Animal Caretaker II (req2141)

Posted: 9/16/2021
Location: Frederick, MD
Employee Type: nonexempt full-time
Job ID: req2141

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
  • Collecting hair, fecal and blood samples for diagnostic testing
  • 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

  • Requires an 8th grade education or higher
  • 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 keep basic records
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and wear respiratory protective equipment as necessary
  • Basic knowledge of computers
  • Ability 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
  • 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