Life Support Specialist

Life Support Specialist

Audubon Zoo //
New Orleans, LA //
Posted on: November 5, 2015 //

Audubon Zoo is currently seeking a Life Support Specialist who will be responsible for maintaining the water quality and filtration systems for the sea lion exhibits and holding pools to the highest standard. This area has recently undergone a major renovation of the filtration system for two exhibit pools which consist of approximately 60,000 and 90,000 gallons. This position will work closely with the Sea Lion Trainers and other key departments to ensure smooth running of the life support equipment and operations. This position requires mechanical aptitude, working knowledge of filtration systems, plumbing, electrical, ozone generators, HVAC, and some basic carpentry skills. This position requires SCUBA, CPR, and First Aid certifications with the ability to swim in water around 60°F. Audubon Zoo is currently working toward opening several new exhibits and it’s an exciting time to become part of the team.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Maintain the highest standard of water quality for the animals in the collection
Conduct daily water quality testing which includes, but is not limited to, chlorine, salinity, pH
Conduct weekly coliform testing
Operate, monitor, and maintain all of the associated equipment (pumps, chillers, ozone generators, filters, and piping systems) to ensure a healthy and safe environment for the animals
Maintain accurate records
Make chemical additions as necessary with the understanding of the impacts those additions make to the water quality and the health of the animals
Understand the impact of life support functions and water quality parameters on marine mammals
Understand and follow AZA/USDA rules and regulations for housing marine mammals; in terms of water quality
Troubleshoot and repair water quality or system issues quickly
Work closely with the team to effectively plan for water quality needs for the animals
Train and up-skill Sea Lion staff to conduct water quality tests and basic filtration system maintenance
Maintain excellent communication and relationships with key personnel within Audubon Nature Institute
SCUBA dive for maintenance of exhibits when necessary

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

Experience working in a general maintenance field where familiarization of pool equipment, plumbing, HVAC is a plus
Ability to operate power tools and a fork lift
Affinity for animals preferred

Education & Experience

Bachelors Degree and at least two years of experience working in a similar zoo/aquarium environment preferred

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

Ability to lift and carry 50lbs

Working Conditions

Ability to work outside in extreme weather conditions

Salary & Benefits