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University of Colorado Fish Facility Coordinator (Animal Care Technican III) in Aurora, Colorado

University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

  • Section of Developmental Biology *

*Fish Facility Coordinator (Animal Care III) *

Position #760955 – Requisition #16193

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental Biology, has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Fish Facility Coordinator (Animal Care Technician III) position.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care.

*Nature of Work:*

This full time position will provide high quality daily care and maintenance of fish used in research within the Zebrafish Facility of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Under the direction of the Zebrafish Investigators Committee, this position involves significant and varied technical activities to support the management of aquaculture facilities and laboratory populations of fish. This position will perform operational, husbandry, and customer service functions and will be responsible for operating multiple recirculating aquaculture systems and ensuring that optimal animal health and productivity is sustained, all in accordance with federal and institutional regulations and policies.

_Examples of Duties:_

  • Coordinates the activities of laboratory technicians, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in the zebrafish facilities, ensuring that standard operating procedures are followed, and laboratory facilities are effectively utilized; communicates facility-related news, deadlines, policy changes in person and via email to all users

  • Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots sophisticated recirculating aquaculture systems, as well as aquatics tank washers, feeding robots, and integrated electronic water quality monitoring systems, all observing standard operating procedures and safety guidelines; coordinates service to units, if required/as required

  • Oversees zebrafish stock database to track inventories and breeding history

  • Coordinates import and export of zebrafish stocks with other zebrafish facilities

  • Troubleshoots animal health and welfare issues and communicates them to Office of Animal Research (OLAR) veterinarian

  • Performs various husbandry tasks, including spawning, in-vitro fertilization, cryopreservation and numerous other procedures that involve the handing of fish; develop new and more efficient techniques based on experience and data collected

  • Oversees the operation of live invertebrate cultures, nurseries, and experimental areas

  • Oversees all water quality testing; implements troubleshooting approaches when values move out of desired ranges, communicating them to OLAR Facility Manager

  • Provides orientation training and ongoing assistance and training with fish and aquaculture systems to scientific staff; provides training to part-time and full time zebrafish care technicians, as well as aquaculture interns

  • Attends conferences and courses, consults with other researchers, and participates in other professional activities to maintain level of continuing education to provide information to supplement existing procedures

  • Ensures compliance with safety procedures for the handling, storage and disposal of flammable, corrosive, toxic and radioactive substances

  • Maintains inventories of consumable supplies and equipment for the facility and submits orders when necessary

  • Participates in the hiring, training, management and evaluation of animal care staff

  • Evaluation of feeding practices and implementation of necessary feeding modifications for a 5000 tank zebrafish facility

  • Oversight and management of breeding strategies to maintain more than 500 distinct genetic lines of zebrafish

  • Training of and coordination of facility use by more than 40 students, postdoctoral fellow, PRA, and faculty users.

This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates may be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

_Salary and Benefits:_

The salary range for this position has been established at $45,000 - $56,820 and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is overtime eligible.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

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TheUniversity of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campusis committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

TheUniversity of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campusis dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

_Minimum Qualifications:_

  • Three (3) years prior experience working with an aquaculture environment

/Substitution: Appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis./

_Conditions of Employment:_

  • Must be willing and able to successfully pass a national criminal background check

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • Prior experience managing within an academic/industry laboratory environment; experience such as managing people, equipment and compliance

  • Prior animal husbandry experience

  • Prior water quality maintenance experience


  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels including but not limited to: scientific staff, ARP staff, hospital engineering, and service/equipment vendors

  • Strong technical ability in laboratory procedures

  • Ability to use databases

  • Outstanding customer service skills

Job: *Health Care

Organization: *U0001 -- Denver-Anschutz Administration

Title: Fish Facility Coordinator (Animal Care Technican III)

Location: Aurora

Requisition ID: 16193