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Animal Caretaker

Company: Hackensack Meridian Health
Location: Nutley
Posted on: May 11, 2024

Job Description:

Overview
The Animal Caretaker is the responsibility for the feeding, cleaning and observation of research animals in support of laboratory projects and programs. This position cleans and disinfects cages, rooms and equipment. Additionally, this role supports staff and researchers with handling and restraint of animals.TheCDIwas established byHackensack Meridian Health (HMH)as an academic basic and translational research enterprise to rapidly translate science innovation to the clinic and to improve outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases, autoimmune disease and other acute and chronic diseases. The CDI has grown rapidly since its origins in 2019, and now has 32 labs, 190 scientists and allied personnel supported by 60 NIH grants and more than 30 other grants and contracts. Areas of expertise include genomics, epigenetics, drug resistance, stem cell biology, drug discovery, diagnostics and biomarker development, and pharmacology.

Responsibilities
A day in the life of a Animal Caretaker at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:

  • Becomes familiar with laboratory animals, their habits, and their needs. Attends the laboratory animal husbandry course given in the department.
  • Maintains, scrubs, and disinfects animal cages, cage floors, and cage pans.
  • Under supervision, cleans and sanitizes cages, animal rooms, and related equipment.
  • Feeds and waters animals according to the schedule.
  • Maintains animal rooms in clean and odorless condition; and maintains room census daily.
  • Weighs or restrains animals when required for various technical procedures.
  • Collects voided urine and feces when requested in appropriate containers.
  • Performs such other duties as may be required for the maintenance and welfare of the animal colony.
  • Understands and adheres to all HMH compliance standards as they appear in HMH policies.
  • Must be able to carry a minimum of 50 lbs. Lifts a minimum of 50 lbs., pushes and pulls a minimum of 100 lbs. and stands a minimum of 5 hours a day.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
    Qualifications
    Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
    • Employment may be contingent upon successful completion of an FBI background check and other regulatory approvals for admittance to BSL3 facilities and/or select agent facilities. Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:
      • High school diploma preferred.
      • Prior experience preferred. Licenses and Certifications Required:
        • ALAT certification must be completed by 18 months of employment. If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!

          Our Network
          Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is a Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Facility
          As a courtesy to assist you in your job search, we would like to send your resume to other areas of our Hackensack Meridian Health network who may have current openings that fit your skills and experience.

Keywords: Hackensack Meridian Health, New York , Animal Caretaker, Other , Nutley, New York

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