Animal Equipment Preparer Lead

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


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The first National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed our reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, our fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.


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 Equipment Preparer Lead is responsible for assisting the Housing Systems Processing Supervisor in the oversight of the quality of work in the cage wash facility. Process the facilities’ soiled animal housing equipment and prepare for use. The incumbent works following established procedures in performing daily responsibilities. The Equipment Preparer Lead position reports directly to the Supervisor -Husbandry Systems Operations. This position is under supervision with no responsibility for supervision others.  Uses discretion and judgement in carrying out tasks.  


Essential Role Classification: 

The Equipment Preparer Lead 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.   


Housing Equipment Preparation: Oversees and prepares 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. Be proficient at scheduling and preparing orders of animal caging and rodent drinking water for the animal technicians. 

Personnel and training: Train Comparative Medicine Staff in equipment preparation procedures.  Document training and performance level.  Assign duties to preparation staff, set priorities, plan schedules, and ensure sanitation and safety procedures are in compliance with established procedures and regulations. 

Equipment Operations: Be proficient at ensuring that clean equipment has been processed correctly and shows no sign of residual waste material or other types of contamination. Be proficient at notifying the Supervisor of any malfunctioning machinery or damaged equipment. Be proficient in operation of equipment washers, autoclaves and automatic water filling systems including preparing the acidification solution for the water filing stations under supervision.

Sanitation Operations: Delegate and participate in performing housekeeping duties such as sweeping, mopping, garbage removal, and equipment washing in animal housing areas and surrounding premises. Be proficient in appropriate sanitation procedures and perform collection of materials for quality testing.  

Research Support: Be proficient at preparing and providing special equipment orders. 

Perform other duties as assigned



  • High school diploma 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 a valid Washington State Driver’s License and good driving record.  


  • Janitorial, santization, production line or animal husbandry experience.
  • Lead experience. 

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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