Animal Caretaker

HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MED CNTR Nutley Requisition # 2019-61761 ShiftDay StatusFull Time with Benefits Weekend WorkWeekends as Needed HolidaysAs Needed On CallNo On-Call Required Shift Hours8:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m Address340 Kingsland Street, Nutley, 07110

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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.


  1. Becomes familiar with laboratory animals, their habits, and their needs. Attends the laboratory animal husbandry course given in the department. 
  2. Maintains, scrubs, and disinfects animal cages, cage floors, and cage pans.
  3. Under supervision, cleans and sanitizes cages, animal rooms, and related equipment.
  4. Feeds and waters animals according to the schedule.
  5. Maintains animal rooms in clean and odorless condition; and maintains room census daily.
  6. Weighs or restrains animals when required for various technical procedures.
  7. Collects voided urine and feces when requested in appropriate containers.
  8. Performs such other duties as may be required for the maintenance and welfare of the animal colony.
  9. Understands and adheres to all HMH compliance standards as they appear in HMH policies.
  10. 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.
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned.


  1. Mandatory six-month probation period to complete the required training for this position.
  2. 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.


Knowledge, Education and Skills Preferred:


  1. High school diploma preferred.
  2. Prior experience preferred.


Required Certification/Licensing: 


  1. ALAT certification must be completed by 18 months of employment.


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