Animal Technician III

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


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!


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 Technician III performs specialized skilled animal husbandry functions. Perform tasks in support of specialized programs, projects, or administrative duties requiring an advance level of technical and/or mechanical skill and knowledge. The Technician III position is overseen by the Animal Technician Lead and is a direct report to the Animal Technician Manager. This position is under supervision with no responsibility for supervision others.  Incumbent is expected to acquire skills and knowledge to perform more advanced work through training. Uses discretion and judgement in carrying out tasks.  


 The Animal Technician III is classified as essential personnel and, as such, is required to work with a minimal number of absences and during all Center closures except in the event of a major disaster when access to animal housing and use facilities is prohibited by governmental emergency personnel.


  • Mastery at providing care for all small animal species on a daily basis in accordance with standard operating procedures and evaluation of animals’ general health, report abnormalities to veterinary staff.
  • May assist in training new and lower-level technicians.
  • Husbandry Operations: Become proficient at packing/ unpacking of animals for transport, injection, and collection procedures. 
  • Administrative Operations:  Become proficient in assigned administrative procedures in support of animal facility management and operations, including software functions, data collection, record keeping.
  • Maintenance and Sanitation Operations: Become proficient at routine equipment maintenance, collection of environmental samples for sanitization efficacy.
  • Researcher Support: Become proficient at colony management, colony record keeping, and sample collection. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 



  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • 2 years experience as an animal husbandry technician or equivalent.
  • 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 valid Washington State Driver's Licence and good driving record
  • Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) Certification with the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) within 6 months   

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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