Biocontainment Animal Caretaker

Location: MD - Frederick
Job Code: 14-043


Growing and well-respected biomedical (clinical, basic and applied) research firm has openings at USAMRIID. If you are passionate about research, and are looking for a firm that shares your passion, and provides competitive salaries with a strong benefits package, join the ClinicalRM team.


We are currently seeking a Biocontainment Animal Caretaker for the Frederick, Maryland area.




The Contractor shall be knowledgeable in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and able to perform the following specific  


  1. Provide animal care and husbandry to the animals during experimental and non-experimental periods.                                                                                                              
  2. Houses animals in appropriate size and types of cages to meet protocol and regulation requirements.  Assesses and determines feeding requirements for each animal species and insures adequate provision of feed and water for all animals under the Contractor’s care.  Replaces bedding, changes cages, and maintains the animal areas in a clean and orderly condition.
  3. Ensures all animals are properly identified and associated with specific experiments so as to reduce potential cross-contamination.
  4. Applies a high level of skill, observation, and knowledge of a wide variety of animal species and recognizes minute yet significant changes or disease (e.g., changes in the appearance of fur, loss of activity, paralysis, unusual behavior, etc.) and alerts the investigator, technician, or veterinarian. Critical attention to detail and optimum performance is required to preclude erroneous experimental data and repetition of experiments which involve thousands of dollars and innumerable manhours invested.
  5. Transfers animals from cages to items or restraint or holding equipment for the purposes of transport, temporary containment, or experimental manipulation.  This is compounded by the large variety of animal species involved.
  6. Assists professional personnel in performing veterinary procedures, euthanizing animals, positioning and holding animals during research or treatment procedures. Cleans and decontaminates the area upon completion, and applies biological safety procedures in the disposal of animal carcasses, waste and tissues.
  7. Contractor must exercise considerable skill in tending animals, pre- and post-operatively, and particularly in instances where medical devices have been surgically implanted.  Contractor must exercise skill in the use of special means of restraint to allow animals sufficient mobility but with constraint enough to avoid removal or disruption of implants or medical devices.
  8. Documents specific observations or findings on appropriate forms.  Also establishes and maintains records for the identification of animals during the experimental procedures.  Records signs and dates and times of death, removes dead animals from cages, and processes for further examination.
  9. As required by specific animal research protocols, documentation shall be performed to standards required by the Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) regulations.
  10. Operates medical and research equipment to protect laboratory personnel and other animals from infection by organisms under investigation, utilization of rack and cage washers, and handling animals by appropriate procedures to protect co¬workers from bites and scratches.
  11. Utilizes biological and/or industrial safety procedures which are in direct relation to animal caretaking and involves the use of specially designed equipment and procedures for protection of the incumbent and his/her co¬workers, for prevention of cross infection by other laboratory animals, and for the containment of infectious materials within the laboratory suite.  This may include (a) prepares decontaminating solutions, and related materials by weighing and measuring  constituents, mixing, sterilizing and dispensing to laboratory designated areas, including biocontainment rooms as required. In addition, the Contractor’s duties may include (b) washing and waxing floors, washing windows, dusting and polishing furniture, emptying waste containers; (c) decontaminates supplies, equipment, salvage, and other materials before removal from infectious areas by autoclaving, or use of decontaminating solutions; (d) collects, sterilizes, sorts, counts, and exchanges laboratory clothing, shoes, and towels; (e) receives, stores, and distributes laboratory supplies, food and bedding, etc., maintaining records as required.  Contractor must be able to operate Castle sterilizers models 4533 and 3642 with Gettinge PACS 2000 or 3000 controls.
  12. Immediately notify the Task Order Contracting Officer Representative (TOCOR) or the Technical Point of Contact (TPOC) of any treatment or diagnostic failures so follow-up actions can be initiated.
  13. Monitor certification/maintenance dates on medical equipment and notify the TOCOR/TPOC and Medical Maintenance personnel in a timely fashion of certifications that are coming due.
  14. Provide training to USAMRIID personnel as requested by TOCOR.  Some areas of instruction may include, but are not limited to, observation of animals, safe work practices, and procedures and topics of interest in the animal research husbandry environment.
  15. Notify the TCOR and VMD personnel of animal husbandry supply and equipment needs.
  16. Documentation attesting to citizenship, submitted appropriate level basic background investigation (National Agency Check with Local Agency Check and Credit Check, NACLC), proof of education, training, experience, and professional certifications (must maintain current state licensure to practice veterinary and medicine).  These items will be made available for COR or TOCOR review as requested.
  17. Inform TOCOR or designated TPOC of any planned/unplanned absences to ensure mission requirements are met.
  18. Contract employee must meet biological personnel reliability (BPRP) and Select Agent requirements in accordance with Army Regulation 50-1, FBI risk assessments, fingerprinting and CDC registration





  1. Required: Ed/Exp: 1. Minimum of 5 years ofexperience in animal husbandry, experience caring for Macaques, African Green monkeys, Marmosets, Rabbits, and Rodents challenged with infectious agents in biocontainment 3 and 4 settings.
  2. ALAT certification at the time of hire. 
  3. Contract employee must meet biological personnel reliability (BPRP) and Select Agent requirements in accordance with Army Regulation 50-1, FBI risk assessments, fingerprinting and CDC registration
  4. Good Laboratory Practice experience is preferred
  5. Must be able to work independently following a brief period of specific technical training.


Qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  Candidates for positions under ClinicalRM’s contracts with the Department of Defense (DoD) will be required to pass one or more background/security investigations conducted by the DoD, U.S. Army, or other Federal Government agency.  Such investigations may include criminal records and credit history checks.


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