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Pathology Technician I

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego
Bachelor Degree

One of the qualifications required for this job vacancy is the completion of Bachelor Degree. While the job is currently located in San Diego, the employer is open to discussing potential remote work arrangements for qualified candidates who live elsewhere. Before you apply, consider if the full time type of job offered by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is right for you. Since the employer does not reveal the salary, you may have negotiating power during the hiring process. The job listing for the Pathology Technician I position has been available since May 14, 2024, and it will be inaccessible after June 11, 2024. The address where the work will be performed is San Diego , CA , San Diego , CA.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Pathology Technician I

The Pathology Technician I performs assigned necropsy and histopathology laboratory duties in support of diagnostic pathology services, conservation research programs, and other initiatives. The position reports to a Veterinary Pathologist in Disease Investigations of the Conservation Science and Wildlife Health Department.


  • Conducts post-mortem examinations (necropsies/ animal autopsies) on a wide variety of animals, collects tissue samples, and prepares detailed written reports of findings, under the supervision of a board-certified veterinary pathologist. 
  • Prepares tissues for histologic processing and other procedures and assists with histology laboratory operations.
  • Organizes and maintains databases of pathology records, samples, and tissues; fulfills research sample requests; and ships samples to internal and external laboratories and researchers.
  • Maintains laboratory facilities and equipment, inventories laboratory supplies, and requisitions replacements.
  • Assists with supervision and teaching of visiting students and trainees in the necropsy and histopathology laboratories.
  • Takes and files gross photographs of tissues for review by pathologists. 


The ideal candidate for this position is experienced, knowledgeable, hard-working, detail-oriented, and interested in pursuing a long-term career in a veterinary pathology laboratory. They should enjoy working as part of a team of like-minded individuals committed to using diagnostic pathology to benefit wildlife health and conservation.

    • At least one year of experience with ante or postmortem animal handling or examinations, animal dissections, pathology laboratory work, or other equivalent experience required
    • At least one year of experience with science communication or interpretation of scientific concepts preferred
    • Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences or related field or equivalent specialized training required.
    • Able to visually identify and describe anatomic tissues using standard medical terminology and excellent writing skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to safely work with medical equipment, biohazardous materials, chemicals, and certain machinery in a laboratory environment
    • Proficient in data and record keeping.
    • Able to operate moderately complex computer software programs.
    • Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Able to work effectively with others in a diverse environment
    • Able to attend to the needs of assigned research collections and/or community members.


  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program


  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Hourly Full-Time Non-Exempt Position
  • Hourly Range: $25.77 to $28.48


Hourly Range: $25.77 to $28.48

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How to Apply

Apply directy in our Careers page:

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
2920 Zoo Dr,
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-231-1515

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