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Animal Care Support Technician
Job Number: 2023-43186
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Chan Medical School
Department: School - Gene Therapy Center - W405200
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 11
Union Code: Union Position-W28-SHARE
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: June 15, 2023


Under the supervision of the Animal Facility Supervisor or Designee, the Animal Care Technician performs a variety of duties related to the care of laboratory animals. Primary responsibilities are to maintain a clean and healthy environment for laboratory animals.  The position is considered essential, and as such requires weekend, holiday and off hours coverage as needed.


  • Perform routine maintenance and sanitization of rooms and associated equipment within the vivarium
  • Keep assigned work areas stocked with supplies needed for routine operation of the area
  • Collect and dispose of waste
  • Maintain animal room records; e.g., census, sanitation, enrichment, feeding, and animal identification.
  • Maintain validation records of equipment and room maintenance records of assigned areas
  • Operate commonly used equipment including machines used for washing and sterilizing items
  • Record accurate documentation necessary for regulatory compliance
  • Ensure compliance with all UMMS policies and local, state and federal laws governing the use of research animals


  • High School Graduate or equivalent
  • Must have the ability to travel to off-site locations and respond to matters of urgency
  • Basic computer skills e.g., familiar with Microsoft Office and related hardware
  • Ability to work in an environment containing allergens, physical and biological hazards, and all species of animals. Must be able to wear Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE).  Minimum PPE; scrubs, exam gloves, head cover, dust mask, shoe covers.  additional PPE, e.g.  safety glasses, face shield, jump suit, respirator may be required for some areas.   Shower may be required

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