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Animal Techn II

Animal Techn II

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Research Sciences

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home of three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Center’s five scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. The Hutchinson Center, in collaboration with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest. Join us and make a difference!




The Animal Technician II performs routine rodent husbandry, custodial care for the animal areas, and processes equipment. The Technician II position is overseen by the Animal Technician Lead and is a direct report to the Animal Technician Manager.  This is considered an entry level position for individuals with no prior experience in laboratory animal care procedures or skilled individuals who are transitioning from other animal care positions. The position of tech II will be determined depending on experience.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in providing care for all small animal species on a daily basis in accordance with standard operating procedures. Learn to evaluate animals’ general health, report abnormalities to the small animal veterinary technologist or veterinarian for veterinary evaluation. Learn to perform preventive animal health care duties and administer treatments as prescribed.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in providing feed to animals according to prescribed SOPs and insure that animals have fresh water at all times.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in changing animal housing according to schedule by transferring animals to clean housing and transporting soiled housing and accessories to the wash area.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in performing housekeeping duties such as sweeping, mopping, garbage removal, and equipment washing in animal housing areas and surrounding premises.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in maintaining accurate records of animal identification, veterinary treatments, animal census, facility housekeeping, and room parameters (e.g. daily temperature high and low).


  1. Learn to and become proficient in effectively communicating with research staff regarding the status of their animals through verbal, written, or electronic means.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in using and maintaining animal housing IVC systems and hoods, including routine cleaning, checking air flow gauges, attaching and removing blower units, securing hoses, and relocating racks to the cage wash facility for sanitizing.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in PPE policies and procedures throughout the small animal vivarium.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in appropriately mix and use of all cleaning solutions according to established SOPs and/or manufacturers’ instructions.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in operation of equipment washers, automatic water bottle filling systems and autoclaves under supervision.


  1. Learn to and become proficient in material management inventory control, notifying the supervisor or designated technicians of items that need to be ordered.


  1. Attend and participate in assigned training classes.


  1. May transport or assist in transport of animals, supplies or equipment between facilities or may assist in such activities.


  1. Work on call, weekend, evening, or holiday shifts as needed or as assigned.


  1. Perform other duties as assigned.




  1. High school diploma or equivalent.


  1. Good verbal and written English communication skills.


  1. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions that are presented in English.


  1. Ability to lift and move 50 lbs on a regular basis and sustained physical activities such as bending, balancing, stooping, reaching, and remain standing for long periods of time.  


  1. Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment including scrubs, gloves, shoe covers, gowns, ear plugs / muffs, face mask, and eye protection.





  1. Science and animal husbandry background. 



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