Life Support Systems Technician
This is a full-time (40 hours per week with benefits), union position, which is subject to the successful completion of a probationary (or trial period) and the deduction of union dues.
The position is in the maintenance department. The candidate will perform work on aquatic features in a variety of animal areas as well as some non-animal aquatic features.
Functions & Responsibilities
Monitoring water clarity and quality of our aquatic exhibits
Daily operation and maintenance of life support and other aquatic systems
Daily backwashing and media changes of filtration systems
Developing and implementing preventative maintenance schedules for aquatic systems
Participate in Dive operations as needed
Performs research and development pertaining to the design and operation of life support system components and/or the effectiveness of components or systems
Able to interpret water quality data and perform corrections to systems as needed
Keep water quality standards in exhibits in compliance with USDA/APHIS Animal Welfare Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act requirements
Assisting with and understanding ozone systems, chlorination and UV sterilization.
Performing minor repairs and assisting with major maintenance on aquatic systems and exhibits
Troubleshoot and repair pumps, sand filters, valves, actuators controllers, ozone generators, chlorine disinfection systems and miscellaneous equipment
Other related duties as assigned to ensure the overall well being of the animals and advance the mission of the Zoo
Other Duties & Responsibilities
Must be willing to dive year-round to keep up with exhibit aesthetics and maintenance.
Skills & Experience
Knowledge & Skills
Animal husbandry knowledge would be preferred.
Candidate must have strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and experience with aquatic systems in a zoo or aquarium and a strong working knowledge of water chemistry.
Education & Experience
Must have 1-3 years of experience/training in mechanical repair, plumbing, life support systems and electrical systems.
College degree in biology or life sciences preferred.
Candidate must also be able to stoop, bend, climb, lift and carry 50 lb.
Must be organized and able to work independently without close supervision and be able to work a flexible schedule. The successful candidate is required to work closely with animal department personnel, maintenance personnel and to interact cooperatively with other employees, Zoo visitors, guests, students, and volunteers. Must have the ability to work in difficult and confined areas in all types of weather conditions.