Cage Washer I

Req ID #:  221096

Spencerville, OH, US, 45887

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.

Job Summary

We are seeking a full-time Cage Wash Technician for our Cage Wash Team at our Safety Assessment site located in Spencerville, OH.


A Cage Washer I is responsible for performing basic preventative maintenance and upkeep of processing equipment in assigned areas.  Also responsible for assisting in maintaining inventory of cage wash, animal care, and laboratory supplies for assigned area.


Essential Functions (The fundamental Competencies/Skills & Responsibilities of the role (products and services provided/results accomplished) include, but are not limited to, those listed: 


  • Ensure good welfare and humane care for all animals worked with through gentle, positive human-animal interactions.

  • Operate pressure washer and industrial cage washers.

  • Clean and maintain all cages, automatic water lines, and other related equipment.

  • Assist with inventory of cage wash and laboratory supplies for assigned area.

  • Perform and document in the appropriate log the function(s) performed.

  • Review documentation of functions performed as part of quality control requirements.

  • Perform basic preventative maintenance and upkeep of processing equipment in assigned areas.

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


The pay for this position is $17/hr. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

Job Qualifications

 (Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities required to accomplish the essential job duties)

  • Education: High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.) preferred. 

  • Experience: Previous high pressure washer experience preferred.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Certification/Licensure: None, unless required by local government.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities to achieve goals.

  • Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite), commensurate with essential functions, including the ability to learn a validated system.

  • Ability to ensure that a safe working environment is maintained by observing all safety procedures and working methods by making proper use of protective clothing and equipment, and by reading, understanding, and following all safety documents issued or notified of.

  • Ability to ensure the integrity of the studies and fulfill the regulatory agencies requirements by performing the activities according to the Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Business Operating Procedures (BOP) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) rules.   

  • Ability to work extended hours beyond normal work schedule to include, but not limited to evenings, weekends, extended shifts, and/or extra shifts, sometimes on short notice.

  • Ability to work under specific time constraints.


Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and arms to control the pressure washer and to move laboratory cages.

  • Frequent reaching, bending, pulling, and crouching is required in the sanitization of cages that weigh approximately 400 pounds (on casters).

  • Stands for up to 90% of the workday.


Work Environment:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly wears protective clothing (goggles, face mask, ear plugs, gloves, scrubs, and boots) and has regular work with caustic chemicals.

  • Regularly exposed to wet and humid conditions.

  • Occasionally works outside in weather conditions.

  • Regularly works with moving mechanical parts.

  • The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 300 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.


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 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 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 [email protected]. 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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