Animal Care Technician 2

Req ID #:  222861

Washington, DC, US, 20052

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 an experienced Animal Care Technician 2 to join our Insourcing Solutions team, located in Washington, DC.  


As the Animal Care Technician 2, you will perform daily animal health observations to maintain the quality and health of research animals in the facility. 


Additional responsibilities include: 


  • Perform daily water bottle/automatic water line and cage checks, cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; provide food and water; and record health concerns. 
  • Maintain accurate records of animal breeding, housing, or support areas. 
  • Receive, inspect, and house incoming animals; ensure and provide for sentinel animals in each rodent housing area. 
  • Assist with restraint, handling, and manipulation of various animal species. 
  • May become involved in breeding and weaning procedures. 
  • Monitor personnel and equipment entry into various rooms. 
  • Perform cagewash duties and sanitation as needed. 
  • Operate required equipment and perform general housekeeping. 

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum requirements related to the Animal Care Technician II position: 


  • High school diploma or general education degree 

  • Minimum two years directly related laboratory animal experience in an AAALAC accredited facility 

  • ALAT certification required.


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


The pay range for this position is $21.00 - 24.00 USD per hour.  Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including experience, skills, education, certifications, and location. 

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 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, or 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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