The Jackson Laboratory

  • Animal Care Trainee I

    Job Locations US-CA-Sacramento
    Posted Date 3 months ago(12/31/2018 1:27 PM)
    Animal Care and Operations 
  • Summary

    Your career begins here at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX)! Join the JAX Animal Care team and be part of a mission to improve human health, while earning a starting wage of $15.20 per hour. This full time position includes a comprehensive Benefits package and excellent career advancement opportunities in our animal care program.


    Successful team members will undergo a 12-week paid training program, which includes classroom and on-the-job training to learn all aspects of animal husbandry and includes laboratory animal science and genetics. Employees will learn to monitor animal health and welfare, maintain a sanitary environment, and prepare animals for shipping.  Animal Care is part of the production team at JAX and work requires attention to detail while working in a highly controlled, fast paced, clean room environment that requires continuous physical movement.


    Candidates must be detail oriented, organized, a self starter, motivated to adhere to quality standards,possess a tenacious aptitude for learning basic genetics, and have an aptitude for learning basic mouse anatomy. Proficiency with English (reading/writing), good penmanship, ability to decipher characters, letters & numbers with ease are required. A basic knowledge of computer skills preferred. Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a fast paced, team oriented environment.  Candidates must also be able to lift 25 pounds.


    Successful applicants must have a minimum of HS diploma or GED and prior work experience.

    Starting hourly wage of $15.20 per hour/ $16.20 per hour after successful completion of the twelve week training program.


    About Us

    The Jackson Laboratory (JAX, is a nonprofit biomedical research institute with over 2,000 employees whose mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for human disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. A National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, JAX has a mammalian genetics headquarters in Bar Harbor, Maine, a facility in Sacramento, California, and a genomic medicine facility, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM), in Farmington, Connecticut.


    The JAX® Mice, Clinical and Research Services facility is located in Sacramento, the state capital of California.  Sacramento is less than a two-hour drive from San Francisco, Napa Valley, and scenic Lake Tahoe, and a short flight to both Los Angeles and Orange County.  Sacramento is the birthplace of the nation’s Farm to Fork movement, and offers excellent restaurants, gastro-pubs, wineries, theaters, and museums.  Outdoor activities are plentiful: Boating, white water rafting, and riding the scenic bicycle trails are popular.  Housing and other costs of living are more affordable in Sacramento and its surrounding suburbs than in most other neighboring areas in the North Bay, making Sacramento one of the hottest housing markets in the country year after year.




    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!




    Our Values:


    INTEGRITY - Courage and commitment to do what is right


    PEOPLE - Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all


    ONE TEAM - Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science


    EXCELLENCE - Achieving world-class results


    INNOVATION - Leading with discovery and creative solutions


    STEWARDSHIP - Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us




    What do we have to offer?




    JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off and tuition reimbursement. 




    Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.




    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.




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