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Livestock & Maintenance Officer

Posted date: 15 / 09 / 2023

Important information

  • Reference SAHMRI622
  • Employment type FTC - Full-time Contract
  • Location PIRL - Gilles Plains
  • Applications close Sunday, 08 Oct 2023
  • Contact Tamara.Varcoe@sahmri.com
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Full-Time, 12 Month Contract

At the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.

The Livestock & Maintenance Officer will be responsible for the care, maintenance and wellbeing of research animals, while assisting with the daily operation of preclinical studies at our PreClinical, Imaging and Research Laboratories (PIRL). The role will also be responsible for conducting maintenance and repair activities across the 35-acre property.

About the role

Key responsibilities include:

  • Performing animal husbandry procedures of livestock and research animals including pigs and sheep.
  • Contribute to maintaining a high standard of animal care by feeding, watering and observing research animals.
  • Assisting with cleaning, maintenance and stocking of cages, pens and other animal accommodation.
  • Assisting in the disposal of animal bedding and carcasses.
  • Performing paddock maintenance including spraying, sowing and cultivating.
  • Performing property maintenance including fencing, painting and general repairs.
  • Adhering to correct protocols and standard operating procedures in relation to animal restraint, anaesthesia, injection, immunisation, and blood collection.
  • Recording accurate data regarding the performance of quality assurance protocols, animal procedures and collection of animal products.
  • Cleaning and maintaining animal handling equipment and facilities including research theatres.
  • Carrying out pre- and post-operative monitoring of animals as specified.
  • Preparing animals for surgery including maintenance of pre-op feeding and watering charts.
  • Administering drugs and medications to animals under Veterinary supervision.

About You

The successful candidate will possess the following key attributes:

  • Animal Care / Veterinary Nursing Diploma or Degree in Animal/Science field or equivalent (preferred)
  • Knowledge/experience with general repairs and maintenance including proper use of tools and equipment (essential)
  • Experience in a research environment, particularly in relation to research animal requirements (desirable)
  • Working knowledge of aseptic technique and of the need to adhere to Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Possess good interpersonal skills and have a demonstrated capacity to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Meticulous documentation of information in either written or electronic databases.

Special Requirements

  • Current Driver’s Licence
  • Some out of hours work is required, including weekends and public holidays
  • Regular travel in the metropolitan area and to regional South Australia.
  • Manual handling of animals and Q Fever vaccination is required.
  • This position requires a pre-employment medical examination to determine suitability for the physical requirements of the role.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

As a not-for-profit organisation, SAHMRI employees can access salary packaging options up to $15,900. Salary packaging lets you pay for things like the everyday costs of living with money from your salary before tax. This reduces your taxable income, meaning you could pay less tax and take home more of what you earn. For more information on salary packaging please see the Maxxia website.

For a copy of the position description, please click here.

For more information, please contact Tamara Varcoe (Manager, PIRL) at Tamara.Varcoe@sahmri.com

Applications close: 11:29pm ACST Sunday 8th October 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program. We have been awarded Bronze status for our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEMM.

Applications close Sunday, 08 Oct 2023

Contact Tamara.Varcoe@sahmri.com

Apply now

Equity & Diversity at SAHMRI

At SAHMRI, we live our commitment to equity and diversity every day: respecting people as individuals and valuing differences to create a working environment that is fair and flexible, promotes personal and professional growth and benefits from the capabilities of a diverse workforce.

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