Charles River Laboratories Lead Animal Care Technician in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lead Animal Care Technician

Req ID #: 39926

Location:

Cambridge, MA, US, 02139

BASIC SUMMARY:

Provide oversight and support to the animal care program and the animal care technicians under the direction of the on-site Floor Lead and CRL Operations Specialist. Serves as a liaison between CR staff and Pfizer CM Managers, CRL Operations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Review, comprehend and comply with all SOPs and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific areas.

  • Assist Floor lead in providing input for the husbandry work schedule for the daily cage changing procedures as well as the additional duty assignments.

  • Conduct room inspections to assess the animals’ health and cage environment as well as all related paperwork and record keeping.

  • Provide leadership and guidance to the husbandry staff on operations and facility issues. Specific responsibilities include investigating operational issues, including gathering information and details, compiling the information, and submitting/presenting it along with recommendation(s) for resolution of the situation/issue to the Operations Specialist. Provide training to new hires in the duties and responsibilities of animal care and facility operations.

  • Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations. Perform animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle /automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.

  • Maintain accurate records of animal hosing or support areas as required by Institute and facility.

  • Dispose of animal carcasses following established procedures.

  • Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas or semi-rigid isolator environments, including room or facility personnel entry; personnel protective equipment use, spraying in all equipment and materials into controlled areas.

  • Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.

  • Provide quality assurance to include animal health surveillance, monitoring of effectiveness of facility sanitation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), as well as internal facility reports for monitoring deviations from pre-established facility parameters.

  • Maintain required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in animal or life sciences field required.

  • Experience: Two or more year’s related animal care and handling experience required in combination with facility and equipment knowledge.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Certification/Licensure: AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) or higher preferred; LAT eligibility required.

  • Other:Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and that contribute to a congenial work environment. Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner with clients, customers, coworkers, and supervisors. Ability to read, write, speak and understand English. Computer literacy in word processing and database record keeping helpful

For nearly 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work e perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

BASIC SUMMARY:

Provide oversight and support to the animal care program and the animal care technicians under the direction of the on-site Floor Lead and/orCRL Operations Specialist. Serves as a liaison between Charles River staff and Pfizer Comparative Medicine Managers and Charles River Operations

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Review, comprehend and comply with all SOPs and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific areas.

  • Assist Floor Lead in providing input for the husbandry work schedule for the daily cage changing procedures as well as the additional duty assignments.

  • Conduct room inspections to assess the animals’ health and cage environment as well as all related paperwork and record keeping.

  • Provide leadership and guidance to the husbandry staff on operations and facility issues. Specific responsibilities include investigating operational issues, including gathering information and details, compiling the information, and submitting/presenting it along with recommendation(s) for resolution of the situation/issue to the Operations Specialist. Provide training to new hires in the duties and responsibilities of animal care and facility operations.

  • Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations. Perform animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle /automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.

  • Maintain accurate records of animal hosing or support areas as required by Institute and facility.

  • Dispose of animal carcasses following established procedures.

  • Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas or semi-rigid isolator environments, including room or facility personnel entry; personnel protective equipment use, spraying in all equipment and materials into controlled areas.

  • Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.

  • Provide quality assurance to include animal health surveillance, monitoring of effectiveness of facility sanitation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), as well as internal facility reports for monitoring deviations from pre-established facility parameters.

  • Maintain required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

For more information, please visitwww.criver.com.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet