Lab Animal Technician III (Zebrafish Facility)

Req ID #:  188233

Bethesda, MD, US, 20892-0602

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 looking for a Lab Animal Technician III (Zebrafish Facility) to join our Insourcing Solutions team located in Bethesda, 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 LAT role you can do that by ensuring the health and well-being of all the aquatic species in the facilities, 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, competitive benefits, $1,000 Sign-On Bonus, and $23 an hour. 

What you will do!
You will utilize existing quality standards and procedures to provide colony management support for aquatic species, namely Zebrafish, Xenopus Laevis, and Xenopus tropicalis. This will include maintaining accurate and detailed daily records of information like colony health, water quality, breeding, and housing utilizing both written log sheets and computer databases, as well as reporting any abnormalities appropriately. Recognizing and reporting various parasites, abnormal clinical values, and/or animal behavior is an important part of this role’s function, as is performing technical procedures related to aquatic species (such as animal breeding and embryo collection), and culturing of live feeds to help screen for specific mutations. 


In addition, you will provide day-to-day direction to teammates to ensure all work is performed. Actively interact with customers to resolve customer requests, inquiries, and concerns, as well as provide technical assistance. Troubleshooting and performing preventative maintenance on aquatic support equipment and systems and maintaining supply inventories across multiple facilities.

Job Qualifications


Who are we looking for?
The ideal candidate would be a great team player, possess leadership skills and have great observational skills to identify possible problems with the habitat systems or animal health. Possess a B.S. in Biological Sciences with 1.5 years’ experience working with aquatic species: or a High School Diploma/A. A degree and 2 years working in an aquatic animal research husbandry facility. 


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!

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.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require 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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