Animal Equipment Preparer

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Labor/Skilled Trade


Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.   


The Animal Equipment Preparer I-II processes soiled animal housing equipment and prepares clean equipment for use; performs general custodial care for areas within the facility; and may assist with inventory assessment checks for equipment supplies.


  • Prepare items for the equipment washers, including removal of soiled bedding, sorting of items into similar batches, soaking designated items and scrubbing items that are especially soiled.
  • Preform housekeeping duties such as sweeping, mopping and garbage removal.
  • Learn all PPE policies and procedures throughout the small animal vivarium
  • Mix and use cleaning solutions appropriately.
  • Operate equipment washers, automatic water bottle filling systems and autoclaves.
  • Learn to perform environmental control tests to insure proper function.
  • Learn to maintain records of test results as indicated by supervisory personnel
  • Ensure that clean equipment has been processed correctly and shows no sign of residual waste material or other types of contamination. Become proficient at notifying the Lead of any damaged equipment.
  • Participate in material management inventory control, notifying supervisory staff of items that need to be ordered.
  • May participate in the transportation of items between the facilities.
  • Attend and participate in assigned training classes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Have sufficient verbal and written communication skills to be able to follow written and verbal instructions and assimilate training
  • 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, face mask, and eye protection


  • Maintenance of a valid Washington State Driver’s License and good driving record


Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment. 


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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 or by calling 206-667-4700.


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