Animal Care Technician III ($500 Signing Bonus)

Req ID #:  215042

Poolesville, MD, US, 20837

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are looking for an Lead Animal Care Technician to join our Insourcing Solutions team located in Poolesville, MD.

How will you have an impact?
This is the moment to use your talents and imagine those talents contributing to improving global health and peoples’ lives. In the Lead ACT role, you can do that by ensuring the health and well-being of all rodent and NHP species, as well as the integrity of the research. 

Why work at Charles River? 
We offer an excellent onboarding program for our new employees, internal career development, and competitive benefits!

What you will do!
In the Lead Animal Care Technician role, you will use existing SOPs and quality assurance standards to monitor animal health and welfare by performing daily health observations and animal husbandry duties to maintain the quality and health of research animals, as well as assist with technical procedures. You will also be asked to maintain accurate and legible records relating to animals and facility functions, and you may be requested to assist with restraint, handling, and manipulation of various animal species. Additional tasks could include receiving, inspecting, and housing incoming animal shipments; operating necessary equipment; and performing general housekeeping.


The Lead ACT role also coordinates day-to-day activities for the animal care staff, as well as mentorship to existing staff and providing training to new hires, in addition to presenting any required weekly training material to all animal care staff. This position will partner with management assist with any necessary investigation into issues concerning animal care staff. The Lead ACT will also ensure compliance with and provide support to the NHP environmental enrichment and psychological well-being plan, as well as PMP. Strict enforcement of procedures to maintain animal housing areas is a must. 

This position also supports facility troubleshooting, identifies and repairs facility-related maintenance needs, and addresses areas of concern. In addition, this role participates in data collection and resolution submission during investigations; routinely participates in the QA program and takes part in QC initiatives; monitors room sanitation; and performs minor facility repairs (including repairs to fence lines and caging).

Who we are looking for?

A candidate that possesses a high school diploma or GED, and three or more years of related animal care and handling experience. AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) required. AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician level (LAT) or have equivalent training and experience to achieve ALAT-level certification.  


The pay range for this position is $28.00 - 30.00 per hour.  Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.


If you are interested in contributing to the well-being of our communities, not only across the country but around the world, please join us and BE THE DIFFERENCE!

About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, veteran or disability status.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to [email protected]. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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