Position: Life Support Systems Technician I

Position: Life Support Systems Technician I

America’s Wildlife Museum and //
Springfield, MO //
Posted on: December 10, 2015 //

Program, operate and maintain and monitor all marine and freshwater aquatic life

support systems including pumps, piping, filtration, disinfectant processes and control systems.

Operates, maintains and repairs building plumbing and piping.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair water filters, ozone generation and treatment, chlorine

dosing equipment, UV sterilization and life support systems and their attendant computerized

controls.

 Works with Maintenance Manager, Husbandry, Water Quality and Veterinary Staff to maintain an

environment conductive to the health and well-being of all animals within the WOW Collection.

 Ensure adequate supplies of conditioned fresh and salt water for all animal enclosures.

 Responsible for scheduling, updating, and providing quality assurance of the LSS preventative

maintenance program. Including: monitor all filtration systems and water parameters. Filter

cleaning (backwashes, cleaning filter baskets, etc.)

 Operate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair chillers, boilers, water softeners and charcoal filtration

systems and their attendant piping and computerized controls.

 Responsible for providing adequate means to fulfill repair maintenance for the Life Support

Systems by setting up contracts and maintaining adequate spare parts and special tools.

 Work closely with the Maintenance Manager, Curator and Husbandry staff to perform standard

operating procedures and operation sequences for LSS systems, plumbing and piping.

 Perform the repair and maintenance of pumps, controllers, generators, air compressors and

water purification equipment. Receive, maintain, and restock chemical inventories. Keep

operational data log on all water systems.

 Mentors and trains less experienced staff in all aspects of the Life Support Systems.

 Assist staff and visitors as needed in a pleasant, professional and courteous manner.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

Requires experience with large-scale aquatic life support and filtration systems preferably in a zoo or

aquarium. Must have a good understanding of pumps, filters (multiple types), protein skimmers, ozone

(production and dosing), ION exchange, RO/DI systems, Chlorine application, water quality parameters

and problem remediation (particularly as they apply to aquarium systems), flow dynamics, filtration

philosophies (eg. mechanical, chemical, biological) as well as knowledge of basic chemistry and physics.

Requires knowledge of automated controls, pneumatics, electro-mechanical and electro-optical devices

and methods. Requires ability to read blueprints, schematic drawings and diagrams, P&ID’s. Requires

good computer and professional communication skills, and the ability to operate all required office and

building equipment.

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

Mental – Requires a high degree of attention, concentration, and attention to read and interpret

designs, specifications, and schematic drawings.

 Physical. Requires walking/standing approximately 50% of time; sitting approximately 10% of

time; lifting up to 80 lbs. approximately 20% of time; stooping, forward bending and crouching

approximately 20% of time.

 Environmental – Requires capability of performing essential job functions in an outside

environment unprotected from severe weather conditions, on construction sites where hazardous

materials and activities generally require special precautions, in mechanical equipment rooms

where spaces are small and tight, and in an office environment with climate-control and good

lighting.

 Manual Dexterity – Requires ability to operate computers and other general office equipment,

and to operate tools used for maintenance, construction and repair.

 Audible – Requires the ability to verbally communicate with employees, distributors, and technical

professionals in person and via telephone.

 Visual – Requires the ability to operate office equipment including computers and read written

instructions, blue prints and other documentation Mental – Requires a high degree of attention,

concentration, and attention to read and interpret designs, specifications, and schematic

drawings.

 Physical. Requires walking/standing approximately 50% of time; sitting approximately 10% of

time; lifting up to 80 lbs. approximately 20% of time; stooping, forward bending and crouching

approximately 20% of time.

 Environmental – Requires capability of performing essential job functions in an outside

environment unprotected from severe weather conditions, on construction sites where hazardous

materials and activities generally require special precautions, in mechanical equipment rooms

where spaces are small and tight, and in an office environment with climate-control and good

lighting.

 Manual Dexterity – Requires ability to operate computers and other general office equipment,

and to operate tools used for maintenance, construction and repair.

 Audible – Requires the ability to verbally communicate with employees, distributors, and technical

professionals in person and via telephone.

 Visual – Requires the ability to operate office equipment including computers and read written

instructions, blue prints and other documentation

Salary & Benefits