Life Support System & Maintenance Manager

Life Support System & Maintenance Manager

Children's Aquarium Dallas //
Dallas, Texas //
Posted on: August 1, 2022 //
Apply by: August 20, 2022

This position is responsible for the Aquarium’s overall equipment and facilities maintenance, including life support equipment operations. Management and preventative maintenance of all life support system (LSS) equipment, including but not limited to pumps, sand filters, UV, ozone generators and other equipment that are critical to animal health.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

• Manage the maintenance and life support systems.
• Assist in writing protocols and procedures to be used in the operation and maintenance of LSS equipment.
• Assist in managing the preventative maintenance program of all LSS equipment.
• Scheduling routine maintenance for all equipment.
• Secure and maintain inventory of supplies and back-up equipment to ensure continued operations.
• Identify and record all maintenance performed to LSS equipment according to approved protocols and procedures.
• Identify problems with and implement changes to system design and operation to ensure safety for guests, staff and the animal collection.
• Ensure the safe installation, maintenance and operation of all LSS equipment, while maintaining the needs of the animals in exhibits and holding systems.
• Perform inspections, preventative maintenance, routine up-keep, cleaning and repair of all equipment.
• Work in conjunction with Animal Operations Team to ensure proper water chemistry and conditions exist for the living collection.
• Maintain up-to-date electronic records on water quality, system maintenance and system checks.
• Perform general facility repair and maintenance.
• Manage emergency situations to minimize damage, loss or injury to guests, team members, animals or company property.
• In collaboration with Guest Experience Department, ensure exhibits and programs engage, educate and entertain diverse audiences.
• Work closely with volunteers and educators provide exemplary guest service and engagement.
• Other duties as assigned.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

• Three years + in a similar position required.
• PADI Open Water or equivalent (or able to obtain within 90 days of employment) preferred.
• First Aid, CPR, Emergency O2, and AED certification (or able to obtain within 90 days of employment) required.
• Proficient in operating, maintaining, designing and building life support systems for marine and freshwater systems essential.
• Knowledge and ability to adhere to OSHA standards and proper use of personal protective equipment in an aquarium environment required.
• Skilled in general construction, troubleshooting mechanical systems and the safe use of tools.
• Preferred certification – AALSO Operator Level II.
• Knowledge of water chemistry and monitoring in an aquarium environment.
• Degree or relevant work experience required.
• Exceptional leadership skills and proven experience.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience managing departmental budgets preferred.
• Strong listening, presentation and decision-making skills.
• Creative problem solver who thrives when presented with a challenge.
• Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.

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