Animal Care Technologist - EG

Req ID #:  222012

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887

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 Animal Care Technologist for our GEMS-Breed Department located in Wilmington, MA.


The Technologist performs specialized production duties to maintain and monitor the health, production and physical environment of animals within isolators, micro-isolator cages or barrier rooms.  Provides training to departmental staff on all technical skills and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). 


This is temporary opportunity with the potential to become a regular Charles River Labs employee.


Some benefits include:

  • Paid sick time/
  • 401K participation with a company match
  • Paid volunteer time off
  • Use of our onsite gym



  • Responsible for complying with all SOPs pertaining to specific area of responsibility.  Provide input into the creation/revision of SOPs and assist in implementation and training of new SOPs. 
  • Performs specialized duties in the following areas:  packing and shipping animals to customers; performing animal surgeries; biospecimen orders and introducing supplies. 
  • Performs production duties, ensuring proper breeding procedures and maintaining appropriate levels of assigned specialized rodent breeds, including inbred and outbred strains. 
  • Monitors animal health by observing animal behavior, physical appearance, and physical environment.  Identify and report any abnormal findings. 
  • Responsible for collecting health monitoring swabs and following health monitoring schedules. 
  • Maintains the biosecurity of the animal physical environment by following SOPs related to introduction and removal of supplies/animals, isolator inspection and supply inspections. 
  • Maintains accurate departmental and isolator records.   
  • Participates in preparation of reports, order inquiries and completion of customer paperwork as assigned. 
  • Participates in planning/coordination of customer projects for department. 
  • Trains departmental staff on all levels of animal husbandry, production and tasks including feeding, watering and cleaning cages as required.  Monitor animal health visually and by swabbing. 
  • Trains departmental personnel on specialized tasks in the following areas; packing and shipping animals to customer; providing technical training to departmental personnel; performing animal surgeries, biospecimen orders and introducing supplies. 
  • Responsible for QA checks on departmental procedures, developing corrective action items and instituting a follow up plan. 
  • Operates equipment and use supplies according to safety and ergonomic guidelines. 
  • Performs physical environment housekeeping duties and production operations according to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and/or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in order to maintain biosecurity. 
  • Coordinates production activities upon temporary absence of Team Lead. 
  • Adheres to safety procedures and follow ergonomic practices and stretching schedules. 
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.  


  • High School diploma or GED (General Education degree).
  • Two to four years related experience and/or training. 
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 
  • Ability to communicate and follow verbal and written directions accurately.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Must have strong organizational skills.
  • Pays close attention to detail.
  • Proficient in computers (IE:  MS Office Suite). 


  • AALAS certification at the Assistant Technician (ALAT) level.

The hourly pay rate for this position is $21.25.    Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

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 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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