First listed on: 01 May 2022

Animal Technician 


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The Opportunity

  • Work in a world-class research and development precinct
  • Use your love for research and animal welfare in your daily work
  • Help make a difference in the unique environment at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness

As an Animal Technician at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), you will be a part of the Biocontainment Werribee Animal Health Facility (WAHF) site responsible to provide support with animal husbandry, collection of samples from research animals, data collection and storage, liaison with scientists and veterinarians, promotion of animal welfare and development of quality assurance systems with a particular focus on poultry, livestock, wildlife species and small mammals.

You’ll be a part of a small team of dedicated staff assisting in the day to day running of the facility with a focus on animal husbandry welfare, research assistance, waste management and facility maintenance within the usual OHSE guidelines and compliance. This role will involve weekend work on a roster basis and typically will include one weekend per month, including public holidays.

What is exciting about this job! If you already have a strong background in animal husbandry with a focus on research on laboratory and agricultural animal species and enjoy the flexible nature of work or would like to build a career in it, then this is the perfect role for you.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Your duties will include:

  • Provide animal husbandry, animal health monitoring and animal welfare support daily
  • Undertake and complete tasks under technical direction, working with discretion to decide on the timing of various operation support on-site.
  • Maintain records of animal ID, monitor health, and manage facility alongside equipment monitoring logs for the upkeep of research data and the facility.
  • Assist in the collection of biological samples from various species of animals to support research and regularly liaise with scientists, lab techs and vets and attend to their technical details.
  • Develop and maintain relevant quality standards as per the site requirement.
  • Supervise and assist other staff, cleaners, and contractors in decontamination of rooms, animal enclosures and equipment as per protocols.

Location: Werribee Animal Health Facility (Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness)
Salary: AU$66k – AU$84k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite full-time
Reference: 83621

To be considered you will need:

  • Diploma in Animal Studies or relevant experience in a similar research environment
  • Experience with husbandry and handling a broad range of species such as domestic livestock, laboratory animals and/or wildlife.
  • Demonstrated competence in routine husbandry and management procedures in veterinary or medical research or diagnostic facility, or on a farm.
  • Willingness to work with animals infected with zoonotic agents, following appropriate training including the wearing of personal protective equipment including Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR).
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accurate records and understand the purpose of such records in research and diagnostic facility.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, maintaining the highest welfare standards.

For full details about this role and the desired selection criteria please view the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens only.

Appointment to this role is subject to the provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

22 May 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT.

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