Animal Facility Spec. (Floor Leader)

Req ID #:  215060

Bethesda, MD, US, 20892

For 70 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.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.

Job Summary


We are seeking an Animal Facility Spec. (Floor Leader) for our Insourcing Solutions site located in Bethesda, MD


The following are responsibilities are related to the AFS/Floor Leader:

  • Review, comprehend and comply with all SOP's and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific areas.
  • Create the husbandry work schedule for the daily cage changing procedures as well as the additional duty assignments.
  • Conduct room inspections to assess the animals’ health and cage environment as well as all related paperwork and record keeping.
  • Researching personnel issues involving the animal care staff. The specific responsibilities include gathering the factual pieces of information, compiling this information, and submitting it to the Husbandry Supervisor or designee.
  • Provide direction to the husbandry staff on Operations and Facility issues.  Specific responsibilities include investigating operational issues, including gathering information and details, compiling the information, and submitting/presenting it along with recommendation(s) for resolution of the situation/issue to the Husbandry Supervisor.  Note: Based on the complexity of the issue, the Husbandry Supervisor may delegate the responsibility of resolving the issue and / or following through and notifying the appropriate persons to the Floor Leader.
  • Provide training and mentorship to new hires in the duties and responsibilities of animal care and facility operations.  Any training provided should be documented in the employee’s training records within 1 business day. 
  • As needed, monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations, animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.
  • Maintain accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing/isolator or support areas as required by Institute and facility. 
  • Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas, including entry of personnel and equipment into facility, room or other controlled areas.
  • Receive, inspect and put away incoming animals; ensure and provide for sentinel animals in each rodent housing area as appropriate.
  • Provide quality assurance to include animal health surveillance, monitoring of effectiveness of facility sanitation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), as well as internal facility reports for monitoring deviations from pre-established facility parameters.
  • Assure that adequate inventories of routinely used items are continuously available. 
  • Maintain a current knowledge of existing and proposed laws, regulations, and guidelines affecting the care and use of animals.


The following are minimum qualifications related to the AFS/Floor Leader position:

  • Education:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. 
  • Experience:  Three or more year’s related animal care and handling experience required in combination with facility and equipment knowledge.
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the ALAT level required; must be eligible for LAT and obtain within a year of hire or promotion. 
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 


IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


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 18,000 employees within 100 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 >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

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, 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 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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