Animal Health Technician I

  • Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
  • May 05, 2020
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description


Job #: G980

Posted Date: April 29, 2020

Closes On: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Animal Health Technician I

Status: Regular Full Time

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Laboratory/Department: Animal Resources

The ARD is dedicated to providing the highest quality of veterinary medical care, husbandry, enrichment and professional technical support to enable the scientists and their research.

Position Description:

This position is responsible for routine processing of clean and soiled cages and accessories, maintenance and general janitorial duties in animal facilities, equipment maintenance, basic QA testing, processing deliveries from vendors and performing basic rodent husbandry tasks based on standard operating procedures and training to ensure compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations as well as all applicable federal, state, local and institutional laws, regulations, policies and guidelines.



  • High school diploma or equivalent (AHT 1 LEVELS A/B/C)


  • AALAS certification at ALAT or higher level (AHT1 LEVEL C)
  • A.A, B.A or B.S. degree.



  • AHT 1, LEVEL A: No experience necessary
  • AHT 1, LEVELS B/C: Minimum 1 year of relevant work experience.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule that may include weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to work overtime based on workload and deadlines.
  • Must be able to work assigned standard schedule: Monday – Friday, Sunday - Thursday, Tuesday - Saturday from 6:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m./6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m./7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m./ 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Management reserves the right to change or modify assigned schedules based on operational needs.
  • Post offer physical required which may include respirator fit test.
  • Possible rotating schedule.


As a safeguard for employees and animals, all ARD employees may be subject to vaccines/tests/physical exams prior to working with specific animals or animal populations as required by research needs including but not limited to:

  • TB Testing/Clearance (once a year)
  • Tetanus/ Diphtheria (vaccination < 10 years proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
  • Measles (proof of immunization and/or vaccination)
  • Periodic physical exams (may include respirator fit test)
  • Other vaccines/tests as required by Occupational Health & Safety standards

Physical Requirements:

This position requires constant standing, seeing, adjusting focus, grasping, hearing, handling, lifting 0-20 pounds, communicating, being exposed to noise, potential allergens, fumes/odors/mites/ dust and working inside.


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Application Deadline

Open Until Filled