Life Support Operator

Life Support Operator

Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium //
Kansas City, MO //

Under direction, the Life Support Operator performs routine work assignments involving the life support systems throughout the Zoo & Aquarium. This includes ensuring all systems are functioning properly and overseeing day-to-day operations to assure proper water quality, clarity and chemistry. Work areas include the Aquarium, polar bear pool, penguin building (2 penguin pools and multiple saltwater aquariums), sea lion pool, elephant pool, Stingray Bay, Missouri Department of Conservation aquarium, and otter exhibit.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Responsible for general maintenance and operation of all life support systems, including:

Backwashing filters, water transfers, and pump basket maintenance for all pools and aquariums.

Maintaining daily checklists for all life support systems.

Following cleaning and preventive maintenance schedule for all life support area equipment, including pumps, filters, instrumentation and ozone systems.

Performing equipment function checks and calibrations.

Working closely with supervisor to ensure timely ordering of parts, equipment and supplies, such as salt, chemicals and testing kits.

Reporting maintenance issues and potential safety hazards to management.
Helping to create operational standards for systems.

Establishing good working relationships and communication with animal staff to ensure equipment and procedures are working properly.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

Previous experience with and general knowledge of life support systems required.

Knowledge of water chemistry, proper laboratory and quarantine techniques.

Ability to perform repairs and general maintenance on various life support systems and equipment, such as sand filters, protein skimmers, water pumps, meters, generators, air pumps and ozone systems.

Knowledge of safety requirements and protocols required while working with life support systems.

Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, required.

Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

Education & Experience

AALSO Level 1 Life Support Operator certification preferred.

SCUBA certification preferred.

Job Requirements
Salary & Benefits
Salary: $20.00/Hour