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Job ID: 185210

Animal Care Attendant
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Posted May 6, 2022
Title Animal Care Attendant
University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Agriculture/Animal Care

Animal Care Attendant


LSBC Operations

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

We are seeking an Animal Care Attendant to provide husbandry and care to a variety of laboratory animals. Specific animal duties include receipt and transport, provision of food and water, changing and cleaning of cages, monitoring health and welfare, handling and restraint, sanitation of caging and rooms. Operation of various equipment. Weekend and holiday rotation required.

This position is part-time, 28 hours a week and benefits eligible!


  • Animal care and husbandry includes cleaning, feeding and watering animals on a daily basis. Animals include mice, rats, swine, and various aquatics.
  • Receive, properly identify, transport, handle and restrain animals by appropriate techniques according to SOPs, regulations and guidelines to promote animal health and welfare.
  • Sanitize animal rooms, caging, animal use equipment and support areas with approved chemical agents by appropriate techniques.
  • Operate equipment such as cage and rack washers and autoclaves. Follow health and safety policies by complying with established procedures and regulations to promote personnel safety.
  • Maintain animal census, animal health records, and monitor environmental parameters daily through proper documentation, reporting any deviations to the supervisor.
  • Dispose of waste and hazardous items by established procedures.
  • Provide assistance during special procedures by acting under the direction of others.
  • Maintain facility security to ensure animal and personnel safety.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Prior animal care experience and college degree preferred.
  • Physical demands: standing, walking, reaching, climbing, lifting (50 lbs.), carrying, writing, pushing, hearing, squatting/kneeling, sitting, speaking, seeing, using hands frequently.
  • Physical environment exposure to: animals, noises, chemicals, biohazardous material, ambient temperature, carcinogens, fumes/gasses, dirt, radiation, animal tissue/fluids.

WPI requires employees to be fully-vaccinated for COVID-19. For more information on this requirement or additional information on WPI's response to COVID-19, please click on this link:

United States of America (Non-Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI

WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI

WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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