Animal Care Technician I, Aquatic Research Lab, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA


Animal Care Technician I / Aquatic Research Lab / Full Time

Location: Los Angeles, California

Category: Husbandry Technician

Schedule: Thursday-Monday, 7:30am-4:00pm

Pay Scale Information: USD $32,656.00 - USD $48,796.80



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Thursday - Monday, 7:30am-4:00pm and will be required to work select holidays on a rotating basis with existing staff, and possibly cover staff outages.


Position Summary:

The Animal Care Technician I will provide daily animal husbandry, including weekends and holidays as needed, to the Aquatics Research Laboratory. Primary responsibilities include daily care and health monitoring of the zebrafish colony, daily maintenance of housing and usage areas, and support of daily operational tasks wherever required. The technician will be required to report on colony health, water quality, and conditions of housing or support areas using written log sheets and computer databases. They will also partake in the culturing of live feeds, water quality testing, and preventative maintenance for life support systems. Additional duties include some housekeeping, cagewash, receipt of supply inventories, and working alongside other technicians/investigators to solve requests, inquiries, and concerns. This position requires basic understanding of, and the ability to utilize, common animal care facility systems, including recirculating aquaculture systems, cage wash equipment, and environmental monitors. The technician must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience working with zebrafish is preferred but not required as species-focused training will be provided to a suitable candidate. The ideal candidate would be a great team player who is also capable of independent work and have good observational and troubleshooting skills.


Minimum Qualifications/Work Experience:

  • Fish handling, health monitoring and/or familiarity with animal research and support equipment.

  • Ability to move heavy wheeled equipment and lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Needs to quickly learn to perform a number of physical tasks,

  • Must be responsible with time management, show attention to detail, and be dependable.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years’ experience in an AAALAC accredited facility.

  • Experience in the care, feeding and maintenance of research zebrafish.

  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook).

  • AALAS certification at the ALAT level or above



  • Provide routine husbandry for Zebrafish (Danio rerio) colony per established internal policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as assigned. Routine husbandry includes, but is not limited to:

o Daily evaluation of animal health, cleanliness/safety of animal housing, water quality, and scheduled feedings and culturing of live feeds.

o Maintain clean animal housing appropriate to animal life stage and performs associated tank changing and cagewash duties.

o Maintain clean and sanitized animal holding rooms and support areas.

o Adherence to biosecurity protocols for disease prevention and to maintain quarantine to prevent cross contamination.

  • Perform preventative maintenance to Zebrafish life support systems and equipment calibration.

  • Maintain accurate detailed records utilizing written log sheets and/or computer databases as required by institute, facility, and/or regulatory bodies.



  • HSD/GED and 1 year working in an animal research facility,


  • AS/AA and 6 months working in an animal research facility,


  • B.S. in Biological Sciences or Animal Health Science related field


To Apply:

CHLA values the contribution each Team Member brings to our organization. Final determination of a successful candidate’s starting pay will vary based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to education and experience within the job or the industry. The pay scale listed for this position is generally for candidates that meet the specified qualifications and requirements listed on this specific job description. Additional pay may be determined for those candidates that exceed these specified qualifications and requirements. We provide a competitive compensation package that recognizes your experience, credentials, and education alongside a robust benefits program to meet your needs. CHLA looks forward to introducing you to our world-class organization where we create hope and build healthier futures.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a leader in pediatric and adolescent health both here and across the globe. As a premier Magnet teaching hospital, you’ll find an environment that’s alive with learning, rooted in care and compassion, and home to thought leadership and unwavering support. CHLA is dedicated to creating hope and building healthier futures – for our patients, as well as for you and your career!

CHLA has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, our work matters. And so do each and every one of our valued team members. CHLA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or any other legally protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. We will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of state and local laws, including the LA City Fair Chance Ordinance and SF Fair Chance Ordinance.

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