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Animal Care Technician

Job Description:

The individual serves as an Animal Care Technician within the Science departments in the College. The individual is responsible and accountable for the daily provision of care. The position will have peaks of busier times throughout the year.

The Department of Biology is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and we strive to advance diverse perspectives and approaches in carrying out the mission of Washington and Lee University.

Essential Functions:
  • Provides visual inspection and care for a variety of animal species with minimal guidance from faculty and in accordance with applicable regulations, guidelines, daily animal husbandry logs and internally established policies and procedures.

  • Provides feeding, cleaning, sanitation, custodial, and other support services required for the daily operation and maintenance of the animal laboratories.

  • Performs duties that require specialized skills associated with the care and handling of animals, the sanitation of facilities and the operation of equipment.

  • Ensures laboratories are clean, including sweeping the floor, unloading cage washer, mopping if necessary.

Hourly Rate: $20

Work Schedule: Flexible schedule, 10-15 hours per week.


High school diploma or equivalent. This position requires some weekend and holiday work.

Ability to work directly with a variety of animal species including rodent, companion, agricultural, and aquatic species. Ability to operate and perform routine maintenance procedures on mechanical equipment, animal caging, and other equipment commonly utilized throughout the animal facility and animal housing areas.

Ability to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) appropriate for the species, animal housing conditions, or work area. Ability to lift/move 50 pounds.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.

External Applicants: Application instructions for external applicants are located on the or here .

Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Instructions are located at or here .

Position Type:

Non-Exempt, Part Time, Non-Benefit Eligible

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including a minimum of one booster. New employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

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