Laboratory Animal Technician 1 - #100261

Oregon Health & Science University

Date: 04/19/2022 20:00 PM

City: Beaverton, Oregon

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Department Overview:

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Our mission is to improve human health and the quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases.

Function/Duties of Position:

The purpose of the Laboratory Animal Technician 1 is to provide husbandry, health care and research support for laboratory animals maintained at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. The primary function of this position is to learn and master the ability to perform the manual and technical tasks directly related to the care of, and research support for the use of, laboratory animals. The area of work assignment and specific tasks will vary, depending on animal population and care requirements, service requirements, staffing needs and the individual’s knowledge. The Animal Resources & Research Support (ARRS) houses approximately 5300 non-human primates, and approximately 1500 small laboratory animals, on a daily basis. The animals are housed in 8 buildings and 17 outdoor enclosures, on the ONPRC/OHSU campus. There are approximately 60 employees who are responsible for providing care of research animals.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have at least 6 months direct work-related experience with animals, OR Certification at the Assistant laboratory animal Technician level (ALAT) OR 2 years of indirect laboratory animal experience

  • Basic knowledge of the care of animals can be demonstrated through care of household pets, farm animals, or 4-H animals

  • Ability to read, write, and follow oral and written instructions

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and/or written formats with both technical and professional staff

  • Ability to assist with research support at the level that the individual is trained

  • Research support must be performed in a professional manner and will require contact with investigative staff

  • Ability to perform general animal husbandry duties and assist investigative staff with needs as requested

  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds and lift objects weighing approximately 42 pounds to shoulder height

  • Push and pull heavy wheeled equipment such as cage racks and loaded carts

  • Daily work may involve moving on wet and/or slick surfaces, through narrow corridors between rows of cages, working outdoors, and climbing stairs to corral observation towers

  • Perform work in covered and uncovered areas that are not environmentally controlled

  • Work in areas where there is risk of exposure to zoonotic agents through injury, by direct contact with animals or their tissues and body fluids, or by contact with equipment contaminated by animals or their tissues and body fluids

  • Work where there is risk of exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals and sanitizing chemicals

  • Move unassisted through various animal housing areas located in several separate buildings, indoor and outdoor, in order to make animal observations, perform animal husbandry tasks, handle, move, or restrain animals, collect samples, administer treatments, and perform other procedures

  • Possess sufficient dexterity and manual skills to safely perform (or learn to perform) basic animal husbandry and animal handling (using proper techniques), and health care procedures, including but not limited to feeding and sanitization procedures, animal capture and restraint, administration of medications, and collection of body fluids and tissues

  • A valid Driver's License and the ability to drive ARRS/ONPRC vehicles on and off campus

  • Able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advancement requires High School Diploma or GED

Additional Details:

Apply here online. Please be sure to upload a cover letter, resume and references.

All are welcome: Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at
503-494-5148 or

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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