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Vivarium Manager

Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) is seeking a hands-on Vivarium Manager who will manage all core vivarium activities from daily operations to animal husbandry. You will be responsible for all administrative and management functions in the vivarium, as well as ensuring that the care of animals is in compliance with approved animal care and use protocols. You will also be responsible for operational activities, including daily care, as well as assisting the labs with research activities such as ear marking, dissections, and behavioral observations. 

The successful candidate will be well-organized, and a team player with a high level of work integrity and ethical standards.

This position may require some weekends and occasional holiday hours.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directly supervise the work of at least one vivarium staff member.
  • Oversee the vivarium annual revenue and expense budgets.
  • Conduct quality control reviews of data in animal records system and generate managerial reports as required (ex., animal census).
  • Ensure the vivarium complies with federal regulations for care and maintenance of research animals.
  • Procure vivarium-related items, including purchase and receipt of rodents, cages, feed, and other items necessary for day-to-day operations.
  • Assume a lead role in the training of research staff in specific vivarium activities.
  • Prepare and maintain required activity records and regulatory forms.
  • Perform specialized laboratory tests and procedures.
  • Perform injections and surgery and general care of animals.
  • Perform ear mark, dissections and behavioral checks.
  • Monitor environmental conditions in animal housing facilities.
  • Monitor and manage the animal colony, including health status and signs of illness.
  • Train other personnel in protocols and procedures of animal care.
  • Enforce protocols related to the proper containment and disposal of biohazard waste and contaminants.


Education and Experience

  • Associate degree in a related field or equivalent experience and education.
  • Three or more years of experience in animal care or husbandry in a laboratory environment.
  • Knowledge of IACUC and IBC regulations preferred.
  • Laboratory Animal Technician Certification (LAT) preferred. 

Skills and Abilities

  • Specialized knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures and techniques of animal care and husbandry in a research setting.
  • Experience supervising and coordinating the work of others is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with database management programs.
  • Understanding of safety procedures required when handling diagnostic specimens from animals.
  • Ability to understand governmental regulations and guidance.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

About PNRI:

PNRI is an independent, nonprofit, biomedical research institute with a distinguished history of contributing scientific advances to improve health in a variety of disease areas. PNRI is committed to creating a diverse environment and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

Please see www.pnri.org for more information.

How to Apply:

For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume (or curriculum vitae) to hr@pnri.org. No phone calls please.

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