Life Support Technician

Life Support Technician

Utah's Hogle Zoo //
Salt Lake City, UT //
Application Information: Apply on the Hogle Zoo website job page.

The position is responsible for the safe operation, maintenance, repairs and monitoring of all aspects of life support and mechanical systems of the Zoo’s water exhibits. Work involves conducting water tests and analysis, preventive maintenance, along with reading plans and blueprints. This position is a member of the dive team and will participate in dive operations associated with keeping large animal pools clean. The specialist will communicate with Animal Care staff regarding pertinent information relating to life support systems.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Mission: Create Champions for Wildlife

Utah’s Hogle Zoo has been a loved and trusted part of the community for over 80 years. Besides providing a great experience for our guests, we aim to create champions for wildlife. Regardless of the job or position you have at the zoo, you will be a champion for wildlife. If you believe in hard work, have a great attitude, are passionate about what you do, and love working with people, then we look forward to talking with you!


Reports directly to the Life Support Supervisor.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

1. Support of related equipment used for diving and responding to mechanical problems arising during dives.

2. Must be on call for emergencies and may work varied shifts.

3. Conducts repairs on all life-support and facility mechanical systems, including, but not limited to: fresh and salt-water pumps, filters, heat exchangers, valves,
pressure regulators, and automation equipment, low-voltage systems, building hardware, plumbing and other duties as deemed necessary to maintain facility operations.

4. Maintain proper water quality using sanitizers, ozone and other chemicals.

5. Maintain water chemistry, including salinity, PH levels and other parameters.

6. Maintain proper water filtration for turbidity/clarity.

7. Responsible for maintaining accurate records.

8. Performs various troubleshooting techniques related to system problems and/or malfunctions.

9. Assists in maintaining clean work environments.

10. Ensure safety procedure and policies are followed.

11. Assists in the design of new filtration systems.

12. Assists Supervisor in ordering and stocking of all necessary chemicals, equipment and supplies.

13. Maintain appropriate communications with Animal Care Supervisors and staff as to water and pool conditions.

14. Is a member of the Dive Team, and must be able to dive in large animal pools multiple times a week.

15. Support other related equipment used for dives.

16. Respond to emergencies.

17. Assist with monitoring expenses and budgets.

18. May be required to help with snow and ice operations.

19. Commitment to the zoo’s mission and conservation efforts.

20. Ability to work over-time as needed.

21. Performs other duties as assigned.

22. Maintains strict confidentiality.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

This list contains knowledge, skills, and abilities that are typically associated with the job. It is not all-inclusive and may vary from position to position:

Required technical skills include the knowledge and working knowledge of:

Computer operations and technical software applications.
Microsoft Office Suite.
Water chemistry and water quality parameters, analysis, filtration systems etc.
Water filtration, salt water, and fresh water systems.
· Hydraulic/pumping, automated control and filtration/disinfection systems as well as knowledge of electricity, interpreting values on machinery and gauges.

· Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve.

Required mathematical skills include working knowledge of:

Accounting, budgeting, and bookkeeping.
Mathematical concepts and logic.
Performs basic mathematical formulas and calculations.
Must possess excellent communications skills:

Interpersonal conflict resolution method.
Effectively promote organization and services offered.
Interpersonal communication.
Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Must have the ability to:

· Follow written and verbal instructions.

· Apply critical thinking techniques.

· Analyze and solve problems.

· Prioritize work.

· Perform within deadlines.

· Ability to stay focused despite interruptions.

· Deal with stress caused by deadlines and environment.

· Work well in a team environment as well as independently.

· Memory for details.


The incumbent must always demonstrate judgment, high integrity, and personal values consistent with the values of the Hogle Zoo.


Utah’s Hogle Zoo is a drug free workplace. All employees are subject random drug testing.

Education & Experience

Four years paid full time or part time equivalent experience in water treatment, mechanical maintenance or laboratory work; or a degree from an accredited college in Biology or other natural science plus two years’ experience in mentioned areas of work.


Ability to become a member of the Hazmat Team. OSHA Hazwoper preferred.

Job Requirements

Working Conditions

Must be able to work on feet for prolonged periods of time. Required to stand, walk, or sit uncomfortably for extended periods. Exposure to disagreeable elements such as extreme weather conditions, noise, dust, fumes, etc, physical exertion from diving and using clean equipment. Required to push, pull or lift 80 lbs. or more.


Requires a valid driver’s license.

Salary & Benefits
Salary: $20-$25/hour