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Animal Caretaker II

Job ID: req915
Facility: NIH
Location: NIH Campus 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892 USA

The Frederick National Laboratory is dedicated to improving human health through discovery and innovation in the biomedical sciences, focusing on cancer, AIDS, and emerging infectious diseases. 

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

  • Scheduled hours are Saturday to Wednesday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Feeding and housing of laboratory animals including nonhuman primates (NHP)
  • General laboratory animal housekeeping
  • Cage changing and sanitation
  • 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
  • Collecting hair, fecal and blood samples for diagnostic testing
  • Work schedule will include rotating holiday hours
  • Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous material, including biological and chemical carcinogen or radiological materials or may be located in areas where such materials are used, require the use of personal protective equipment and adherence to strict safety protocol.

 BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Completion of eighth grade
  • One (1) year of job-related animal care experience and ALAT certification – or – two (2) years laboratory animal care experience with high school diploma 
  • Ability to handle a variety of laboratory animals including non-human primates
  • Ability to keep simple records
  • Ability to operate automatic washing and cleaning equipment
  • Ability to lift to 40-50 lbs. and wear respiratory protective equipment if necessary
  • Knowledge of routine tasks associated with general laboratory animal care
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Good organization/observational skills
  • Desire to learn new tasks
  • Computer/data entry
  • Ability to work in a team environment

JOB HAZARDS OR REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 the environmental conditions such as working outdoors, high humidity areas indoors, dampness and chilling, dry atmospheric conditions, etc. as part of the job 
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

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