Animal Care Trainer I in Berkeley, CA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 8/10/2018

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Job Description


The trainer, under general supervision, provides direct training on core concepts of animal research, regulatory compliance, and vivarium practices to Animal Technicians, laboratory personnel, and students.  The trainer also facilitates and may coordinate training mandated by federal regulation, the attending veterinarian, or ACUC and provided by other matter experts including the veterinary staff.  Training is essential for compliance with federal, state, and ACUC policies and regulations.  Training also ensures research personnel have essential knowledge for proper behavior in vivaria, ensuring quality research and animal welfare. 

Key Responsibilities:

•Utilizes professional training and development skills to resolve training issues and needs assessment initiatives identified from proficiency assessments of OLAC staff.

•Curriculum Design:

-Develops curriculum for animal technicians, undergraduate and graduate students, laboratory staff, principal investigators, and others as directed by the Supervisor.

-Develops training material utilizing different media sources including digital and print.

-Measure, interpret, and improve training effectiveness and learning curve improvements for outlined products. -Identify and implement opportunities to reduce training time.

-Working knowledge of all animal areas including housing rooms, cage wash and veterinary areas. May act as the SME (subject matter expert) in these areas.

•Direct Training

-Provide direct training using a variety of techniques including blended learning and adult learning principles (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic).

-Ensure classroom logistics such as materials, equipment, supplies, and systems access are organized.

-Identifies training needs of OLAC staff and ensures necessary training is conducted.

-Notifies supervisor of any deficiencies in the animal care program related to knowledge and training.

-Autonomously lead training sessions for animal care technicians, students and laboratory personnel regarding basic animal care skills.

-Maintains appropriate training records.

•Employee Assessment

-Evaluates on-going staff progress through formal proficiency assessments and, in consultation with their supervisor, implements performance improvement interventions.

-Conduct performance assessments to assess agent readiness and provide final approval for new hire certification.

-In consultation with their supervisor and the facility supervisors, design and manage learning interventions for new staff that may not be meeting expectations.

•Works collaboratively and effectively in a diverse environment with others across the organization, important external contacts, and members of campus management at all levels to help resolve highly complex performance and /or training issues.

•Partner with Quality Assurance to ensure training and quality standards are aligned.

•May need to exercises independent judgment in selecting methods and techniques for performance improvement.

•May assist with establishing evaluation criteria for measuring desired results and impact.

•May serve as leader for professional project team members.

Required Qualifications

•Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

•Thorough knowledge of animal areas including housing rooms, cage wash, and veterinary areas.

•Working knowledge of conducting proficiency assessments.

•Creative thinking skills.

•Experience delivering training material and giving presentations.

•Working knowledge of training and delivery methodologies, including those related to adult learning theories.

•Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

•Working knowledge of animal research laws and regulations.

•Ability to interact with students, assess skills and weaknesses, and facilitate training accordingly.

•Selecting and using effective training/instructional methods and procedures.

•Monitoring the training needs and training attitude of trainees.

•Training procedures related to cleaning and maintaining lab cages, animal holding areas, examination and operating rooms and animal loading/unloading facilities to safety for the animals, employees and the facility.

•Trains on daily care of research animal according to department standard operating procedures, state and federal regulations and accrediting agency guidelines.  Comprehensive knowledge of NIH, USDA and AAALAC program rules and requirements.  These duties include but not limited to: providing clean sanitized caging materials, fresh food and water and environmental enrichment on a scheduled and as needed basis.

•Trains and monitors animal health and wellbeing in assigned areas.

•Trains laboratory personnel and students regarding proper handling and care of laboratory animals, appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment, personal safety and proper conduct in vivaria.

Preferred Qualifications

•At least 2 years’ experience training in a laboratory animal facility.

EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at or 844-463-6178.