Facility Operator I or II (Experience Dependent)

Facility Operator I or II (Experience Dependent)

Mississippi Aquarium //
Gulfport, MS //

The position reports to the Manager of Facility Operations. The Facility Operator is responsible for performing equipment maintenance tasks, cleaning, and general labor pertaining to animal life support systems and building mechanical systems. The ability to make accurate assessments of filter status and the cleaning schedule of filters is essential. Basic operational knowledge of building maintenance and mechanical systems is necessary for this position.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

• Performing daily inspections on all critical systems [heating, cooling, controls, HVAC, pumping and animal life support systems (LSS)], reporting and working to correct any anomalies.
• Assist other operators with daily routine tasks as well as perform preventative maintenance on various equipment.
• Receive, distribute, and store various products such as chlorine, acids and salts.
• Perform general maintenance tasks for beautification of property including basic landscaping, painting, walkway cleaning, carpentry and rubbish removal.
• Complete general repairs of faulty equipment and/or damages to premisses
• Availability to work weekends, holidays, on-call rotation, weather events and respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis if needed.
• Participate in staff meetings and provide relevant input.
• Unloading and warehousing of operational consumables and supplies.
• Undertake special projects as assigned by the Manager of Facility Operations.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

• Written and verbal communication skills in order to comprehend detailed
instructions in English;
• Ability to lift a minimum of sixty (60) pounds. Experience performing work that
requires physical strength, stamina and good physical coordination;
• Carry out routine tasks with minimal supervision;
• Able to negotiate various field conditions – hot, cold, humid, wet, ice, wind, odors,
smoke, uneven ground, etc;
• Able to work in a standing, kneeling, squatting or prone position for extended
periods of time;
• Valid driver’s license required;

Education & Experience

• High school diploma; or equivalent GED or life experience.
• Minimum of 1 or more years of experience operating LSS and/or building
mechanical systems.
• Prior experience operating commercial filtration equipment, mechanical
equipment, HVAC, building control systems beneficial.
• Aquatic Animal Life Support Operator (AALSO) Level 1 preferred or the ability to receive certification within 1 year of employment. Training provided as necessary.
• Experience with power tools, hand tools, welding, and fabrication using a variety
of materials.
• Able to work in spaces with limited clearance, at heights, and/or close contact
with other team members.
• Fall protection and Confined Space entry certification or the ability to receive
certification within 1 year of employment. Training provided as necessary.
• Regular and consistent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) included but not limited to a properly fitted respirator, eye and ear protection, gloves, hard hat, harness, steel-toed footwear

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

Team Requirements:
• Safety & Security - All Team Members are required to adhere to all Mississippi
Aquarium safety and security standards.
• Attendance & Appearance - To maximize the guest’s experience, all Team
Members are required to adhere to Mississippi Aquarium standard operating
procedures regarding attendance and dress code policies as it relates to
individual job functionality.
• Sales & Guest Services - Our forward-thinking business model requires
listening and understanding the needs of our guests both internal and external.
To that end, we must always be focused on the guest experience which is the
key driver for return guest visitation and increased sales.
• Team Partnership - All Team Members are focused on supporting each other to
complete the guest experience.  Therefore, supporting, facilitating, and
participating in activities that promote team effectiveness is vital to our

Working Conditions

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell – any or all of which may be for extended periods. The employee must often lift and/or move up to 60 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

Salary & Benefits