Senior Laboratory Animal Caretaker

The Institute for Basic Research
New York City, NY
Closing date
Jun 26, 2022

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Pharmaceutical, Laboratory
Organization Type

The Research for Mental Hygiene, Inc. is seeking to hire a candidate for the part-time position of Senior Laboratory Animal Caretaker position. The successful candidate must be able to perform daily animal husbandry procedures such as cleaning and moving cages, feeding animals, performing daily wellness checks on animals, and disinfecting/sanitizing cages using various detergents and washing methods. Must be able to work well as a team member, as well as independently. Will also be asked to perform animal euthanasia and rodent breeding.

The selected candidate should be able to communicate/read in English and follow written and verbal orders from facility supervisor and the veterinarian. The candidate also must be able to lift 60 lbs. without assistance. This position will require at least one weekend day of work in the regular schedule.


Primary duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Properly pick up, restrain, and transfer animals between cages during routine husbandry tasks. Ensure humane care.
Be able to comply with all personnel safety requirements, including proper donning of personal protective equipment.
Prepare and use disinfectants and detergents to clean and disinfect animal quarters, cages, and associated equipment.
Perform cleaning and sanitation duties as assigned.
Will be trained to operate large cage wash equipment and steam sterilizing autoclave.
Will be required to remove husbandry-related waste in compliance with local and state regulations.
Perform materials transfer and logistics for Animal Colony supplies
May be asked to review inventory and stock supplies, including unloading and transport shipments of husbandry and housekeeping supplies, and perform daily recordkeeping.
Observe and report any abnormalities in animal health, equipment, or facilities.
May be asked to assist with study endpoints (perform euthanasia).
Participate in monthly staff meetings and communicate with the facility supervisor and director (veterinarian).
Must be willing to work weekends and holidays based on needs of the worksite.
Set up rodent breeding cages and wean litters as timing dictates

High School Diploma or High School Equivalency.
One year of service as a laboratory animal caretaker working with rodents in another institution or two years of experience at a zoo, animal shelter, or pet store working with any animals in caretaker/zookeeper capacity.
1 year of experience using basic computer programs such as the internet and Microsoft Word for email, training, and basic data entry.
Must have valid driver's license.

Should not have any documented animal allergies.
Two years of college or an Associate's degree with biology, wildlife, genetics, or zoology coursework.

The job is physically demanding. Must pass an occupational health physical prior to starting work.
Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program is required. Immunization for Tetanus will be required (and provided, if needed).
Employee's work will involve working with laboratory rodents in a research facility. Employee will be exposed to unpleasant odors and animal wastes. Other occupational hazards include potential bites/, scratches.
Hazardous chemicals use includes alcohols, bleach, cage wash detergents and acids, and other disinfectants.
Ergonomic considerations include lifting, repetitive motions, and standing for long periods of time.
Employee must be able to lift 60 pounds and carry for short distances without assistance at times.
Safety training and protective clothing, equipment, and supplies will be provided to the employee. Employee should be able to provide shoes suitable to working in a laboratory environment.

In accordance with NYS Office of Mental Health regulations, RFMH employees are required to be fully vaccinated

Location: 1050 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter no later than May 30th, 2022 on our website at: Only applications submitted through our website will be considered.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

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