The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies has a need for a Laboratory Animal Technician to support our government customer located in Fort Detrick, MD.
**** In addition to the proposed salary, candidate will receive a one (1) time sign-on bonus in the amount of $1000.00. Relocation assistance will be determined on a case by case basis.
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reviews, comprehends and complies with all SOPs and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific areas. Cares for and maintains laboratory animals in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act and the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, as well as, NIH policies and Guidelines and other pertinent regulations and policies.
Works closely with Clinical Veterinarian(s) and Research Support Specialist(s) to perform daily health assessments, perform experimental manipulations and provide animal treatments as instructed by Clinical Veterinarian(s).
Performs technical functions required by research protocols utilizing rodents and nonhuman primates in infectious disease research.
Maintain individual health records for nonhuman primates and maintain accurate records of animal importations, health observations, and housing or support areas as required by Institute and facility.
Communicating with veterinary support staff, facility veterinarian(s), investigators and other staff members regarding the health of animals and experimental manipulations.
Performs daily colony health examinations and clinical observations of sick animals prior to reporting adverse findings to Clinical Veterinarian(s) and Research Support Specialists.
Provides technical support (e.g. animal handling and restraint, tail vein injections, collecting blood and other samples, perform injections, treatments, surgical preparation and post-operative observations and assist with research procedures as directed).
Familiarity with and the ability to use various forms of anesthetics and their means of application, including gas and injectable anesthetics.
Assist with various imaging modalities (e.g. CT/PET, CT/SPECT, MRI and XRAY) by providing patient monitoring and experimental manipulations
Actively interacts with facility veterinarian(s) and investigators as required to solve customer requests, inquiries, and complaints and to provide technical assistance.
Assists with training animal facility staff in husbandry and technical procedures.
Performs animal husbandry - which can include feed, watering, and cleaning cages as required. Provide environmental enrichment and/or behavioral assessments.
Prepares and submits written reports, charts, logs and inventories as requested by management.
Provides quality assurance to include animal health surveillance, monitoring of the effectiveness of facility sanitation, cage washing and autoclaving procedures, monitoring of incoming animal shipments for container integrity and animal health, monitor the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), internal facility reports for monitoring deviations from pre-established parameters, other quality assurance services as deemed necessary (e.g., sentinel and cull animal submission) by the Project Officer.
Operates equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures. Complies with safety policies and procedures and MSDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances.
Assists with the receipt, stocking and maintenance of supply inventories.
Maintains required attendance level and adheres to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.
Performs other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Have at least two years of experience in a laboratory animal facility performing animal husbandry and clinical care.
Must be proficient in obtaining blood and other samples from rodents, rabbits, and nonhuman primates.
Responsible for maintaining the animal health quality assurance program to include the sentinel animal program; maintaining animal health records; performing routine animal health checks; reporting abnormalities to the investigator and attending veterinarian; performing prescribed treatments; and fulfilling technical requests of researchers.
Experience in specialty areas such as nonhuman primate, rodent and rabbit facilities management, various technical procedures, barrier management, hazard containment, and data management are desirable.
Must be able to work in BSL-4 setting with select agents
The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required.
(Possession of an Associate of Arts degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent college level program is desired.)
(Bachelors degree preferred)
Required AALAS certification at the LAT level.
Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
A Tier 3 Security Clearance will be required.
The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is a fast-growing government service provider. Employees enjoy competitive salaries; a 401K plan with company match; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; tuition reimbursement; paid time off; and 11 paid holidays.
We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are proud to state that we do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. If you are a person with a disability and you need an accommodation during the application process, please click here to request accommodation. We E-Verify all employees.
The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-owned and 8(a) certified businesses. The Family of Companies (FOCs) includes Ke`aki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, K?pono Government Services, and Kapili Services, Po`okela Solutions, K?kaha Solutions, LLC, and Pololei Solutions, LLC. Alaka`ina Foundation activities under the 501(c)3 principally benefit the youth of Hawaii through charitable efforts which includes providing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science & technology, and environmental stewardship.
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The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms who are designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-Owned and fall into the respective categories of Small Business (SB), 8(a) certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), and HUBZone.
Certified in 2004 as a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO), the Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) consists of Ke`aki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, Kupono Government Services, Kapili Services, Po`okela Solutions, Kekaha Solutions, and Pololei Solutions. Our mix of capabilities, NHO procurement advantage, and contract vehicles present a strong tool set to the Federal acquisition community. These features create a total solutions package that is compelling and can support a variety of acquisition strategies. Through our total solutions, the FOCs has performed on a broad range of mission requirements. Each company represents the cohesion that we bring, as One Team with One Mission, to each and every project, program, and contract we undertake.