Life Support Systems Technician

Life Support Systems Technician

Mystic Aquarium //
Mystic, CT //

Environmental Quality provides internal services to Mystic Aquarium’s animal care teams. Demonstration of a positive, can-do attitude and a teamwork focused work ethic are always required.

The Life Support System Systems (LSS) Technician is responsible for daily operations, monitoring, maintenance, and repair of primary and ancillary aquatic life support system equipment while ensuring the highest standard of care for Mystic Aquarium’s animal collection.

This position assists the Manager of Life Support Systems in monitoring, preserving, and modifying existing water treatment processes; installing new equipment and process components; and identifying/acquiring critical equipment, components, supplies, and consumables.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Consistently provide internal and external customers service at or above expectations.

Operate, maintain, and repair aquatic life support equipment including but not limited to filters, pumps, protein fractionators, ultraviolet sterilizers, ozone generators and monitors, chemical dosing equipment, heat exchangers, water treatment controls, and process instrumentation.

Thoroughly follow instructions and carry out projects and assignments in a team and/or independent setting with minimal supervision, and complete assignments efficiently and effectively.

Maintain effective and thorough written and verbal communications and exhibit respectful behavior in these communications.

Demonstrate compliance with Mystic Aquarium’s standards, State and Federal regulatory requirements and industry standards.

Work cross-functionally with Zoological Operations staff including the Manager of Water Quality, Water Quality Technicians, animal husbandry staff, Dive Safety Officer, and Veterinarians, as well as outside contractors and vendors, to facilitate the highest degree of animal care and welfare.

Assist with developing and implementing systems and standard operating procedures.

Keep equipment and associated areas clean and well maintained.
Move and distribute controlled materials and chemicals and adhere to SDS and PPE protocols and safety recommendations.

Perform duties in variable environmental and physical conditions.
Arrive for shift on time and ready to work.

Must be available for emergencies and able to adjust work schedule to fulfill responsibilities.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

All employees are responsible for always working safely.

Every employee must properly use and keep in good order all personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied as protection from recognized hazards.
Every employee must report any unsafe condition.

Every employee must have a working knowledge of all Facility wide, and Department-specific, safety procedures that relate to their position, including, but not limited to: Emergency Evacuation, Lockdown Procedure, and Fire Extinguisher use.

Must be willing and flexible to work after hours, weekends, and holidays.

Sea Research Foundation, Inc. (dba Mystic Aquarium) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

Experience with tools/power tools, machinery, and heavy equipment (forklift) operation.

General knowledge of electrical systems and control applications.
Able to interpret technical/mechanical drawings and schematics (P&ID’s, blueprints, diagrams).

Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office applications a must; TRACKS experience preferred.

SCUBA certification or the ability to pass a swim test required.

Multilingual; Spanish speaking preferred.

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in related discipline preferred.

1 year of hands-on experience operating LSS and/or other mechanical systems required, with demonstrated history of outstanding workmanship:
1. Plumbing (PVC primarily)
2. Maintenance of pumps, filters, valves, and ancillary equipment
3. Experience with chemistry in aquatic animal systems

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

Physically demanding requiring ability to lift 75 lbs., maneuvering in confining and lofty locations, and within a variety of environmental conditions (rain, snow, heat, indoors, outdoors).

Situational awareness, good body conditioning, and excellent hand-eye coordination required.

Salary & Benefits
Salary: commensurate with experience