Animal Care and Breeding Technician I

Req ID #:  201995

La Jolla, CA, US, 92037

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.


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


Explora BioLabs, an entity of Charles River is seeking an Animal Care and Breeding Technician located in La Jolla, CA. 


The Animal Care and Breeding Technician is at the forefront of projects focused on rodent breeding programs, ensuring compliance with SOPs, animal husbandry standards, quality standards, customer expectations, production goals.  This role requires the candidate to be highly motivated and work independently in a fast-paced work environment.


•    Maintains quality performance of services within client expectations including meeting/exceeding standards with regards to animal health and welfare.
•    Manages assigned standard rodent and transgenic mouse breeding colonies.
•    Responsible for accurate computer records of mouse colonies.
•    Monitors genomic conformance to breeding standards.
•    Reserves, selects, and accurately packs animals following established shipping procedures.
•    Ensure that high standards of animal welfare are met.
•    Ensures implementation of all current SOPs.
•    Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications



Education and Experience
•    High School Diploma or equivalent.  


Required Skills/Abilities
•    Able to learn principles of sanitation and disinfection.
•    Have strong organizational skills in performing assigned tasks ane essential duties without supervision.
•    Must be detail oriented and able to multitask.
•    Flexible to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying workload.
•    Able to operate a computer terminal and the server.
•    Have good oral communication skills.

Preferred Experience
•    1 - 2 years of experience as an animal technician preferred.
•    Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school in related field preferred
•    AALAS Certification preferred. 


Special Conditions of Employment
•    Must be willing to work evenings if necessary.
•    Must be willing to work rotational weekends. 
•    Must be willing to work with infectious biologics (BSL-2 conditions).
•    Must be willing to work with animals.


Physical Requirements
•    Dexterity of physical condition to operate all job duties; lift and move objects regularly throughout the shift.
•    Work in a standing position requiring bending and stretching of arms and legs throughout regular work shift.
•    Ability to lift 50 pounds.

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. 

About Research Models & Services 
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond. 


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 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 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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