Animal Care Technician 2

Req ID #:  134214

Boston, MA, US, 02210

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

Charles River labs is seeking an Animal Care Technician 1, to join their team for their client in Boston, MA.  The candidate will observe, monitor and document the health and physical environment within the client’s animal facility. Perform animal care and husbandry, including receiving, cage wash duties and sanitation.

•    Review, comprehend and comply with all SLPs and training pertaining to laboratory animals and staff safety.
•    Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations. Perform animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SLP and/or specified protocols.  
•    Capable to changing 1000 complete cage set-ups on a weekly basis.
•    Manages own work to ensure that agreed targets are met in a timely manner and to agreed quality standards and welfare
•    Perform daily cage wash duties and sanitation.  Follows sanitization schedules within vivarium.
•    Provide basic start up and shut down procedures on equipment (cage washer, autoclave, water production)
•    Perform quality assurance measures (temperature temps, watering testing, BIs, RODAC and/or ATP monitoring) and maintain such records.
•    Maintain accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing including for any support areas. 
•    Assist with restraint, handling and manipulation of various animal species as needed. 
•    Dispose of animal carcasses following established procedures.
•    Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas.
•    Receive, inspect and house incoming animals.
•    Use applicable software for the tracking of animals including census and generation of cage cards.
•    May be involved in maintaining and following breeding and weaning procedures to ensure appropriate production levels.
•    Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures.
•    Maintain required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Animal Care Technician 2 position:

  • Education:  High school diploma, General Education Degree (G.E.D.) or equivalent required.  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in animal or life sciences field preferred.
  • Experience:  Two to four years husbandry experience in a laboratory animal facility.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the LAT level required.
  • Other: Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are   conducive to effective communication and that contribute to a congenial work environment. Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner with clients, customers, coworkers, and supervisors. Ability to read, write, speak and understand English. Computer literacy in word processing and database record keeping helpful




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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 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 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. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

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