Animal Care/CW Floater-LRT

Req ID #:  87852

Frederick, MD, US, 21701

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.

Job Summary

We are seeking a qualified Animal Care/CW Floater for our Insourcing Solutions sites in the Washington, DC metro area.


The responsibilities of the Animal Care Floater are:


Provide continuing service to Charles River Laboratories clients throughout the Washington DC metro area, and are assigned to various sites based upon need, experience and skills. The Animal Care Floater (LRT) home base is Bethesda, Maryland. Team members are required to be flexible with regards to changing work locations. This is a Full-Time position working Mon-Fri with a probability of altered work schedules, weekends and holidays, typically 40 hours a week. 


Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations and animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include but not limited to: perform daily water bottle /automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning, utilizing microisolator techniques, as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols. Review, comprehend and comply with all SOP's and quality assurance standards.


Perform technical support to include but not limited to: animal handling and restraint, weaning, euthanasia as directed. Maintain accurate records of health, housing/isolator or support areas as required by Institute and facility. Provide environmental enrichment feed and other enrichment stimuli and /or provide behavioral assessments. Receive, inspects and puts away incoming animals and complete related receiving duties. Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.  Assist with receipt, stocking and maintenance of supply inventories.



  • Education:  HS diploma or GED. 
  • Experience:  None required, preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of 6 months experience in cagewash, rodent and NHP animal care.
  • Certification/Licensure:  Ability to achieve AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) within 18 months from start date. (will provide more detail)

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 14,000 employees within 80 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


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 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


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

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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