Census Management Specialist / Animal Technician III

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Boston, MASSACHUSETTS


Harvard Medical School


Job-Specific Responsibilities

Responsible for the routine collection of census data throughout the assigned rodent facility/facilities by scanning radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards at the cage-level with a hand- held device and reconciling data within the electronic system. Responsible for generating, activating, and de-activating cage cards. Responsible for receiving incoming animal shipments and in-house transfers.

Other responsibilities include:

  • All tasks related to the daily care and husbandry of various laboratory animals, including mice, rats, rabbits and/or other species of laboratory animals as necessary. Duties include cleaning, feeding, and watering of animals as assigned. Work in ABSL-2 and/or quarantine animal areas may be required.
  • Observation of animals for abnormalities and sickness and reporting such findings to the appropriate supervisory or veterinary personnel.
  • Observation and reporting of deviations in the environment that would affect animal health or research projects (e.g. high temperature or humidity).
  • Accurate record keeping of HCCM documents, as needed.
  • Compliance with federal, state & local regulations concerning laboratory animals and adherence to internal policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

  • Basic Qualifications

    • High school graduate or equivalent with a minimum of three years’ work experience in laboratory animal care. Additional education may count toward work experience.
    • Must be able to lift 50lbs and push/pull up to 300lbs frequently.
    • Must be able to walk or stand for a full 7.5 hours shift.
    • Must be able to perform in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal byproducts, and bedding materials for prolonged periods of time.
    • Must be able to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including respiratory equipment (e.g. N95 mask or PAPR), if/when necessary.

    Additional Qualifications and Skills

    • Excellent attention to detail and ability to problem-solve.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Strong computer skills and aptitude to learn new software systems.
    • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact and collaborate with various personnel through the University.
    • Excellent organization and time management skills.
    • Strong initiative and the ability to self-motivate.
    • LAT certification preferred.

    Additional Information

    This position is considered to be essential personnel for Harvard Center for Comparative Medicine. Weekend and holiday work may be required as well as attendance during school closures (due to inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

    Offer contingent upon successful completion of a pre-placement medical evaluation.

    Harvard requires COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/ . 

    Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

    Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

    • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
    • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
    • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
    • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
    • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
    • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
    • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
    The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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    USA - MA - Boston

    Job Code

    403097 Animal Technician III


    Harvard Center for Comparative Medicine


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    ​37.5 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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