Priority One Services

Priority One Services


Job Description

 Cagewash Technician II (Lead)
 Under the direction of the Cagewash Department Manager, the Cagewash Lead will provide direct oversight and leadership to the Cagewash Department staff on a daily basis.  As a working supervisor, the Lead will be responsible for ensuring that work is performed in a safe manner, in accordance with policies, procedures and program SOPs.  They shall perform training and guidance to subordinate staff and maintain a positive and effective working environment.
Basic Requirements*

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification is preferred.
  • Must possess a command of the English language both written and verbal in order to effectively communicate with coworkers, clients and researchers on a daily basis.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, excel, Word, Access) preferred.
  • Must be able to cover hours on any cagewash shift as needed; current operating hours are 7:00am – 5:00pm M-F (hours subject to change as production needs change). 
  • All employees considered essential and must report to scheduled shift regardless of inclement weather and/or Government closures. 
  • Must have the physical strength and dexterity to handle cages, racks, feedbags, carts, dollies, and other equipment.
  • These persons shall have knowledge of sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization. Previous cagewash experience is a plus.
  • Must be able to work in an environment utilizing chemicals and heavy machinery.

Essential Duties*

  • Clean, sanitize, or sterilize caging or equipment utilizing automated cagewash machines, autoclaves, bottle fillers, and bedding dump stations.
  • Perform daily, weekly and monthly duties in adherence to equipment sanitation and sterilization schedules.
  • Clean and sanitize cagewash and ancillary areas.
  • Dispose of waste in compliance with NIH “Guide” and federal/state regulations.
  • Perform preventative maintenance of caging, equipment and machines in accordance with SOPs and service manuals.
  • Movement/delivery of feed/bedding sacks, cages, racks, carts, dollies and other equipment.
  • Assure that procedures and practices involving the program of animal care are appropriate for the continued maintenance of AAALAC accreditation of the facility.
  • Adhere to security procedures and confidentiality requirements.
  • Ensure performance of activities in adherence with established SOPs.
  • Participate in the ongoing employee training program, with special emphasis on safety and health training, safe work practices, and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Perform job tasks/duties in compliance with ILAR “Guide”, policies, regulations, safety, and security procedures.
  • Perform work in compliance with applicable safety requirements.
  • Assure that facility documentation, records, and logbooks are accurately completed and maintained.
  • Compliance with the QA/QC program.  To include bi-monthly/monthly collection of environmental samples for submission or in house testing in accordance to the SOPs.  Report the results/findings obtained to the Cagewash Department Manager.
  • Establish and maintain contact with service providers while onsite.  Report the information obtained to the Cagewash Department Manager.
  • Recommend changes in operational procedures that might increase the efficiency or effectiveness of work procedures or practices.
  • Observe and report any abnormalities in equipment or facilities to the Cagewash Department Manager or the Assistant Project Facility Manager.
Job ID: 
Bethesda, MD

Priority One Services
Priority One Services