• Animal Technician III

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Administrative Support
  • Overview

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    The Animal Technician III performs routine and skilled animal care duties for murine, including technical procedures with minimal supervision. The Technician III provides custodial care for the animal areas and process equipment, and performs specialized equipment operations and specialized procedures. Additionally, this position is expected to have additional, technical, computer, and staff training expertise. The Technician III position is expected to serve in a Lead capacity temporarily as needed. The Technician III position is overseen by the Animal Technician Lead and is a direct report to the Animal Technician Manager.


    • Provide care for all small animal species on a daily basis in accordance with standard operating procedures
    • Inspect animals for general health, report abnormalities to the animal technologist or veterinarian for veterinary evaluation and perform preventive animal health care duties as prescribed
    • Provide feed to animals according to prescribed SOPs and insure that animals have fresh water at all times
    • Change animal housing according to schedule by transferring animals to clean housing and transporting soiled housing and accessories to the wash area
    • Perform housekeeping duties such as sweeping, mopping, garbage removal, and equipment washing in animal housing areas and surrounding premises
    • Maintain accurate records of animal identification, veterinary treatments, animal census, facility housekeeping, and room parameters (e.g. daily temperature high and low)
    • Perform environmental control tests to insure proper function of equipment such as washers, Garb-els, automatic water bottle filling systems, autoclaves, etc. and maintain records of test results
    • Participate in material management inventory control by determining appropriate stock levels and order frequency. May be a designated purchaser
    • Competently restrain and perform technical manipulations for all small animal species within the vivarium
    • Perform breeding evaluations, program set up, and maintenance. Participate in or conduct weaning and fostering procedures
    • Prepare veterinary solutions and dosages
    • Have a working knowledge of all SOP’s for and independently perform all duties associated with specialized areas such as biohazard, radiation, and quarantine housing
    • Assist in the development and presentation of training classes
    • Have the computer skills, SOP, and technical knowledge necessary for receiving shipments of animals
    • Participate in data entry including proficiencies with spreadsheet and database programs. Effectively communicate with research staff regarding the status of their animals through verbal, written, or electronic means
    • Assume Technician Lead responsibilities on a temporary basis if requested
    • Work on call, weekends, evenings, or holiday shifts as assigned
    • Perform other duties as assigned


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Three full years of experience as an Animal Technician II or equivalent
    • Demonstrated understanding of federal, national, and institutional animal welfare regulations, policies, guidelines, and SOPs
    • Good computer skills
    • Good verbal and written English communication skills. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions
    • Ability to prepare written reports
    • 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
    • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment including scrubs, gloves, shoe covers, gowns, ear plugs / muffs, and eye protection


    Desired Qualifications:

    • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification at or above the LAT level
    • Maintenance of a valid Washington State Driver’s License and a good driving record


    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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