Animal Care Technician I

Req ID #:  214129

Watertown, MA, US, 02474

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.


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


Explora BioLabs, an entity of Charles River, is seeking an Animal Care Technician I located in Watertown, MA. 


In this role, the incumbent will perform basic animal husbandry techniques following all applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the specific work area.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



•    Ensure that high standards of animal welfare are met.
•    Provide food, water and clean housing to animals according to applicable SOPs.
•    Perform routine animal health observations.
•    Monitor temperature and humidity, reporting any issues to supervisor or manager.
•    Receive, unpack, and house animals according to SOP and Animal Receiving Form
•    Understand proper room entry order and adhere to biosafety requirements
•    Maintain accurate records
•    Maintain vivarium cleanliness and waste removal in accordance with applicable SOPs.
•    Order and maintain accurate supply inventory
•    Maintain and organize supply areas.
•    Other duties as assigned.


The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.

Incumbents will perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. 

Job Qualifications


Physical Requirements: 

•    Dexterity of physical condition to operate all job duties; lift and move objects regularly throughout the shift.
•    Work in a standing position requiring bending and stretching of arms and legs throughout regular work shift.
•    Ability to lift 50 pounds.

Education and Experience:

•    High School Diploma or equivalent required.


Preferred Experience:

•    AALAS certification a plus

Special Conditions of Employment: 

•    Must avoid contact with rodent species outside of work. 
•    Must have reliable transportation in order to travel site-to-site within job site(s) area during regular shift and/or on weekend/holiday shifts as assigned. 
•    Must be willing to work rotational weekends/holidays. 


The pay range for this position is $22-24 per hour. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

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. 

About Research Models & Services 
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond. 


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 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 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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