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Animal Care Operations Manager IV


Positions are responsible for overseeing campus-wide husbandry operations to ensure that humane and high-quality animal care and use practices are followed within ACS. This is a highly professional position requiring daily contact with the University community and the public. The incumbent must coordinate animal care operations and appropriately direct the activities of coordinators and managers of various sub-units, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws. Assigned to weekend or on-call rosters.

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.

  • Manages and coordinates the operations for laboratory animal care, specialty, cagewash, and logistics operations.
  • Directs on/off campus activities of the coordinators and managers responsible for the various sub-units.
  • Ensures husbandry procedures/practices are in compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws pertaining to laboratory animal facilities.
  • Councils or directs husbandry management and staff in laboratory animal care (such as feeding, watering, cage cleaning, environmental control) and advanced laboratory technology (e.g. axenic, gnotobiology).
  • Oversees husbandry staff evaluations and disciplinary process.
  • Assists with ACS facility renovations, including the design and outfitting of current and new facilities for occupation.
  • Assists with regulatory compliance and quality control process and provides the Assistant Director, Operations with input for updating husbandry standard operating procedures and practices.
  • Acts as the Assistant Director, Operations in their absence.
  • Serves as a member of the ACS and UF/EH&S biosafety security and incident response team for University facilities on/off campus.
  • Coordinates the timely placement of animal cage cards and ensures accurate animal census by husbandry staff.
  • Oversees ACS animal space assignments for investigators working with subordinate managers to resolve space assignment limitations with animal order requests to insure timely housing of new animal orders.
  • Conducts interviews and provides input for hiring applicants for permanent/ temporary employment.
  • Approves assigned staff time in PeopleSoft as well as overtime and weekend work.
  • Assigned to weekend or on-call rosters.

Education and Experience

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

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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