Animal Care Technician 1 - Position includes a $1,000 sign on bonus

Req ID #:  182854

San Diego, CA, US, 92121

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 Care Technician for our Insourcing Solutions site in San Diego, CA.


Position includes a $1,000 sign on bonus


The essential duties of the Animal Care Technician are:

•    Perform routine animal husbandry and welfare duties as directed for rodents.
•    Perform minor clinical treatments as ordered by Veterinarian, Treatments will be limited to oral medications (pills or capsules), application of topical treatments, administration of eye ointment, provision of gelled water source or pellet feeding on cage floor (rodents). 
•    Supply appropriate food and water for animals housed in the vivarium 
•    Clean and provide animal housing and associated materials/equipment within assigned animal rooms 
•    Observe and report status of animal health, food and water consumption, appearance, behavior; and provide support in animal health monitoring  
•    Observe and record vivarium environmental conditions 
•    Perform sanitation duties within assigned animal rooms and vivarium areas 
•    Maintain and perform housekeeping of facility support areas 
•    Serve as primary cage wash technicians 
•    Support cage wash equipment operations and maintenance 
•    May receive animal deliveries as required 
•    May provide training support for new Charles River employees in the duties and responsibilities of animal care and facility operations 
•    May facilitate AALAS learning and development opportunities for CRL employees 
•    Adhere to Charles River and client departmental safety policies and departmental SOPs and guidelines while demonstrating competency in facility safety protocols 
•    Establish and maintain appropriate and quality communication, teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation 
•    Access and perform basic computer based tasks such as email, online forms, web-based training and other basic programs 

Job Qualifications


Education:  High school diploma, General Education Degree (G.E.D.) or equivalent required.  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in animal or life sciences field preferred.
•    Experience:  Minimum of one year directly related laboratory animal experience in an AAALAC accredited facility.
•    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 certified as ALAT within 18 months of hire.
•    Other:  Proficiency with basic animal identification methods. 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, and managers. Strong organization skills and attention to detail. Strong written and verbal English communication skills. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.

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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