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Cagewash Tech 1



The Cagewash Technician 1 is responsible for the overall sanitation of cages and related equipment, including cage wash rooms, feed and bedding rooms, hallways, loading docks and other specific areas. Responsible for receiving feed, bedding and other supplies. All specific duties are to be performed in accordance with all regulations pertaining to federal, state, local (Animal Welfare) laws and departmental SOPs pertaining to Good Laboratory Animal Practices.



  • Removes dirty bedding and other items from shoe boxes
  • Performs cage and other related equipment sanitation
  • Flushes water cage manifolds
  • Operates washers and ensures that cage washing and related equipment are in proper working order
  • Performs daily start-up and shut down procedures of the cage washer
  • Operates autoclave to sterilize or decontaminate caging equipment and other related equipment
  • Transports caging and equipment between animal areas and cage wash rooms and vice versa
  • Performs sanitation of cage wash rooms and other ancillary areas, such as hallways, feed, bedding and storage areas
  • Organizes and manages documentation
  • Removes trash and waste according to safety guidelines
  • Read and understand all SOPs related to assigned duties
  • Receives and stores animal feed, bedding and supplies; records and files the appropriate information 
  • Sanitize empty animal room(s) and labs
  • Inspect enrichment devices, cages and other items
  • Conducts and collects various aseptic sampling for the monitoring of water quality, sanitized animal racks and equipment.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.




  • Education:  High School Diploma or G.E.D. required.
  • Experience:  Minimum of one year work experience.  Working in a cagewash facility or a housekeeping role is desired.



  • Working knowledge of federal, state, local (Animal Welfare) laws, departmental SOPs and regulations pertaining to Good Laboratory Animal Practices.
  • Initiative for solving minor problems.
  • Must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fundamental knowledge of computer applications (Microsoft Word, Excel and Email)
  • Must be able to represent Laboratory Animal Services department in a professional manner.


For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

Cares for the animals used in research and development studies. Performs duties related to the maintenance of experimental animals such as feeding and caring for animals, cleaning cages, holding animals for treatment by laboratory technician or maintaining inventory and animal identification records. Performs cleaning/sanitation of animal facility and equipment. Responsible for bio-safety and bio-security of the animals. May partner with pre-clinical investigators to assist and support veterinarians with surgery, dosing, post-op care and monitoring of animal studies.

About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet