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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 I-II position in Fred Hutch’s Comparative Medicine group offers a great opportunity for an entry into a career supporting world-class science. This position supports research across the Hutch’s scientific divisions and has growth potential within Comparative Medicine or in other areas of research.
The Animal Technician I-II performs routine animal husbandry tasks, and maintenance of animal facilities and equipment. This is considered an entry level position for individuals with no prior experience in laboratory animal care procedures or individuals who are transitioning from other animal care positions. Focus will be on gaining skills.
The incumbent works under the Animal Technician Lead following established procedures in performing daily responsibilities. The Technician I-II position reports directly to the Animal Husbandry Manager. This position is under close supervision with no responsibility for supervision others. Incumbent is expected to acquire skills and knowledge to perform more advanced work through training. Uses limited discretion and judgement in carrying out tasks.
The Animal Technician I-II 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.
Animal Care: Learn and become proficient in providing care for all small animal species (mice, rats) on a daily basis in accordance with standard operating procedures. Learn to evaluate animals’ general health, report abnormalities to veterinary staff.
Husbandry Operations: Learn and become proficient in animal husbandry procedures including using and maintaining animal housing. Expected to master changing a minimum of 120 small cages per day. Learn to and become proficient in operation of equipment washers, automatic water bottle filling systems and autoclaves under supervision.
Sanitation Operations: Learn and become proficient in performing housekeeping duties such as sweeping, mopping, garbage removal, and equipment washing in animal housing areas and surrounding premises. Learn and become proficient in appropriate sanitation procedures.
Researcher Support: Learn and become proficient in effectively communicating with research staff through verbal, written, or electronic means.
Learn appropriate regulatory and safety regulations surrounding biomedical research.
Perform other duties as assigned.
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.