Aquatics Life Support Maintenance Worker

Aquatics Life Support Maintenance Worker

Oregon Zoo //
Portland, OR //
Posted on: July 18, 2022 //
Application Information: If interested, don't delay and apply on our website Here is a direct link to the full posting: For questions please email Megan Warneke at [email protected]

The Oregon Zoo’s Life Support Team (LSS) is hiring for an Aquatics Life Support Maintenance Worker. The LSS team is looking for new ways to conserve water and electricity by upgrading equipment and changing operational practices. The LSS team is responsible for the operation a number of fresh and salt water systems that support marine mammals, elephants, cats, beaver/otters and a collection of fish and invertebrates. If you would like to be a part of this groundbreaking team, come, join our team!

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

As the Aquatic Life Support Maintenance Worker you will:

Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on aquatic systems.
Provide water quality testing and monitoring.
Construct new aquatics systems and operations/functions involving mechanical, plumbing and piping as required to maintain Zoo operations.
Collaborate with the Living Collections team to offer the highest level of care to our animals.
Compiles data for reports on water quality, preventive maintenance or procedures. Assists the public, public officials and other employees in a professional and courteous manner.
Performs or oversees the installs and repair of fixtures, cutting, gluing and the threading of pipe, bending pipe and testing valves and other equipment; cleans basins, skimmers and water and waste water plumbing, piping, filtration and mixing systems, and sterilization equipment, hydraulic systems, ozone generators, sand filters, fractionators.
Consults with supervisors, vet staff and animal keepers as necessary to develop concepts, problem solve and determine the requirements of each job; prepares rough working drawings, estimates materials and parts needed, also works with animal keepers on animal care and guest service requirements.
Communicates with zoo guests and others while working on jobs regarding projects and plans; provides directions and other information and performs guest service functions such as assisting lost children, missing persons or emergency services.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

Attributes for success:

Ability to stretch your problem solving skills to a new level.
Ability to use and operate a variety of hand and power tools and equipment requiring specific skill, including power saws and plumbing wrenches.
Operates forklifts, golf carts, and pallet jacks. Operates power and hand tools, etc.
Knowledge of safe work habits and contributes to the safety of self and co-workers.
Ability to contribute to a positive team atmosphere.
Strong communication skills
Ability to be solutions oriented

Education & Experience

Three or more years of experience with life support systems operations and maintenance or equivalent experience in water/wastewater treatment or pool/spa operations and maintenance; experience must include service, repair and installation. In lieu of aquatic life support experience, repair or installation of piping, pump or mechanical systems will be considered.
Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, kills, and abilities to perform the job duties and responsibilities
Possession of, or the ability to obtain upon hire, and maintain a valid driver’s license.
Must complete online OSHA Confined Space Entry – Permit Required & Non-permit certification course within 6 months of hire
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is considered a minimum qualification requirement for Metro job applicants and this proof will be requested during the hiring process.

Job Requirements

Working Conditions

Adverse conditions include prolonged strenuous efforts in hazardous locations, contaminated areas, enclosed spaces, at heights, under inclement weather and other adverse conditions.

Salary & Benefits
Salary: $26.95 per hour.
Based on the Oregon Pay Equity Act requirements, Metro’s internal equity review process, and the candidates’ qualifications, the appointment will typically be made be at the entry rate of $26.95 per hour.