Oregon Health & Science University

Laboratory Animal Technician 1

Job Locations US-OR-Beaverton
Requisition ID
Position Category
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC)
Salary Range
$20.21 - $27.33
Regular schedule includes all weekends, 7:30am-4:00pm, but may include voluntary and mandatory overtime and holiday work schedules.
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) is located 12 miles west of the OHSU main campus, and sits on 162 acres of land featuring forested areas, research and administration buildings, indoor and outdoor animal housing, a pond, and 2-mile perimeter walking path. Not only does OHSU provide discounts with Trimet to this beautiful location but parking is free at the ONPRC! Our mission is to improve human and animal health and quality of life through the support of nonhuman primate research programs that advance our knowledge of the causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of debilitating diseases. 

Function/Duties of Position

**New hires are eligible for up to a $1,500 hiring bonus** 


The Laboratory Animal Technician 1 is the first level of a three-level series. At this level, this position is focused on providing husbandry, healthcare and research support for laboratory animals maintained at the ONPRC. This position will learn and master the ability to perform  manual and technical tasks directly related to the care of, and research support for the use of, laboratory animals. This includes safely performing basic animal husbandry and animal handling, healthcare procedures, including but not limited to feeding and sanitizing procedures, animal transfer and restraint, administration of medications, and the collection of research samples. 


 The area of work assignment and specific tasks will vary, depending on animal population and care requirements, service requirements, staffing needs and the individual’s knowledge. Animal Resources & Research Support (ARRS) houses approximately 4600 nonhuman primates, and approximately 2000 small laboratory animals, on a daily basis. The animals are housed in 8 buildings and approximately 65 outdoor enclosures, on the ONPRC/OHSU campus. There are over 120 employees who are responsible for providing care of the research animals. 

The successful candidate for this position will have basic knowledge for the care of animals, demonstrated by experience with household pets, farm or 4-H animals or previous work-related experience with animals. This position requires the ability read, write, and follow oral and written instructions, as well as having the ability to communicate effectively in oral and/or written formats with both technical and professional staff. 


Some duties will require working outside in inclement weather and daily work may involve moving on wet and/or slick surfaces, through narrow corridors between rows of cages, and climbing stairs to corral observation towers. There is risk of exposure to zoonotic agents through injury, by direct contact with animals or their tissues, or by contact with equipment contaminated by animals or their body fluids. Some work duties may also include risk of exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals and sanitizing chemicals. 


Candidates should have the ability to carry and lift up to 50lbs; lift objects weighing approximately 42lbs to shoulder height, and be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation. 


If you are a problem solver, have the ability to multi-task, be self-directed, and pay attention to details, this is a great position to start your career path in OHSU! 

Required Qualifications

  • Must have at least 6 months direct work-related experience with animals, OR  
  • Certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT), OR 
  • 2 years of indirect laboratory animal experience. 
  • A valid Driver's License and the ability to drive ARRS/ONPRC vehicles on and off campus. 
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advancement requires High School Diploma or GED.

Additional Details

Please be sure to upload a cover letter, resume and references. 


OHSU offers a generous benefits package which includes: 

  • Vacation - up to 200 hours per year pending length of service for full-time employees 
  • Sick Leave - 96 hours per year, prorated for part-time employees 
  • 9 paid holidays per year 
  • Comprehensive medical, dental & vision care plans. Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents 
  • $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee 
  • Retirement: Choose between pension plan or employee matching voluntary savings plan 
  • Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts 
  • OHSU is a non-profit organization, which qualifies for the Public Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement  
  • Innovative Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Employee Discounts 

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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