Animal Use Trainer

at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Job Description

The Animal Use Trainer is responsible for providing hands on and didactic training in a variety of venues to JAX and non-JAX people at all levels, from animal care technicians to Ph.D. scientists. In addition to training, the Trainer, Animal Use is responsible for stocking and maintaining the teaching area, assisting in the development and improvement of the curriculum, and assisting with other training as needed. This is a highly visible position; the Trainer must represent The Jackson Laboratory at the highest standards. This individual will be a highly motivated, well-qualified individual reporting to the Supervisor, Animal Use.

Training - Well trained students require multiple teaching styles and hands-on work with significant assistance from the Trainer, Animal Use. The Trainer provides training or assists in the training of the following courses (among others):
JAX New Hire Orientation
Concepts of Animal Use Orientation
Basic Surgery
Laboratory Animal Science I and II
Curriculum Development and Laboratory Maintenance - This individual continuously reviews the course content to ensure JAX is in-line with the most recent industry standards. The Trainer, Animal Use prepares for classes which include setting up the lab space and records maintenance. Proper class preparation ensures students have well thought-out, easy to use visual aids to refer to, and the class stays on the right path throughout the course. Maintenance of the laboratory or designated training area which includes scheduling, stocking supplies, and cleaning.
Demonstrations- Trainer, Animal Use prepares and performs demonstrations for students and other visitors to The Jackson Laboratory. Depending on the visitors and the nature of their visit, this may include instruction in basic handling and/or discussion on training and guidelines for animal use in research and/or production.
Other duties as assigned which may include clerical duties, assisting with writing and/or revising new or existing policies and procedures associated with animal use training, special projects such as clinical investigations and disease surveillance, assisting the AWC office with pilot studies, etc.

Knowledge of biology and/or animal science normally obtained through successful completion of a biological sciences degree or related field and/or equivalent or High School Diploma with 5 years relevant experience
Licensed veterinary technician preferred; or capable and willing to achieve this certification within 1 year
Must possess strong written and oral interpersonal skills to work in a high profile environment which permit the clear and effective exchange of information with people representing a wide diversity of disciplines and levels of sophistication
Skilled in performance of common Biomethods techniques
Ability to work with computer software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
Possess a strong attention to detail along with patience and flexibility to adjust teaching approaches and techniques that accommodate students with different capabilities, skill levels and levels of confidence
This position requires the Trainer, Animal Use to:
Walk and/or stand for 1/3 - 2/3 amount of time
Lift items up to 25lbs

About JAX:
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,400 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.
JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients' lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 "Best Places to Work in Academia" in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!

EEO Statement:
The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Job Posting: 901640

Posted On: Mar 09, 2023

Updated On: Apr 27, 2023

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