Animal Caretaker
Sykesville, MD Vivarium
Job Type

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Read, understand and follow all SOP’s, Quality Assurance Standards and perform duties in accordance with the study protocol.
  • Monitor daily animal health and wellness checks and report any abnormal animal conditions to the supervisor and/or the Study Director; record observations in appropriate logs.
  • Ensure that all animals are fed the proper diet and have adequate water within the date and time requirements. 
  • Assist Study Director with the performance of animal-related procedures, as needed.
  • Maintain room written records and environmental logs.
  • Clean and sanitize animal rooms, clean halls, laboratory, necropsy area and dirty halls.
  • Work effectively as a team member
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as assigned.


 Basic knowledge of animal husbandry, Microsoft Word and Excel.


This is for you if …

  • · You care about animals.
  • · You follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and contribute to a congenial work environment. 
  • · You maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner with clients, customers, coworkers, and supervisors. 
  • · You can read, write, speak and understand English.
  • You are computer literate. 
  • You care deeply about documenting      processes and following due diligence.
  • We called your past      classmates/co-workers/supervisors, and they had attested that you are a      great team player, and very collaborative.

Ideally, we’d like to see:

  • · High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. 
  • · Minimum of one-year related animal care and handling experience required. One year of rodent husbandry experience is preferred. 
  • · An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 
  • · AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) is preferred but not required.