Farm Technician 1 1

Req ID #:  109982

Norwich, CT, US, 06360

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.


We are seeking a Farm Tech for our Avian site located in Norwich, CT. 


The following are the responsibilities related to the Farm Technician position:

  • Assist in a number of different areas on the farms: hatchery, poultry houses (brooding and production), egg processing, packing, egg pickup, house recycles, vaccine bird houses, bird moves, and grounds upkeep.
  • Perform all required duties associated with the SPF hatchery, including hatching of chicks, beak treatments, chick sorting, dubbing, cleaning equipment.
  • Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of all company facilities and grounds, including mowing, trimming, pesticide and herbicide application, snow removal, light maintenance.
  • Operate egg sanitizing machine, collection tables and conveyance systems; collect eggs, process; grade, re-inspect and pack eggs according to packing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and/or special customer instruction.
  • Monitor and maintain bird condition by observing feather cover, temperament and body weights.
  • Monitor and adjust as needed feed, water environmental conditions and ventilation systems for the production house.
  • Euthanize birds as required by management and remove dead birds.
  • Perform required environmental testing.
  • Perform required health testing, blood sampling, cloacal swabs, fecal material sample collection.
  • Accurately complete required recordkeeping documents/forms.
  • Perform general housekeeping duties and basic maintenance of equipment.
  • Adhere to biosecurity procedures in the performance of all duties.
  • Adhere to the company’s animal welfare policies.
  • Disinfect supplies, equipment, the building entry lock system and rooms according to SOP
  • Follow the company’s environmental health and safety policies and practices.

The following are minimum requirements for the Farm Technician position.

  • High school diploma or GED and one (1) year of related work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Must be flexible with work schedule.  
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently.


The following are the preferred qualifications related to the Farm Technician position:

  • Experience in light maintenance 
  • Experience in agriculture 


About Avian
Our Avian business group provides vaccine manufacturers and researchers the comfort of knowing that the raw materials used in their manufacturing process are free of extraneous agents. Charles River has established flock handling and egg production procedures that set the global industry standard.


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


Nearest Major Market: Hanover
Nearest Secondary Market: Chesterfield

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