Life Support Manager

Life Support Manager

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium //
Draper, Utah //
Apply by: July 22, 2024

Position: Life Support Manager

Reports To: Director of Animal Husbandry


Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake County, Utah is currently recruiting for a Life Support Manager.  This is an ever expanding facility, soon to be the fifth largest aquarium in the United States, in a fast pace environment working with a diverse collection of marine animals.  There is plenty of sun, snowboarding/skiing, mountain biking, and outdoor fun experiences!

While this job description attempts to describe the essential functions of the position, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It does not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties or responsibilities to this job at any time. The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate. The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to the policies.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Manage Level I, II and III Life Support Technicians, as well as interns and volunteers, including but not limited to time cards, PTO, disciplinary action, reviews, and hiring
Be an example of safety and efficiency in their daily duties
Write protocols and procedures to be used in the operation and maintenance of LSS equipment
Manage the preventative maintenance program of all LSS equipment including:
Scheduling routine maintenance for all equipment
Assigning preventative maintenance work orders to other LSS technicians
Purchasing and maintaining inventory of all needed supplies and back-up equipment to ensure continued operations in the face of challenges
Utilizing the LSS module within ZIMS to identify and log all maintenance done to LSS equipment according to approved protocols and procedures
Identify problems with, and implement changes to system design and operation to ensure safety for staff and the animal collection
Assist the Life Support Engineer in planning and implementing new life support system design and installation
Work closely with the facilities staff to ensure the safe installation, maintenance and operation of all LSS equipment, while maintaining all the needs of the animals in exhibits and holding systems at LLPA
Perform inspections, preventative maintenance, routine upkeep, cleaning, and repair of all life support equipment
Understand water chemistry reports and their relationships to life support systems
Maintain accurate and detailed life support systems logs and records
Assist in the making of sea water for marine systems
Participate in special training and professional development opportunities as needed
Inspect, monitor, repair, maintain and rebuild life support system equipment as required
Work closely with the husbandry staff, other departments and volunteers
Respond to emergencies as required
Perform other duties as assigned

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

Critical Skills/Competencies:

Knowledge of pumps, filters, fractionators, UV sterilizers, heat exchangers, ozone systems and/or automated control equipment
Ability to work in a team environment and have strong oral and written communication skills
Attention to detail and cleanliness
Ability to manage people

Education & Experience


A BS/BA degree in related field with at least 5 years full-time paid experience in a relevant field preferred.
Experience in management of personnel.
Knowledge and ability to adhere to OSHA standards and proper use of personal protective equipment in an aquarium environment. OSHA 10 certification for General Industry, preferred.
Skilled in general construction, troubleshooting mechanical systems, and the safe use of tools
AALSO Operator Level III certification, preferred

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

Physical Demands of the Job:

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds, stand for long periods of time and drive aquarium vehicles
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear
The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, reach or feel and manipulate objects or controls
The employee is frequently required to sit, walk distances, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch and stand for long periods for time

Working Conditions

Special Working Conditions:

Working around water, salt, power tools, hazardous chemicals, and potentially dangerous animals
Work may be performed at off-site locations, at night and or on weekends
Must be able to work in an industrial work environment including confined spaces and areas with low headroom and difficult access as well as with hazardous chemicals

Salary & Benefits