Animal Caretaker II (req2425)

Posted: 1/21/2022
Location: Frederick, MD
Employee Type: nonexempt full-time
Job ID: req2425


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.


  • Variety of routine tasks associated with the general laboratory animal care in biomedical research
  • Operate automatic washing and cleaning equipment
  • Operate autoclaves
  • Receive and disinfect various supplies and equipment into the facility
  • Keeping simple records
  • Feeding and housing laboratory animals
  • General laboratory animal housekeeping
  • Collecting hair, fecal and blood samples for diagnostic testing
  • Cleaning tasks associated with the upkeep of a research animal facility
  • Ordering and stocking supplies
  • Utilizing computer skills for email, training, and basic data entry
  • Work schedule does include weekend and holiday hours


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

  • Requires an 8th grade education or higher
  • In addition to education requirement, a minimum of two (2) years laboratory animal care experience
  • 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


Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

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