Life Support Level 1
The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Maintenance Supervisor and Aquatic Animal Life Support Lead and assist in maintaining all aspects of the Life Support and Maintenance Department at Newport Aquarium. Responsibilities will include a multitude of maintenance work including: aquatic life support, water quality, closed system operations, HVAC, plumbing, painting, carpentry, and other facility maintenance. The priorities for this position include attention to animal health, exhibit excellence and visitor experience
Functions & Responsibilities
• Daily visual/physical monitoring of all equipment. Must keep strict record of life support data and ability analyze and respond accordingly. Any problems are to be alleviated or reported immediately.
• Responsible for responding to all emergency trouble calls, expediting repairs to ensure guest and employee safety. Recognize and repair equipment that needs replacing and/or adjustment in the best way to minimize interruption of operations. Operate simple machine tools, such as, drill press, power saw, etc.
• Advise when immediate shutdown of equipment is necessary to minimize damage, or when temporarily continued operation will have no harmful effect. Make either temporary or permanent repairs as required to equipment
• Work well with other life support technicians to alleviate problems that allow systems to run optimally.
• Maintain knowledge of all hazards and safety precautions. Work safely within the electrical environment without causing damage to equipment or endangering specimens, guests, or employees.
• Perform routine daily and preventative maintenance on all life support equipment following proper protocol.
• Work directly with water quality lab pertaining to mixing saltwater recipe and water quality issues. Relay this information to the Husbandry staff.
• Understand and effectively carry out complex written and oral instructions.
• Maintain communications with other departments in order to obtain information on ways for improving life support techniques and quality of workmanship.
• Performs other related duties as assigned
Skills & Experience
Knowledge & Skills
• Minimum of two (2) years previous experience in a related area
• Sound knowledge of the materials and techniques used in this field
• Knowledge of carpentry, painting, plumbing, and/or electric is a plus. Must be able to lift 50 pounds
• Basic understanding of Life Support System (LSS) theory and operation
• Excellent observation and communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills and ethics that generate and sustain a positive team atmosphere and professional environment
• Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays. Ability to respond to emergencies when needed
• Successful completion of pre-employment drug screening and background check
• Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop, work in wet and slippery conditions
• Ability to work in all weather conditions
• Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds
YOU CAN EXPECT:
You can expect to work on projects that have never been done before – ideas that are unproven, and concepts that make people smile. You can expect to have fun and be treated with respect the minute you start…and through to the end. You can expect to work in an environment that is highly innovative and low in politics – truthful and filled with smart people!
And most of all, you can expect to work hard and make a difference in our world by helping to bring families closer together.