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Animal Care Technician

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 23, 2024

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Position Title:

Animal Care Technician

Faculty or Staff:


Full Time or Part Time:

Full time

In-Person, Hybrid, or Remote:


Minimum Starting Rate of Pay:


Rate of pay commensurate with experience

Start Date:


Job Description:

The Animal Care Technician supports Mount Holyoke’s vibrant research by providing a compliant and ethical research facility to conduct animal research. The Animal Care Technician completes daily quality animal care for all housed research animals, such as rats, mice, fish, frogs, snakes, and others that may be held in our facilities. The incumbent's assignments would include animal husbandry tasks such as cage changing, animal health checks, veterinary health monitoring, cage washing, and facility maintenance, i.e., sanitization of equipment, research housing areas, and materials. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to, animal receiving and housing, census data collection, and other duties necessary for the support of our animal care and welfare program. Weekend hours possible.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities:

Cage Changing:
  • All resident animals are on a cage-changing cycle and must change their cages every 7 to 14 days, depending on the species and caging system.
  • Cage changes of the resident animals are done on an as-needed basis. While all animals are on a set schedule for changeouts, it may be determined during daily health checks that additional changes are required and should be completed as needed.
Health Assessments:
  • Responsible for daily health assessments done on every animal in assigned rooms, which include noting the animal’s feed and water intake, urine and fecal output, cleanliness of housing, hair coat and grooming, patterns, mobility, alertness, general behavior and/or stereotypical behaviors, and research-associated issues.
Room Sanitation and Facilities Inspection:
  • Responsible for scheduling / planning room and rack, sanitizing cycles, documenting sanitation procedures, and keeping them on appropriate timetables.
  • Ensure biosecurity measures by using appropriate containment procedures;
  • Ensure appropriate disinfectants are in date and used properly, and follow room logs to ensure all daily and weekly standard operating procedures are followed.
  • Ensure quality living conditions for the animals by checking room temperature and drainage and monitoring rooms for signs of mold, peeling paint, and other potential problems.
Cage Wash / Support areas:
  • Responsible for processing animal caging and equipment through cage wash.
  • Initiates preparation tasks for upcoming change-out procedures, including caging preparation, bedding dispensing, cage set-ups, water bottle preparation, autoclaving caging, personal protective equipment preparation, recycling, and restocking.
  • Receive, transport, and process feed and bedding.
Technical a nd Regulatory Assistance:
  • Performs special requests for principal investigators and assists veterinary staff (assisting Technical Services personnel (e.g., euthanasia) as needed).
  • Ensures all cages are properly identified and compliant with federal and state regulations.
  • Maintain proper signage and documentation in compliance with our animal welfare regulatory mandates.
Student Worker Training and Supervision
  • Interview, hire, train, and supervise student workers to assist with daily health checks and other animal husbandry tasks.
Institutional Committees:
  • Serve as a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee ( IACUC) and liaise with the Chair, the IACUC veterinarian, and/or the Director of the Science Center as necessary to ensure that animal use in teaching, research, and animal care facilities operates in accordance with government regulatory bodies.
  • Serve as a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) to maintain awareness and familiarity with College and individual laboratory safety policies and practices as they pertain to animal care facilities.
  • High school diploma or GED required. A bachelor's or Associates degree and 2 years of experience in animal care preferred.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs; bend, stoop, climb, and stand for prolonged periods of time; and wear full Personal Protective Equipment (face mask, coveralls, gloves, etc.) for several hours per day.
  • Ability to write legibly, operate a telephone, and possess basic computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google applications.
  • Good organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to understand standard operating procedures and protocols.
  • Ability to perform duties and responsibilities with minimal supervision
  • Effective oral and written communication skills include interacting professionally with all employees and working with a diverse student body.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • ALAT certification. Experience with animal husbandry.
Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants:

Apply online; application materials must include:
  • A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications

  • A complete resume or curriculum vitae

  • For faculty positions, statements on mentoring, teaching, and research will also be required.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

Mount Holyoke College, the leading gender-diverse women’s college, is dedicated to providing equal employment opportunities for all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are a diverse community of staff, faculty, and students, united in our mission to offer an intellectually adventurous education in the liberal arts through academic programs that are renowned internationally for their cross-disciplinary excellence, experiential approach, and commitment to diversity.

Mount Holyoke College is a welcoming and inclusive environment that values and respects individuals of all backgrounds. As an EOE, we encourage members of historically underrepresented groups or nontraditional backgrounds to apply for open positions at our institution. The College has a long-standing tradition of providing women and other historically underrepresented groups with access to an innovative educational experience that prepares students for purposeful leadership by integrating hands-on opportunities into the curriculum. We firmly believe that diversity enriches our community and enhances our ability to prepare students for success in an increasingly globalized world.

We are dedicated to providing equal opportunities for all qualified applicants and to building an exemplary workforce that reflects the diversity of our student body and the communities we serve. Our ultimate goal is to produce graduates who are capable of engaging thoughtfully, effectively, and boldly with the world.


Mount Holyoke College

Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective, nondenominational, residential, research liberal arts college for women that is gender diverse and welcomes applications from female, transgender and non-binary students. Mount Holyoke is renowned for educating women leaders, from medical pioneers to Pulitzer Prize–winning playwrights. The oldest of the Seven Sister colleges, we are a noted leader in liberal arts education with a mission grounded in the conviction that women can — and should — make a difference in the world.

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