Aquarium Life Support Technician I
The Aquarium Life Support Technician I will be part of a dynamic team that is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s 800,000-gallon aquatic life support systems. This position will provide for the needs of all animal and aquarium life support systems in assigned areas by doing regular daily inspections, maintaining water quality through monitoring and operation of individual life support systems and performing preventative maintenance tasks on life support and related equipment as directed by senior staff. Duties will include the operation and maintenance of pumps, filters, fractionators, compressors, ozone generators, valve and piping systems, electronic control systems, and laboratory equipment. This position will be expected to communicate with staff across functional areas regarding maintenance for each system to maintain the highest animal care standards by collaborating with water quality, veterinary, and animal care staff to ensure the highest standards of animal care and welfare for all animal exhibits and holding/quarantine systems.
Functions & Responsibilities
Skills & Experience
Education & Experience
The ideal candidate will possess the following.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or an Associates of Applied Science degree in Aquarium Science. Experience operating life support systems in a public aquarium, aquaculture facility, water production/distribution systems, or wastewater systems. Experience repairing/installing life support system components or similarly complex machinery. Experience working in construction or life support design. Water quality experience. Experience working in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility.