Animal Support Technician 2 ($2K Signing bonus)

Req ID #:  122714

Cambridge, MA, US, 02142

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 Support Technician 2 for our Insourcing Solutions division to provide continuing support services to our Charles River clients throughout the New England area where you're assigned to various sites based upon need. The AST2 home base is in Cambridge, MA. This is a Full-Time position, with paid holidays and a wonderful benefits package. This position is offering a $2K signing bonus, with an hourly rate of $26.00.


The following are responsibilities related to the Animal Support Tech 2:


The AST2 will learn, train and support cagewash and animal care processes, to include monitor animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations and animal husbandry duties to include: performing daily equipment checks; providing appropriate food and water; performing cage changing and/or cage cleaning; recording animal health concerns. Provide environmental enrichment appropriate to species. These experiences may involve a variety of lab animal species. May be tasked to assist with breeding and weaning procedures to ensure appropriate production levels. 


May be tasked to assist with administrative needs including cage card management, perform data entry and review, manage census data. Attend and participate in on-the-job and classroom training sessions and complete all assigned computer-based safety and professional development training. Provide procedural mentoring to other staff as instructed by Facility Supervisor or Manager.


Ability to perform or obtain competency in routine technical procedures as required, such as body weights, food and water intake measurements, animal identification (e.g., ear tagging), tissue collection, dosing administration (SC, IP, PO). Perform health surveillance sample collections.  Perform surgical preparation, anesthesia administration and monitoring and post-surgical observations and associated record keeping. 

Promptly report facility deficiencies and help formulate a resolution. Initiates action to replenish stock by promptly informing the Facility Supervisor of increase or decrease of consumable levels and completing other related paperwork, receives, unpacks, and delivers goods; re-stocks items as necessary; labels shelves. Inspect all equipment for proper operating conditions and report any defects. Ensure proper maintenance of animal records including, room logs, cage card labels, autoclave records, animal census and other records as required. Under the guidance of supervisor, create the husbandry work schedule for the daily cage changing procedures as well as the additional duty assignments. 

Work Schedule: Sunday-Thursday or Tuesday-Saturday 7:00AM-4:00PM

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum qualifications related to the AST2 position:

  • Education:  High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.). Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Animal Science, Life Sciences or related discipline preferred.
  • Experience:   One to two years related laboratory/research animal husbandry and basic technical experience (dosing/tissue collection) in a laboratory animal facility.
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the ALAT level; LAT preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience and certifications may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Other (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities):  Ability to effectively 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 coworkers, research staff, client and managers. Strong organization skills and attention to detail. Strong written and verbal English communication skills. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Ability to organize and prioritize multiple responsibilities and function independently, as well as within a team environment, with minimal supervision. Ability to effectively resolve problems or issues by using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, and industry regulations.




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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 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.

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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