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Coordinator of Living Resources

Department: Natural Sciences
Location: Chestertown, MD

Washington College seeks a Coordinator of Living Plant and Animal Resources. The Coordinator is responsible - for developing and maintaining institutional standard operating procedures, guidelines and requirements pertaining to the care and use of plants and laboratory animals in research and education in order to ensure compliance with USDA and NIH regulations in the area of environmental controls and animal husbandry standards. The Coordinator instructs technicians, students, and investigators in animal facility techniques and procedures, use of equipment and record keeping, assists faculty and students in preparing course-related laboratory exercises and independent research projects and serves on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC.) The Coordinator is also responsible for staffing the weekend care of animals.


2 or 4-year college degree, in biology, or related degree in the life sciences, or at least 3 years’ experience working within a laboratory animal facility. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Current certification by the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) as a Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) or the willingness to obtain that certification within 18 months of starting in the position is required.

Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification and  knowledge of USDA and NIH regulations, research related work experience, including small animal surgical procedures, and previous experience maintaining an aquaculture or horticultural laboratory are desirable. 

Experience and Background:

  1. Knowledge of The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NRC1996) and regulations governing the use of animals in research in the United Stated that are part of The Animal Welfare Act.
  2. Familiarity with standard procedures for day-to-day operation of a research animal vivarium housing vertebrates (including fish, reptiles, and laboratory rodents).
  3. Familiarity with standard procedures required for day-to-day operation of a greenhouse facility.
  4. Knowledge of OSHA regulations as they may apply to faculty, staff, and student workers involved in daily care and maintenance of animals housed in the vivarium.
  5. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft suite of software
  6. Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Washington College is located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a one-hour drive of Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment, and encourages applications from women, people of color, disabled persons, members of the LGBTQ community, and veterans.

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