Animal Attendant and Animal Technician

Sydney, Australia
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Appointment Type: Two x 2-year fixed term, part-time positions, start January 2019
  • Salary Package:
    • Animal Attendant, HEW Level 3, 2 days per week from $56,579 - $64,592 p.a. pro-rata
    • Animal Technician, HEW Level 4, 3 days per week from $65,164 - $70,232 p.a. pro-rata Plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading for both appointments
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Roles – Two part-time positions

We are seeking two passionate animal carers to join the Macquarie Animal Research Services (MARS) team as either an Animal Attendant or an Animal Technician on a part-time basis. These roles are available from January 2019. The Animal Attendant position is available for two days per week. The Animal Technician position is available for three days per week.

This is your opportunity to provide hands-on animal husbandry and care to research animals ensuring a high standard of animal welfare is met and the animal facilities are well maintained. Working as part of a friendly, busy team you will also ensure animal records are kept up to date and provide support to research staff with regards to animal welfare. Additional key tasks for the Animal Technician include providing general direction and guidance to team members and liaising with internal and external clients.

About You

Drawing on your relevant qualifications and/or previous experience in animal care, you will have an understanding of the day-to-day operation of an animal facility and knowledge of safety and regulatory compliance requirements.

As the successful candidate, you will need to prioritise animal welfare and the needs of the research staff and students collaborating with your team, and maintain excellent attention to detail in every activity.

About Us

MARS is responsible for the breeding and care of animals used for research and teaching and the maintenance of the animal holding facilities. Operating within a highly regulated environment, the team is committed to high animal welfare standards while supporting Macquarie University’s research through efficient delivery of services.

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To Apply

To be considered for these positions, please apply online. You will be asked to select whether you are applying for a position as an Animal Attendant, or an Animal Technician or both positions. In the application process, attach your resume and a separate cover letter (no more than 3 pages) that outlines how you meet the selection criteria below:

Essential Selection Criteria for both positions

  • Certificate III in Animal Technology, Animal Care and Management, Zoo Keeping or other relevant qualification
  • Demonstrated skills and experience working in an animal facility
  • Experience providing a high level of customer service and an ability to build and manage relationships
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Working knowledge of the NSW Animal Research legislation
  • Working knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and regulations as they relate to animals and animal ethics

Additional Selection Criteria for the Animal Technician position

  • Diploma in Animal Technology or other relevant qualification
  • Demonstrated experience handling and caring for various animal species
  • Prior experience providing general direction and guidance to staff members
  • Prior involvement in animal research

For further information regarding the roles please view the position descriptions: Animal Attendant_3.pdf and Animal Technician_4.pdf cli

Please note, both positions require:

  • a criminal record check
  • Ability to undertake weekend work on a roster pattern, currently monthly

Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Ronny Eidels Shimonny, Head MARS on or 02 9850 7778

General Recruitment Enquiries: Patsy Moss at

Applications Close: Sunday, 25 November at 11:55 pm AEDT

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