Animal Facility Specialist I ($2K Signing Bonus)

Req ID #:  174693

Poolesville, MD, US, 20837

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

Come work for an organization whose passion comes from their commitment to helping you help others, where our values guide our decisions and actions; they're the standards we hold ourselves to each day. Be the Difference! CARE, LEAD, OWN AND COLLOBORATE.


We offer an excellent benefits package, and the opportunity to work with an amazing team and support a research community in their research endeavors!! Not mention a $2000 Signing Bonus!!


As an Animal Facility Specialist at our Charles River, Insourcing Solutions site in Poolesville, MD; you will provide oversight for the activities of the animal husbandry program. The animal care staff will need leadership and coaching for their continued success.  You’ll assist with providing quality assurance to include animal health surveillance, monitoring of the effectiveness of facility and equipment sanitation, monitoring of incoming animal shipments for container integrity and animal health, monitor the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), internal facility reports for monitoring deviations from pre-established parameters, other quality assurance services as deemed necessary by the project manager. On an as needed basis monitor daily animal husbandry, and perform animal health observations, animal husbandry, and provide support to the nonhuman primate environmental enrichment and psychological well-being plan.


Oversees the cagewash operations and related task; audits all caging equipment to identify defects, tags those in need of repairs and sends to welder shed. Once welder has repaired, ensure caging is now in working order. Submits work orders for facility repairs, replacements, issues, etc. You’ll prepare and set up rooms for incoming animal shipments; oversee and assist with unpacking these animals’ by inspecting and housing them. Rooms will also get decommissioned as needed and repairs will need to be done to include replacing water lines, lixits, etc. All work is done following established SOP’s; Animal Welfare Act and the Guide for the Care and Use of Lab Animals.

Job Qualifications

  • Education:  High School diploma/GED
  • Experience:  Three years’ experience in a laboratory animal facility with experience in handling/restraint skills with nonhuman primates.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the Lab Animal Technician level (LAT) or higher preferred.

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. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


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 18,000 employees within 100 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 >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

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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