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Animal Caretaker II

Company: Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Location: Frederick
Posted on: September 4, 2019

Job Description:

The Laboratory Animal Sciences Program (LASP) provides exceptional quality animal care and technical support services for animal research performed at the National Cancer Institute at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. LASP executes this mission by providing a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art technologies and services that are focused on the design, generation, characterization and application of genetically engineered and biological animal models of human disease, which are aimed at the development of targeted diagnostics and therapies. LASP contributes to advancing human health, developing new treatments, and improving existing treatments for cancer and other diseases while ensuring safe and humane treatment of animals. KEY ROLES/RESPONSIBILITIES-THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING APPROVAL Feeding and housing laboratory animals General laboratory animal housekeeping Cage changing and sanitation Cleaning tasks associated with the upkeep of a research animal facility Ordering and stocking supplies Keeping simple records Utilizing computer skills for email, training, and basic data entry Operate automatic washing and cleaning equipment Collecting hair, fecal and blood samples for diagnostic testing Rotating holidays and weekends Work may involve the use of potentially hazardous material, including biological and chemical carcinogen or radiological materials or may be located in areas where such materials are used, require the use of personal protective equipment and adherence to strict safety protocol. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS Completion of the eighth grade In addition to educational requirements, a minimum of one (1) year of job-related animal care experience and ALAT certification or- two (2) years laboratory animal care experience. satisfactory completion of an internal competency assessment. Ability to handle a variety of laboratory animals Ability to keep simple records Ability to operate automatic washing and cleaning equipment Ability to lift to 40-50 lbs. and wear respiratory protective equipment if necessary Knowledge of routine tasks associated with general laboratory animal care Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Good organization/observational skills Desire to learn new tasks Computer/data entry Ability to work in a team environment JOB HAZARDS OR REQUIREMENTS Candidate will be entering an animal facility or have the potential for exposure to animal allergens Candidate will be working with or have the potential for exposure to animal(s) and/or animal material(s) Candidate will be working with or have the potential for exposure to infectious material(s) or Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM), requiring medical clearance and immunization in accordance with protocol requirements Candidate would be working with or have the potential for exposure to Toxoplasma gondii, requiring medical clearance and immunizations in accordance with protocol requirements Candidate will be working with or have the potential for exposure to Diphtheria toxin, requiring medical clearance and immunizations in accordance with protocol requirements Candidate is subject to atmospheric conditions that would require the usage of a respirator, requiring a medical clearance Candidate would be working in or have the potential for exposure to high noise levels for extended period of time. This may require a medical clearance and enrollment into the Hearing Conservation Program Candidate is subject to the following environmental conditions such as working outdoors, high humidity areas indoors, dampness and chilling, dry atmospheric conditions, etc. as part of the job Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) | Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran (M/F/D/V) | Drug Free Workplace (DFW)

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