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Zoo Atlanta //
Atlanta, GA //

The Maintenance Technician is responsible for the maintenance and repair of Aquatic Life Support systems, HVAC systems, buildings, animal habitats, and other equipment. He/she participates in the maintenance, repair, and replacement of equipment and exhibits This position will also at times be responsible for projects including new exhibit and capital improvements for the Zoo.

This position will frequently interface with other Zoo Atlanta management staff including animal curatorial staff, veterinarians, and at times, senior management staff regarding safety issues, animal habitat issues, as well as infrastructure and equipment adjustments and needed repairs.

Key West Aquarium //
Key West, Florida //
Posted on: April 26, 2022 //

The Life Support Systems Manager supervises assigned staff and maintains, repairs, designs, and installs water support systems for the Aquarium’s animal exhibits, water features, and water quality. They provide a consistent flow of communication will all of the Aquarium’s team members, establishing a positive teamwork environment in meeting designated water quality parameters. They coordinate work and are involved in all aspects of new and rehabilitation of exhibits pertaining to life supports systems and water features. This position requires the ability to promote a harmonious workplace.

Memphis Zoo //
Memphis, TN //
Posted on: April 26, 2022 //
Apply by: June 30, 2022


Position: Water Quality Manager


Under the direct supervision of the Director of Operations, the Water Quality Manager functions as a working supervisor, responsible for the daily monitoring of water conditions, insuring clear and clean water every day, and the preventative maintenance of all water and filtration systems within animal and public areas. Supervises approximately four water quality technicians.

Job Responsibilities

• Consult and coordinate with curatorial staff, veterinary staff and appropriate zookeepers and aquarists to achieve the highest quality of animal care through management of water quality. Primary point of contact for WQ tasks. Performs and/or assigns tasks as appropriate.

• Hires and trains a support staff to handle all the issues that affect clear and clean water quality, including communication with appropriate staff and how, and when, to submit work orders.

• Organize educational training workshops for staff.

• Operate, troubleshoot, maintain and repair life support and other public water systems, including keeping a log for determining equipment obsolescence.

• Conduct daily and weekly water quality test. – PH, bromine/chlorine, alkalinity, coliform/bacteria, etc. and adding chemicals as appropriate. React to Waypoint Analytical results.

• Inspect every pump room every day to determine the pump status and to correct any deficiencies that are found.

• Daily visual inspection of all water systems – address issues as necessary.

• Build relationships with the city plumbers and electricians to assist in the maintenance and repair of water system equipment. Ensure work orders are addressed in a timely manner.

• Maintain accurate records

• Perform other related or non-related duties as assigned in order to achieve the goals and mission of the Zoo.

Education and/or Training

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in science field with knowledge of complex water quality systems, including ozone generators. Knowledge of AZA and USDA standards of aquatic and non-aquatic species a plus.


Four to five years experience in an aquarium or zoological field with strong emphasis on closed marine systems and water quality testing required, also a strong emphasis on managing team members, and managing daily standard operational procedures(SOP).

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) Marine Fish Hatchery //
Carlsbad, California //
Posted on: April 26, 2022 //
Apply by: May 13, 2022

The Assistant Hatchery Manager functions as the Hatchery Manager in the absence of the Hatchery Manager. In tandem with the Hatchery Manager, the Assistant Hatchery Manager is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of personnel management and fish husbandry at the hatchery leading to an efficient rearing program.

Longhorn Organics //
Multiple Locations //
Posted on: April 26, 2022 //
Apply by: May 31, 2022
Application Information: Please send introduction and resume to Holly Dempsey

This position will install and maintain LSS equipment on various facility locations in the US.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum //
Tucson, AZ //
Posted on: April 26, 2022 //
Apply by: May 31, 2022

The focus of this position is with marine stingrays and associated Stingray Touch exhibit & reserve areas. The applicant must have knowledge and experience in husbandry specific to Ichthyology. Knowledge and experience with saltwater systems (life support, water quality, and marine animal husbandry) in a professional animal care facility are required. Plumbing skills and pump replacement experience are preferred. This position is responsible for providing aquatic animal care and enrichment, monitoring animal health, working with department volunteers and interns, as well as maintaining orderliness of departmental areas. This position also serves as back-up support for other HIIZ keepers’ aquatic service areas. This support may also include the care of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Some knowledge of the aforementioned terrestrial animals is desirable.

The candidate must be comfortable with developing and offering public presentations in a variety of settings. Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region is desirable but not required. The successful candidate will be expected to continue to seek and acquire historic and current education/knowledge in related areas.

About Us
The Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert region with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued. It is a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history museum, and research institute. The AZA has recognized the Desert Museum for over 25 years of continuous accreditation.

The Marine Mammal Center //
Sausalito, CA //
Posted on: April 13, 2022 //
Apply by: May 13, 2022
Application Information: Micah Buster - Director of Life Support Systems and Facilities

We’re Hiring!
Manager of Life Support Systems and Facilities

Location of Position: Sausalito, California

Reports to: Interim Director of Life Support Systems and Facilities

Hours: 40 hours per week, rotating on call and work schedule that includes evenings, weekends and some holidays.

Position Classification: This is a full-time exempt position.

Benefits: Full benefits

• Holidays
• Sick Time
• Vacation
• Medical, Dental, and Vision
• Life Insurance
• 401k Retirement Plan
• The Marine Mammal Center offers benefits to support the emotional wellbeing of you and your loved ones (Employee Assistance Program)

Position Overview

The Manager of Life Support Systems and Facilities is responsible for the operation and maintenance of building and life support equipment across all of The Marine Mammal Center’s facilities in California and Hawaii. The individual in this position will oversee the daily operations for the Center’s facilities in Sausalito as well as manage a team of Life Support and Facilities Technicians in order to complete submitted work orders, organize and carry out preventative maintenance program, and coordinate the completion of capital projects where appropriate.

Detroit Zoological Society //
Royal Oak, MI //
Posted on: April 13, 2022 //

The Aquatic Life Support Technician installs, monitors, and maintains aquatic life support systems for exhibits at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.

The Aquatic Life Support Technician will support, both publicly and privately, the principles and mission of the Detroit Zoological Society. They will support, adhere to and enforce DZS policies and standards, and will always demonstrate a high level of integrity and professionalism.

This job description is by no means all-inclusive and may be subject to change during a performance period due to the needs of the Detroit Zoological Society and its leadership.

Alaska Sealife Center //
Seward, Alaska //
Posted on: April 12, 2022 //

LS Tech I and II – This position is responsible for assisting with operation, maintenance and repair of the life support, building, and mechanical systems at the Alaska SeaLife Center.
L Tech III – This position is responsible for leading the operation, maintenance and repair of the life support, building, and mechanical systems at the Alaska SeaLife Center.



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The certification program is on course. The study guide was well done. I believe building confidence in that Level 1 operator through a certification program is the most important objective of AALSO. That Level 1 operator is the future AALSO.

AALSO membership and certification are two criteria I take into account when hiring new life support operators. I want all of the operators at our institution to become certified.

The certification program is great! I personally place a lot of value on this program, and hope to see it continue and expand.