Animal Caretaker II

Frederick, MD, USA
Jul 18, 2019
Science/R&D, Zoology
Required Education
High School or equivalent
Position Type
Full time
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.

  • Feeding and housing laboratory animals
  • 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
  • Rotating holidays and weekends
  • 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.

Performs other related duties as assigned by a responsible authority. Handle a variety of laboratory animals, keep basic records, operate automatic washing and cleaning equipment. Lift up to 40-50 lbs., and wear respiratory protection equipment if necessary. Maintain good personal hygiene. Routine tasks associated with general laboratory animal care.

  • Completion of the eighth grade
  • In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of 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
  • 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

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

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