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Harvard University Animal Care Technician III, No in Cambridge, Massachusetts

63185BRAuto req ID:63185BRJob Code:403097 Animal Technician III Department Office Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:NHP Specialist / Animal Technician IIISub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :050Time Status:Full-time Union:55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers Basic Qualifications:High school graduate or equivalent with a minimum of three years’ work experience in laboratory animal care, the husbandry of non-human primates, or some combination thereof. Post-secondary education may count toward work experience.Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Experience with NHP handling or husbandry preferred. LAT certification preferred.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required; must be able to communicate effectively with and relate to various personnel through the University.

  • Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with navigating web-based applications.

Additional Information:This is an in-person position based on our campus in Boston.

This position is considered to be essential personnel for Harvard Center for Comparative Medicine. Weekend and holiday work may be required as well as attendance during school closures (due to inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Department:Harvard Center for Comparative MedicinePre-Employment Screening:Criminal, IdentitySchedule:​37.5 hrs. per week | Saturday - Wednesday | 8:30 am - 5:00 pmJob Function:Research Position Description:Responsible for the daily care of various laboratory animals, including non-human primates, mice, rats, rabbits and/or other species of laboratory animals as necessary.

Duties include the husbandry, feeding, and watering of non-human primates and all associated cage wash activities. May be required to work in ABSLII and/or quarantine animal areas.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Observing animals for abnormalities and sickness, and reporting such findings to the appropriate Supervisory or Veterinary personnel,

  • Observing and reporting environmental deviations which would affect animal health and research projects (e.g. high temperature or humidity),

  • Maintaining accurate records related to animal health, census, husbandry, equipment validation, etc.,

  • Complying with federal, state, & local regulations concerning the humane care of research animals, as well as departmental safety policies, SOPs, and guidelines,

  • Assisting veterinary and/or research staff with procedures or veterinary treatments as needed,

  • Participating in the University's occupational health and environment safety programs,

  • Interacting with online NHP water database to follow watering instructions and document task completion,

  • Training and mentoring new hires in animal husbandry and facility support duties,

  • All other duties including general housekeeping as assigned by the Supervisor.

School/Unit:Harvard Medical School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50lbs and push/pull up to 300lbs routinely.

  • Must be able to walk or stand for a full 7.5-hour shift.

  • Must be able to perform in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal byproducts and bedding materials for prolonged periods of time.

  • Must be able to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including respiratory equipment (e.g. N95 mask or PAPR), if/when necessary.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values ( Benefits:We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

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