Director of Life Support
Reporting to our Aquarium General Manager, the Director of Life Support is responsible for the start-up and ongoing operation and maintenance of all aquatic Life Support Systems (LSS) in the 46,000-square-foot facility.
This full-time, year-round position will have the unique opportunity to be part of the project from the ground up. Opening is scheduled for summer 2020.
The fully-funded $51M aquarium, which is currently under construction, is located in the heart of the Branson Entertainment District and is expected to be a popular year-round draw for the area. With strong visitation of 8.5 million travelers per year, over the last several years, Branson has seen its average guest age decrease, average guest household income increase, and its Net Promoter Score on par with other major tourist destinations.
Visitors and residents enjoy the Ozark Mountain location for its lakes, waterfalls, trails, caves, and parks. The community is also known for its safe and affordable lifestyle, with housing costs at 23.5% less than the national average.
Functions & Responsibilities
• Monitor all phases of aquarium exhibit and water treatment processing.
• Maintain LSS equipment and processes for normal operation and make necessary repairs or changes.
• Work side-by-side with Director of Husbandry, Operations Manager, and other members of the team in a professional and collaborative manner.
• Lead other LSS staff in performing daily preventative and corrective maintenance as needed.
• Plan for and oversee capital improvement, long term maintenance, and LSS enhancement projects.
• Order and maintain stock of required spare parts, tools, and instruments.
• Follow and maintain all safety policies and procedures.
• Maintain all necessary logs and records and produce regular reports.
Skills & Experience
Education & Experience
• Minimum of five years of experience in aquatic animal life support systems or similar industrial processing plant work experience.
• At least five years in a supervisory role in a maintenance environment.
• At least two years of experience in water treatment, LSS, waterpark or building maintenance.
• Basic knowledge of general maintenance, water & wastewater systems and water chemistry.
• Ability to perform and/or direct operation and repair of life support systems and equipment.
• Knowledge of safety requirements and protocols.
• Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
• Four-year college degree or two-year trade school degree is preferred.
• CPO (certified pools and spas operator), wastewater certification, or AALSO (Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators) is preferred.
• Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office is preferred.