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Animal Care Operations Manager II


Positions are responsible for coordinating and managing specialty operations within Animal Care Services (ACS). Will assist the senior manager with the oversight of assigned area or facility. Provides direct supervision of subordinate managers and assigned technicians performing specialized duties for a variety of species being used for biomedical research, including USDA covered and not covered species in their assigned area or facility. Maintains detailed animal records. The manager will provide and coordinate technical services. Assigned to weekend or on-call rosters. Managers will oversee either the daily care of the animals in a facility and/or oversee unique operations requirements of a specialty area. May assist with oversight of projects, personnel and training in the area.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Under strict guidelines from regulatory agencies, UF EH&S, and ACS SOP’s, responsible for providing and coordinating animal husbandry to a variety of species being used for biomedical research and teaching including covered and uncovered species in specialty operations as well as performing tasks as needed.
  • Responsible for technicians’ annual performance appraisals and training development.
  • Conducts interviews and provides input for hiring applicants for permanent/ temporary employment.
  • Maintains sanitation and work schedules for assigned facilities ensuring AAALAC standards, federal/state laws/regulations, and University polices for research animal care are maintained.
  • Conducts on-going animal care and enrichment training and instruction for all ACS staff working with assigned animals.
  • Responsible for maintaining animal records such as USDA records, clinical records, cage cards, breeding records, census records, etc.
  • Identifies incoming animals and supervises housing according to specific instructions.
  • Ensures technicians make gross observations of animal health and report findings daily by completing and submitting electronic health reports.
  • Coordinates work tasks and quality assurance testing with other ACS sections and others as necessary.
  • Provides technical assistance to both research and ACS staff.
  • Assists with regulatory compliance and quality control process and provides ACS management with input for updating husbandry standard operating procedures and practices.
  • Approves assigned staff time in PeopleSoft as well as overtime and weekend work.
  • Acts as the Animal Care Operations Manager III in their absence.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in an appropriate area; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and two years of relevant experience, and AALAS LATG certification at time of hire. Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Licensure and Certification

AALAS Certified Manager of Animal Resources (CMAR) certification within 15 months of hire. UF Supervisory Challenge completed within 18 months of hire. A valid state driver’s license.


Supervises other professionals and animal care technicians.

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