided during the recruitment process.

Work Modality: On Campus. This position is performed fully on campus.

For a detailed job description, please email your request to

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.
Position and Application Details and Instructions:
You are invited to upload the following documents and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
This posting is for multiple openings and will be posted for 90 calendar days. At the end of the 90-day posting period, candidates may reapply to be considered for additional openings.

Successful candidates will be required to self-disclose any conviction history and will be subject to a criminal background check and credential/education verification. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

For additional questions, please contact: VPR Talent (

Additional Information
  • Classification Title: Animal Caretaker I
  • Appointment Type: Merit
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Work Modality Options: On Campus
  • Pay Level: 04
Contact Information
  • Organization: Research/Hygienics Lab
  • Contact Name: VPR Talent
  • Contact Email:

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