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Animal Caretaker I

Job ID: req1410
Employee Type: nonexempt full-time
Facility: NIH
Location: NIH Campus 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.  The lab addresses some of the most urgent and intractable problems in the biomedical sciences in cancer and AIDS, drug development and first-in-human clinical trials, applications of nanotechnology in medicine, and rapid response to emerging threats of infectious diseases.

Our core values of accountability, compassion, collaboration, dedication, integrity, and versatility serve as a guidepost for how we do our work every day in serving the public’s interest.  

 Position Overview:

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION         

The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals.

KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Variety of routine tasks associated with the general laboratory animal care in biomedical research
  • Feeding and housing laboratory animals
  • General laboratory animal housekeeping
  • Cleaning tasks associated with the upkeep of a research animal facility
  • Ordering and stocking supplies
  • Keeping simple records
  • Utilizing computer skills for email, training, and basic data entry
  • Operate automatic washing and cleaning equipment
  • Work schedule may include weekend and holiday hours

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Requires an 8th grade education or higher
  • Ability to keep basic records
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and wear respiratory protective equipment as necessary
  • Basic knowledge of computers
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to handle laboratory animals
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Eagerness to learn new skills
  • Excellent organization and observation skills 

JOB HAZARDS

  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to animal(s) and/or animal material(s)
  • This position is subject to working with or have potential for exposure to infectious material, requiring medical clearance and immunizations
  • This position is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance
  • This position is subject to working in or have the potential to exposure to high noise levels for
    extended periods of time requiring medical clearance

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

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