Apprenticeship Experience

Apprenticeship experience at a glance

Phase 1 (weeks 1-5): Animal Care Training in Bar Harbor

For the first five weeks, you will have hands-on and classroom training in how to take care of our mice (animal care). You will gain skills and knowledge in the following topics:

  • Ethical and humane treatment of animals
  • Handling live mice
  • How to prevent the spread of germs
  • How to work on a team
  • Identifying mouse model characteristics
  • How to collect and enter data

Phase 2 (weeks 6-7): Operations training in Ellsworth

For the next two weeks, you will have hands-on and classroom training in how you can support mouse production and distribution (operations). You will gain skills and knowledge in the following topics:

  • How to ship live animals
  • How to clean and assemble materials to keep our mice healthy
  • How to lift and move materials in a safe manner
  • How to work with conveyor and robotic systems

Phase 3 (weeks 8 and 9): Choose your path

For the final two weeks, you get to choose to work in either Animal Care or Operations. Based on your choice, you will be placed in a department and assigned to a mentor. You will have independent daily work as well as exposure to advanced processes and skills within that department.

Check out the detailed job description for more information.

JAX Apprenticeship

Why mice?

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Programs for high school students and teachers

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