Life Support and Facilities Maintenance Technician

Life Support and Facilities Maintenance Technician

SR3 Sealife Response, Rehab and Research //
Des Moines, WA //
Posted on: December 16, 2022 //
Apply by: January 31, 2023
Application Information: TO APPLY: submit cover letter, resume and two professional references to [email protected], position open until filled.

SR3 is looking for a Pool Filtration and Facilities Maintenance Technician to join our team. This position is responsible for the operation and maintenance of our pool filtration systems, performing facility maintenance and light construction projects.

The technician will provide technical expertise, completing a variety of maintenance/repair activities as well as monitoring and maintaining all filtration systems and components. Work performed will include monitoring, equipment maintenance, repairs and installation, troubleshooting issues, employee training for filtration system operation, updating standard operating procedures, development of preventative maintenance standards, plumbing, and light construction projects. Duties will include overseeing day to day operations to ensure proper water quality, clarity and chemistry.

The technician will regularly communicate with outside vendors and may occasionally coordinate the work of other contractors as needed. The position will work closely with the husbandry and veterinary staff enabling us to offer the highest level of care to our animals.

SR3’s facilities consist of 12 dump and fill pools under a large outdoor structure, two above ground outdoor pools each with individual filtration systems, a salt water mixing system, and one 1500 square foot modular office building. In early 2023 we will be adding another small pool with filtration, making upgrades to our current life support system and building out a cargo trailer for necropsy, the technician would be expected to lead and complete these projects.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions


Responsible for continuous monitoring and preventative maintenance of all life support systems, plumbing and facilities maintenance.

Complete routine life support maintenance such as backwashing sand filters, water quality and chemistry management and making brine.

Isolate, troubleshoot and repair faulty equipment including rebuilding pumps, ozone generation systems, system filtration, and LSS controls equipment and plumbing. Will require application of technical knowledge to solve complex problems.

Complete construction/fabrication projects as needed for life support equipment and special projects for animal care.

Observe applicable safety requirements, use safety equipment provided, implement appropriate safety practices at all times and report any unsafe working conditions or hazards.

Maintain up to date, accurate records and logs on water quality, system maintenance and system checks. Proactively communicate issues to appropriate staff and help to resolve them as needed.

Assist with repairs to the building and enclosures as needed. May require working with wood, drywall, paint, metal, concrete, fiberglass etc.

Respond to emergencies, including major systems failures and alarms in times of emergency or natural disaster, as needed to take immediate and corrective action to protect animals and assets.

Operate and maintain a variety of power tools and equipment.

Keep protocols and procedures to be used in the operation and maintenance of LSS equipment up to date.

Coordinate coliform screening and any other necessary water quality testing, collecting and delivering samples to the offsite laboratory. Understands and interprets reports, carrying out corrective actions as needed.

General construction and maintenance projects (cargo trailer remodel, new pool and filtration installation, life support systems upgrades)

Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees.

Purchase and maintain inventory of supplies and replacement equipment to ensure continued operations.

Attend the annual AALSO conference

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills


We will consider various combinations of relevant experience and education in order to meet these requirements.

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Work experience in a related technical field.

Detailed functional knowledge of water filtration, water chemistry, plumbing, and life support system equipment including but not limited to pumps, water chillers, heat exchangers, pumps, mototrs, fractionators, sand filters, UV, and ozone generators.

Basic understanding of system design and construction.

Applicant must have the ability to troubleshoot complex water treatment and filtration systems and make necessary repairs.

Must be able to work with and/or operate a variety of tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner as well as have knowledge of a wide variety of materials and where they should be appropriately installed.

Ability to lift up to 60 pounds, climb ladders and crawl in small or difficult to access spaces.

Must have good written and oral communication skills.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include weekends and/or holidays as needed and respond to emergency situations.

Must have a valid Washington driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.

Mechanical aptitude and logical problem-solving skills.

Proficient with commonly used software (Gmail, Google docs, Word, Excel).

Knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.

Knowledge of pump operations, mechanical maintenance, and repair.

Knowledge of use, repair, and care of equipment pertinent to the performance of filtration systems.

Able to apply logic to tracing pipe lines, basic mechanical skills and equipment maintenance.

Detail-oriented, organized and diligent approach to both everyday tasks and problem-solving.

Strong organizational and time management skills; the ability to prioritize, allocate and monitor workload; use sound judgment to address problems and discrepancies.

Must be able to swim.

Willingness to obtain AALSO certification if not already certified

Education & Experience


Associates or Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of two years experience in mechanical, building engineering or technical field preferred.

Previous aquatic animal life support experience in a private or public aquarium is highly desirable.

Knowledge of marine mammal rehabilitation and handling techniques

Knowledge of OSHA safety requirements.

Pipe fitting and fabrication experience.

Aquatic Animal Life Support Systems (LSS) for animals certified, or be willing to obtain certification

General knowledge of building mechanical systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical etc.) and how to troubleshoot them.

Experience with coordinating multiple tasks/projects.

Job Requirements

Working Conditions


Exposure to various temperatures and humidity.

Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways.

Exposure to difficult to access spaces.

Work around and use hazardous chemicals with proper PPE.

Exposure to working with bio-hazards and around zoonotic diseases.

Frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb and crawl.

Frequently required to lift up to 60 pounds and may be required to “team lift” heavier weights.

Salary & Benefits
Salary: COMPENSATION: $20.00–$30.00hour
COMPENSATION: $20.00–$30.00hour, D.O.E. Please include pay expectations in your cover letter.