9 weeks – June 19 through August 18.
Apprentices are only allowed three unexcused absences during the 9-week program.
Exceptions can be made for school obligations like your school calendar or a school sports team.
If you are asked to become a JAX Apprentice, we can work with you to come up with a customized plan. Don’t let your school obligations deter you!
Apprentices will be paid $18 per hour. You can expect to make up to $6,500 during the program!
Yes. All U.S. based employees, including remote employees, and on-site affiliates and students must be fully vaccinated against Covid 19, unless they are subject to religious or medical exception. For the purposes of this requirement, “fully vaccinated” means that you have received all doses of a WHO-approved or FDA-approved vaccine. Boosters are strongly encouraged, however not required.
The work day will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 3:30 pm. The first phase will be in Bar Harbor, second phase in Ellsworth and third phase wherever you choose!
You will receive additional employment forms such as a W-4 and consents for your parent/guardian to sign. Before your first day, a background check will be conducted by JAX and a physical exam must be completed by a medical professional.
On the first day you will partake in a day-long orientation to the lab, our community and our processes. You will meet the other apprentices, your trainers and your mentors.
You will be provided with a subsidy of $5 per day toward food. Our Bar Harbor facility has a cafeteria and lunch will be provided while in Ellsworth.
If you don’t have your license already, or have ability to carpool with another employee, transportation can be provided via Downeast Transportation.
JAX employees enjoy the responsibility of caring for our mice. It is fascinating to see all the different shapes and sizes that a mouse can be and to watch their behaviors!
However, working with live animals requires specific training and preparation, as well as special clothing. You will be walked through this every step of the way!
Interested in learning about JAX mice? JAX Online MicroLessons and MiniCoursesSelf-paced online learning from the genetics and genomics experts at The Jackson Laboratory, designed for graduate and postdoctoral students, research assistants, early career scientists, lab technicians and advanced undergraduates with a background in biology.Check out some of JAX’s free online courses.
If you complete the summer program, you may be extended a job offer that can be accepted once you turn 18 and graduate high school. However, accepting this offer is not a requirement of the program. The technical and soft skills that you gain during your apprenticeship can be applied to a variety of workforce sectors. We encourage you to explore all of your options, especially continuing your education. Of course, we hope that you enjoy your experience with us and that one day you will return to JAX.
If you are a current senior and graduating with your high school diploma or GED this summer, you are not eligible to participate in the Animal Care Apprenticeship Program. However, you are qualified to apply for a full-time position at JAX once you turn 18! Check out our current job postings in Animal Care and Operations. We are growing so there are positions in Bar Harbor, Ellsworth and even our facility in Sacramento, California! We would love to have you join us!
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