Transportation/Logistical Support and Animal Caretaker
Fort Detrick, MD 
Posted 3 days ago
Job Description

Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) has a The need for a Transportation/Logistical Support and Animal Caretaker located in Frederick, MD

Candidate shall provide transportation services that are available during regular duty hours (7:00 AM to 3:30 PM or 0700-1530) as most VMD driving missions occur on short notice. Duties involve transport of shipments of items on a daily basis, within and outside USAMRIID. Driver duties shall entail operation of Government furnished vehicles, carts, and handcarts for movement of equipment, supplies, and animals between USAMRIID buildings, including the warehouses. Transport shall include live animals, lab specimens, food supplies, equipment, cages and miscellaneous data, reports and materials. Transport shall be by Government-furnished vehicle external to other Government agencies and/or DoD facilities or between USAMRIID facilities, or by transport cart within or between the buildings.


  • Provide necessary logistical support for USAMRIID animal facilities as set forth in the contract requirements, or as shall be requested by the TPOC, COR, or Director, VMD (or designated representative) to maintain necessary animal care.
  • Conduct, under the guidance of the TPOC, COR, or representative, all activities associated with moving animals, supplies, and equipment between USAMRIID operational sites, and USAMRIID and other external entities, or between other locations, as required.
  • Assist in transport container preparation for animal movement, ensure full preparation of vehicles for animal and equipment transport, loading and unloading of animal crates, cages, or other transport containers, loading and unloading of equipment and supplies.
  • Candidate will take inventory of equipment or materials stocked by the contract or government, replenishment of stockage of basic expendable supplies such as PPE or similar supplies, moving equipment requiring calibration to and from medical maintenance support locations, and transporting materials between building via cart of other conveyance.
  • Ensure required preventive maintenance check is completed for all Government vehicles each day and each time used.
  • Provide monthly dispatch information as requested y the COR or designated TPOC.
  • Complete all trainings as required to perform tasks.
  • When not performing transportation/logistical services, provide husbandry support to include:
  • Provide animal care and husbandry including environmental enrichment, monitor animals twice daily, and have water available at all times.
  • Assist with the receipt, examination, verification, and housing of all incoming laboratory animals.
  • House animals in appropriate size and types of cages. Ensure adequate provision of feed and water for all animals. Replace bedding, change cages, and maintain areas in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Ensure animals are properly identified.
  • Transfer animals from cages to equipment for the purpose of transport, temporary containment or manipulation.
  • Ensure room designations and quarantine procedures for incoming animals shall be strictly adhered to in accordance with the SOPs.
  • Clean and decontaminate the area upon completion.
  • Competently restrain species with which they are working with.
  • Document specific observations or findings on appropriate forms.
  • Assist with Cagewash to include changing of bedding, washing and sanitizing cages; and autoclaving equipment, feed, bedding, water and other materials and supplies.
  • Maintain a same-day cage washing service.
  • Maintain records of the temperatures for each assigned autoclave load, using the summary read-out heat tapes for all autoclave equipment cycles.

  • A valid state license for the category of vehicle being operated (to include, when necessary, a Commercial Driver's License - CDL) and has NOT had his/her driver's license suspended for any reason within the past 10 years.
  • H.S. Diploma
  • Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification is preferred within 12 months of being at USAMRIID if contractor has previous laboratory animal experience or 18 months of being at USAMRIID if contractor has no laboratory animal experience.
  • Forklift certified or willing to obtain certification

  • Experience with Microsoft word, excel and outlook

  • Critical attention to detail
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) experience
  • Prior lab animal experience working with nonhuman primates (NHP)

  • US Citizen required and NACI

The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is a fast-growing government service provider. Employees enjoy competitive salaries. Eligible employees enjoy a 401K plan with company match; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; tuition reimbursement; paid time off; and 10 paid holidays.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are proud to state that we do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. If you are a person with a disability and you need an accommodation during the application process, please click to request accommodation. We E-Verify all employees.

The Alaka`ina Foundation Family of Companies (FOCs) is comprised of industry-recognized government service firms designated as Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO)-owned and 8(a) certified businesses. The Family of Companies (FOCs) includes Ke`aki Technologies, Laulima Government Solutions, Kpono Government Services, and Kapili Services, Po`okela Solutions, Kkaha Solutions, LLC, and Pololei Solutions, LLC. Alaka`ina Foundation activities under the 501(c)3 principally benefit the youth of Hawaii through charitable efforts which includes providing innovative educational programs that combine leadership, science & technology, and environmental stewardship.

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We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of individuals with disabilities and veterans. We are proud to state that we do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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