Animal Facility Technician

Animal Facility Technician
Animal Facility Technician

7 September, 2017

of Science –

Full time, fixed term opportunity from January 2018 until 31 December 2022.

Professional staff level 3 position.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join The Faculty of Science in the role of Animal Facility Technician. You will coordinate research experiments and train others to conduct research on New Caledonian crows and kea at sites in Christchurch and New Caledonia. The role requires the successful applicant to work from New Caledonia, Christchurch and Auckland locations.

The role:

  • Research: Ensure animals are adequately trained to complete cognitive experiments within the facility, maintain confidential records of activities and write reports as required
  • Teaching: Train and supervise students in the facility to use safe operating procedures and to ensure ethical research is conducted
  • Facility Management: Ensure the smooth running of the facility including animal welfare, updating databases, budget maintenance, and safety and ensuring operating procedures are compliant and regulated

Our ideal candidate will:

  • possess a degree (preferably a masters) in a related science field
  • have experience in maintaining animals in captivity and a proven ability to train others to use standard operating procedures for behavioural research
  • be a confident communicator with the ability to liaise and coach others.

Why work for us?

The University is committed to providing an excellent working through flexible employment practices and a culture that encourages and supports staff to reach their full potential. We offer a competitive salary, five weeks’ annual leave per year, and over 300 different career development courses. In addition, the University offers a company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, childcare and a number of other subsidies on internal and external services.


Applications close on Sunday, 15 October 2017. All applications must be made online.

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The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Maori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, equity groups, parenting support and flexible work go to

Direct enquiries only please – no agencies.

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