Animal Care Technician 2

Req ID #:  219014

Cambridge, MA, US, 02139

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 Animal Care Technician II to join our Insourcing Solutions team, located in Watertown, MA.

Why work at Charles River?
We adhere to strong values, share the same mission, that together, we create healthier lives. Our culture is one of endless opportunity, purpose and creating change. We are committed to empowering our employees with the tools and programs they need to develop rewarding careers. We offer competitive benefits and excellent training programs for all our employees.


What impact will you have?
As the Animal Care Technician II, you will monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing health observations to ensure the quality and health of the research animals in your care. It will be your responsibility to review, comprehend and comply with all SOPs and quality assurance standards pertaining to these animals. 


You will also be responsible for:

  • Perform animal care and husbandry to include daily water bottle/automatic water line and cage checks, cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; provide food and water; and record health concerns. Perform cagewash duties.
  • Maintain accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing/isolator, or support areas.
  • Receive, inspect, and house incoming animals; ensuring sentinel animal are in each rodent housing area.
  • Assist with restraint, handling, and manipulation of various animal species.
  • May become involved in breeding and weaning procedures.
  • Will be trained on triaging health cases, malocclusion, treatment of wounds and other skills necessary.
  • Monitor personnel and equipment entry into various rooms.
  • Operate required equipment and performs general housekeeping.

Who are we looking for?

A candidate that possesses a high school diploma or general education degree is required; minimum 2 years directly related laboratory animal experience in an AAALAC accredited facility. ALAT certification required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


The pay range for this position is $23.00 - 26.00 USD 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, 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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