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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Genetics Laboratory Technician

Job Title: Genetics Laboratory Technician 

FLSA Status: Non-exempt 

Hours: Full-time 


About us: 

We are an equal opportunity employer that sets out to inspire, educate and engage people to serve as lifelong stewards for animals, their habitats and their conservation, both locally and from a far. Together, we can preserve and enhance the legacy of the zoo and its species for future generations to come! We are Nebraska's #1 tourist attraction and consistently ranked among the top zoos in the world! 


About the team: 

A team of about 300 full-time and 650 part-time staff members strong, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium benefits the lives of more than 1,415 species across 162 acres of land. We also support the efforts of numerous field conservation projects and research projects that help ensure a future for endangered and critically endangered flora and fauna around the world, even right here in Nebraska! Our team makes a big impart and every role is essential to move our conservation mission forward. From the much-needed Keepers to care for our species to the important Food and Beverage employees helping us gain funds to further continue our mission. This is definitely a unique place to work, employees are exposed to a fun atmosphere, where each workday is never the same. Our zoo is world-class with unmatched scenery to help you get through your duties! 


About Omaha: 

There’s just something about living in Omaha. Something that makes you feel alive and in the moment. Maybe it’s the shorter drive times or the lower cost of living. Or maybe it’s the world-class dining, arts and entertainment that are never too far away. Most likely, it’s the combination of those things that help you settle in and show out, living your best life in one of America’s most up-and-coming cities. Here are a few things that make Omaha easy for us to call home! 

  • Work: The average commute is 20.2 minutes. #8 City for the Best Work-Life Balance. (Kisi, 2019) 

  • Cost of living: 27% less than the national average. A one-bedroom apartments rent is 21% below average. (National Association of Realtors, “Median Sales Price of Existing Single-Family Homes for Metropolitan Areas”) 

  • Hobbies: Home to 85+ miles of paved, interconnected trails for walking, jogging and biking. 30+ lake communities along with 14 state parks all within 40 miles. (Yelp, 2017) 


About the role:  

We are seeking a Laboratory Technician to contribute to ongoing molecular genetics research and conservation-focused studies. This position mandates an 8-hour workday, five days a week from Monday through Friday, totaling 40 hours a week maximum, with exceptions made on the rare occasion. The technician will contribute to the overarching goal of the department to advance the knowledge of species through genetic research to conserve or restore biodiversity. The Laboratory Technician reports to the Laboratory Manager as well as the Director of Conservation Genetics. 


Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to): 

  • Assist in ordering, care, maintenance, and utilization of department equipment and supplies.  

  • Execute experiments and required tasks under supervision and independently. 

  • Prepare solutions and media for molecular biology applications. 

  • Maintain cleanliness and sanitation in the laboratory while following all safety procedures. 

  • Perform DNA extractions using various methodologies. 

  • Carry out genotyping and Sanger sequencing of DNA. 

  • Quantitate DNA though qPCR and other methodologies. 

  • Complete library preparations for next generation sequencing. 

  • Responsible for troubleshooting and resolving problems regarding essential laboratory equipment such as automated DNA fragment analyzers, thermal cyclers, and qPCR machine.  

  • Compile detailed and accurate documentation of all research conducted. 

  • Prepare and analyze data and report on results to department director and outside organizations. 

  • Contribute to the writing of manuscripts, grants and other documents as needed. 


Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • An applicant must have at least 1 year of experience in a relevant field and a bachelor's degree in Biology, Genetics, Environmental Science or related field is required. An equivalent combination of further education and experience from which comparable knowledge and experience may be considered. 

  • A thorough knowledge of molecular genetics and related techniques with a good understanding of biology and chemistry is required. Experience with next-generation sequencing is highly preferred. 

  • Ability to understand and follow lab protocols and standard operating procedures. 

  • Clear understanding of the metric system as well as conversion between various weight measures, and chemical calculations (e.g., molarities and pH).  

  • Knowledge of basic computer programs is imperative with familiarity of bioinformatics software for sequence analysis preferred. 

  • Detail oriented person who follows directions and meets deadlines. 

  • Passion for the conservation of the natural world and a strong interest in research and learning. 

  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with people of various backgrounds in a team environment. 

Candidates might be required to pass a pre-employment background check, drug test, negative TB test, and possess a valid driver’s license with a good history. 


Working Conditions and Physical Effort: 

  • Will sometimes work extended/odd hours including weekends, holidays and some night programs. 

  • Must be able to walk long distances across the zoo. 

  • Majority of work is performed in an office/lab setting. The opportunity for some field work in varied, occasionally harsh, environmental conditions may arise. 

  • Technicians have the potential to be exposed to hazardous chemicals, animal tissues and biological fluids and will be expected to take proper safety precautions at all times. 

  • Must be able to stand, sit, kneel, bend, twist, reach above head and climb. 

  • Will lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds using safe and proper lifting methods. 


Employee Benefits: 

Eligible employees at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are provided a wide range of benefits. Throughout the hiring process we will provide you with more benefit details and which ones apply to your role. 


  • 401(k) savings plan. 

  • Flexible spending account. 

  • Medical insurance. 

  • Dental insurance. 

  • Vision insurance. 

  • Employee assistance program. 

  • Life insurance. 

  • Long-term disability. 

  • Voluntary term life insurance. 

  • Vacation, sick leave, holiday and paid-time off (PTO) accrual. 

  • Uniforms are provided. 

  • Free annual tickets for rides. 

Part-Time (the benefits below also apply to full-time staff) 

  • Free Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park membership for you and your immediate family. 

  • Employee discounts. 

  • Behind-the-scenes sneak peek at new exhibits. 



The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.  

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC. 

How to Apply

Please apply here:

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3701 S 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Phone: 4027338401

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