Classification LA10 (Band )

State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Performs routine and semiroutine duties to assist professional staff engaged in agricultural research, animal research or wildlife management.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

Examples of Work:

(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)

Feeds and waters animals used in laboratory research.
Cleans and disinfects animals' quarters.
Examines animals for signs of illness and treats them according to instructions.
Assists professional staff in the performance of surgical or medical procedures on animals.
Oversees the planting, cultivation or harvesting of trees and crops and the raising of livestock and poultry.
Operates, maintains and repairs equipment used in agricultural research and demonstrations.
Maintains wildlife management areas; plants and cultivates crops for wildlife.
Collects field data and samples.
Prepares materials or animals prior to laboratory testing.
Performs routine tests in a specialized area of agricultural science.
Records data from laboratory experiments.
Maintains appropriate records.
Guides hunters and visitors in wildlife management areas.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)

Knowledge of safety practices relevant to the area of employment.
Knowledge of how to properly care for research animals or livestock.
Knowledge of the prevention and treatment of animal injuries and illnesses.
Knowledge of how to carry out farming tasks.
Knowledge of natural habitats and of the methods for their preservation.
Knowledge of how to conduct routine scientific tests relevant to the area of employment.
Skill in the use or operation of agricultural tools and equipment.
Skill in the operation of motor vehicles.
Ability to perform basic mathematical operations.
Ability to follow detailed instructions properly.
Ability to record data accurately and maintain records properly.

State Minimum Training and Experience

State Necessary Special Requirements:

Some positions require a valid driver's license. Certification as a laboratory animal technician may be required for positions responsible for the care of laboratory animals.

Minimum Requirements:

(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

A high school diploma.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

This classification is not currently used at MUSC. Please contact the Department of Human Resources for more information.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

(Note: The following descriptions are applicable to this section: Continuous - 6-8 hours per shift; Frequent - 2-6 hours per shift; Infrequent - 0-2 hours per shift)

Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Continuous)
Ability to climb using step stool. (Infrequent)
Ability to work in temperature extremes (32° F to 100 ° F) when required due to assignments in cold rooms and/or foreign countries. (Infrequent)
Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function. (Continuous)
Ability to lift and carry 4 liter waste material bottles a distance of 30 feet, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. to 30 lbs. jugs of liquird a distance of 100 feet, unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to file boxes from floor level to counter tops, unassisted. (Frequent)
Abiilty to lift materials up to 20 lbs., unassisted. (Infrequent)
Ability to lift 25 lbs. boxes from floor level to a maximum height of 72". (Infrequent)
Ability to lift 40 lbs. centrifuge rotors, from floor level to a height of 40 inches, then down 20 inches into centrifuge drum. (Infrequent)
Ability to push/pull file boxes from one location to another at floor level, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to maneuver heavy equipment on bench tops (Frequent)
Ability to reach, stretch, bend, while moving items/materials from both sitting and standing positions. (Frequent)
Ability to conduct a variety of hand pipefitting operations. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain 20/40 vision in both eyes, corrected. (Continuous)
Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous)
Ability to hear and recognize various alarms emitting from work area systems. (Continuous)
Ability to work in a darkroom for processing film, etc. (Continuous)
Ability to qualify for the use of cartridge respirators. (Continuous)
Ability to work in dusty areas. (Infrequent)
May require working with animals of various sizes.