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Animal Care Technician

Smith College
Smith College

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Clark Science Center AdministrationJob Description

Job Summary

An entry level position providing for vivarium maintenance and for the daily care of animals housed under the Smith College Institutional Animal Care and Use Program. The position reports to the Animal Care Facility Manager.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

• Ability to care for multiple species (e.g. rodents, aquatics, live feeds)
• Assist research staff as needed
• Observe, record, and report atypical findings of the environment, physical plant, and animal health or behavior. These observations are to include but are not limited to sick animals, maintenance problems, safety hazards, inappropriate treatment of animals
• Perform animal husbandry duties; e.g., feeding, watering, cage/pen cleaning as described in departmental policies or procedures
• Perform scheduled sanitizing of facilities and equipment as described in departmental policies or procedures
• Restraint and sexing of laboratory animals
• Recordkeeping; e.g., census, sanitation, enrichment, feeding, equipment maintenance.
• Provide preventative and clinical care to colonies as directed
• Operate and perform routine maintenance and repairs on facility equipment (rack washer, autoclaves, and bio-safety cabinets / clean bench hoods, etc.)
• Receive and stock supplies and notify when ordering is required
• Remove and dispose of all waste.
• Perform other related duties as required

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

• HS diploma or GED plus 2 years of animal husbandry experience
• ALAT certification plus HS diploma/GED, or college or higher degree plus 6 months of lab animal experience
• ALAT certification without HS diploma/GED, or any college degree plus 1 year of lab animal experience
• Certification of good health signed by a licensed physician
• Absence of allergic reactions to animals, feeds or bedding;
• Must be willing to seek certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) within 1 year of hire.
• Must complete continuing education and institutional trainings as assigned
• Ability to safely lift and carry up to fifty pounds (50 lbs.)

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


• Organizational skills and attention to detail
• Effective oral and written communication skills; basic computer skills
• Ability to interact professionally with all employees, students, and outside visitors
• Must be able to work effectively and harmoniously as part of a team

Additional Information

Forty hours per week; Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Holidays and reduced staff coverage as needed. This position is contingent on continued annual funding through the Clark Science Center.

For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

January 3, 2023

Compensation Grade:

Grade 263 6a

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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