Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Animal Care Supervisor

Frederick, MD
Oct 22, 2021
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.


  • Schedules work of several animal care groups
  • Supervises the feeding, cleaning, and general welfare of assigned animals
  • Ensures that physical and health examinations are performed on animals on a routine basis, and coordinates animal health program with responsible veterinarian
  • Ensures that work area is maintained in a clean and safe manner
  • Interviews and screens employment applicants
  • Determines personnel requirements and initiates personnel actions
  • Audits section records for compliance with regulations and standards
  • Trains animal care personnel
  • Supports research requirements as needed
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by a responsible authority
  • Communicate effectively, supervise personnel, and lift and carry up to 40-50 lbs
  • Perform a wide variety of technical procedures required for the maintenance of laboratory animal colony
  • Appropriate regulations, departmental standard operating procedures, and Company policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of standard animal laboratory practices


To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:

  • High school diploma or equivalent. Bachelors degree preferred.
  • In addition to the education requirement, a minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience, including one (1) year of experience in a leadership capacity
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

    Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

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

    • 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 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
    • This position may require continuous or intermittent exposure to and exertion in environmental conditions such as working outdoors, temperature extremes, humidity extremes. etc. as part of the job