Explore an Animal Care Career at Harvard University Cambridge where
our animal care programs commitment to excellence in research is
unparalleled. You would be working in a state-of-the-art
award-winning rodent animal facility. The benefit package at
Harvard is exceptional including degree through the extension
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403090 Animal Technician I
USA - MA - Cambridge
Animal Technician I
55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Diploma from an accredited high school or GED.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
The successful candidate will also have:
- Clear understanding and knowledge of methods, materials, and
equipment used in animal care activities;
- Knowledge of animal research and breeding procedures and
- Knowledge of rodent quarantine, health monitoring programs, and
other related procedures;
- Ability to follow departmental policies and standard operating
procedures (SOPs) in a reliable and safe manner;
- Basic proficiency with digital technology, including Microsoft
Office and iPhones or their equivalents;
- Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken
- Enthusiasm for working in a team-based culture;
- Respect for others and compassion for animals.
- American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS),
Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification
required within 15 months of start date.
- Please note, this position will be hired at either a grade 47
or grade 48, dependent on the certification level of the successful
- This position will work a Monday through Friday schedule,
6:30am - 3:00pm.
- The position is considered essential and may be required to
report to work during school closures, inclement weather, and/or
- Working during holidays required on a rotating schedule. Other
overtime may also be required.
All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human
We regret that Harvard University does not provide visa sponsorship
for this position.
We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and
abilities to be a part of our community.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package
- Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid
sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per
- Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical
plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your
- Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting
after 3 years of service.
- Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance
program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and
discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
- Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as
well as additional options to assist employees in their daily
- Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little
or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition,
meditation and complimentary health services.
- Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events
and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
Office of Animal Resources
Criminal, Education, Identity
Monday through Friday schedule, 6:30am - 3:00pm.
Working during holidays required on a rotating schedule. Other
overtime may be required.
Perform animal husbandry duties in a complex research environment.
Responsible for daily care of various species of laboratory animals
including feeding, watering, health observations, and changing and
washing cages as assigned. Specific duties and responsibilities
include, but are not limited to:
- Feed, water, and care for animals categorized as Biosafety
Level 1 or 2 and/or administered hazardous chemicals;
- Maintain animal rooms and facility in a clean and organized
- Administer special diets and water for research or veterinary
- Perform treatments and assist research and veterinary staff as
- Maintain accurate and legible documentation and records as
- Identify and report signs of animal illness, injury, and other
abnormalities to appropriate personnel;
- Prepare appropriate chemicals to sanitize and disinfect animal
rooms, equipment, shipping containers, etc.;
- Assist in animal quarantine and health monitoring
- Receive and house new animals while maintaining necessary
paperwork and documentation;
- Conduct animal census as needed;
- Euthanize animals as directed;
- Monitor and ensure availability of animal care supplies, food,
bedding, chemical supplies, and equipment;
- Assist with daily operation and coordination of cage wash as
- Rotate with co-workers to coordinate routine team tasks;
- Participate in continuing improvement projects and departmental
- Participate in writing and updating pertinent Standard
Operating Procedures (SOP's);
- Assist with training co-workers to perform tasks according to
- Comply with applicable federal, state, and municipal laws and
regulations, institutional policies and accreditation standards for
the humane care and use of laboratory animals;
- Other projects, duties, and responsibilities as assigned.
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
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
- Able to lift up to 50 pounds with frequent lifting, pushing,
pulling and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
- Able to push and pull heavy equipment on wheels.
- Able to walk or stand for up to an entire eight-hour shift,
excluding scheduled breaks.
- Able to perform repetitive motions over extended periods of
- Able to perform in a workplace environment with exposure to
animals, animal dander, animal byproducts, and bedding materials
for prolonged periods of time.
- An occupational health screening and permission by the
employer's occupational medicine service to work with animals.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and
- This position is 100% on-site. Remote work is not
- The University requires all Harvard community members to be
fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with
COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in
Harvard?s Vaccine & Booster Requirements . Individuals may
claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or
religious reasons. More information regarding the University?s
COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of
vaccination status may be found at the University's COVID-19
Vaccine Information webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and
belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and
fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to
create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of
talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing
individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities,
life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.