Animal Care Technician III, Non-Human Primate Specialist

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

ID: 7086070
Posted: September 24, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Responsible for the daily care of various laboratory animals, including non-human primates, mice, rats, rabbits and/or other species of laboratory animals as necessary. Duties include the husbandry, feeding, and watering of non-human primates, and all associated cage wash activities. May be required to work in ABSLII and/or quarantine animal areas.
Other responsibilities include:
1. Observing animals for abnormalities and sickness, and reporting such findings to the appropriate Supervisory or Veterinary personnel,
2. Observing and reporting environmental deviations which would affect animal health and research projects (e.g. high temperature or humidity),
3. Maintaining accurate records related to animal health, census, husbandry, equipment validation, etc.,
4. Complying with federal, state, & local regulations concerning the humane care of research animals, as well as departmental safety policies, SOPs, and guidelines,
5. Assisting veterinary and/or research staff with procedures or veterinary treatments as needed,
6. Participating in the University's occupational health and environment safety programs,
7. Interacting with online NHP water database to follow watering instructions and document task completion,
8. Training and mentoring new hires in animal husbandry and facility support duties,
9. All other duties including general housekeeping as assigned by the Supervisor.

Additional Information:
This position is considered to be essential personnel for Harvard Center for Comparative Medicine. 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.

Basic Qualifications

High school graduate or equivalent with a minimum of three years’ work experience in laboratory animal care, the husbandry of non-human primates, or some combination thereof.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Experience with NHP handling or husbandry preferred. LAT certification preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required; must be able to communicate effectively with and relate to various personnel through the University. Basic computer skills required, including familiarity with navigating web-based applications.

Physical Requirements

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 wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including respiratory equipment (e.g. N95 mask or PAPR), if/when necessary.

Working Conditions

Must be able to perform in an environment with exposure to animals, animal dander, animal byproducts and bedding materials for prolonged periods of time.

Additional Information

Offer contingent on successful completion of pre-placement medical evaluation.

Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

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

We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values

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.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.


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