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Longhorn Organics //
Seattle, WA //
Posted on: August 14, 2022 //
Apply by: October 31, 2022

Join us and help build the new Seattle Aquarium! Organize, plan, and execute the installation of LSS equipment and piping at the client location. Manage staff of union plumber/pipefitter personnel to complete the work to best in class LSS practices.

Children's Aquarium Dallas //
Dallas, Texas //
Posted on: August 1, 2022 //
Apply by: August 20, 2022

This position is responsible for the Aquarium’s overall equipment and facilities maintenance, including life support equipment operations. Management and preventative maintenance of all life support system (LSS) equipment, including but not limited to pumps, sand filters, UV, ozone generators and other equipment that are critical to animal health.

John Ball Zoo //
Grand Rapids, MI //

Life Support Systems Specialist
Come join the growing John Ball Zoo as the first ever Life Support Systems ​(LSS) Specialist. ​As the LSS Specialist ​you will get the chance to ​serve as the primary point of contact for LSS operations at the Zoo including our 200,000-gallon aquarium​ and the​ brand-new state of the art pygmy hippo exhibit opening in 2023. This is a great opportunity to grow your career and be on the ground floor as we prepare to build and open the largest national aquarium in the last decade. You will also get the opportunity to live in the beautiful Grand Rapids, MI where city life and lake life are only 20 minutes apart from each other.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS SPECIALIST AT JBZ
The Life Support Systems Specialist assists with maintaining both animal and non-animal aquatic systems at the Zoo. This includes all aspects of daily operation, maintenance and repair of life support equipment, creation and management ​of standardized systems, collaborate on water quality, clarity and chemistry of aquatic exhibits and any equipment associated with that monitoring and management. The position will also facilitate and participate in design of new and upgraded life support systems at the Zoo. They also will promote water conservation at the Zoo and recommending enhancements where possible.

GRAND RAPIDS
Come live in the beautiful Grand Rapids where you can find live music, art festivals, outdoor recreation, and nationally ranked food and craft beverages. You can drive 20 minutes and be by the beautiful Lake Michigan, hike and kayaking by the Grand River, or stay downtown and enjoy a variety of food and drinks. Grand Rapids is known as Americas’ best beer city, nations craft beverage capital and a top 20 U.S. Foodie city. There is a little bit of everything here in Grand Rapids to attract everyone including our growing zoo!

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WOULD ​HAVE:
College Degree from an accredited institution in natural science, biology, zoology, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Three years of professional experience in a Zoo or Aquarium setting or equivalent experience.
Basic animal husbandry knowledge.
Knowledge of AZA standards associated with life support system management
Operating knowledge of life support systems.
Professional certification from Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators (AALSO) strongly preferred.
Strong interpersonal, oral, administrative, organizational and written communications skills.
Strong attention to detail.

BENEFITS AT JBZ
We offer incredibly competitive benefits. This includes FREE:
Medical plan option
Short-term disability
Long-term disability
Life Insurance
Employee Assistance Program
Dental & vision for employee & family
12 full weeks of parental leave
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS
We offer 6 days of personal time, generous vacation time, and 10 paid Holidays each year. We offer a 7% employer contribution to your 401K on day one, zoo discounts, employee-only zoo experiences, tuition reimbursement, additional medical benefits to meet you and your family’s needs, and a FREE Premium Zoo membership for you and your family. This is a union position and starts at $21.00hr.

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium //
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania //

This is an hourly, collective bargaining unit position responsible for daily monitoring, operating and maintaining in proper working order, pumps, filters, water levels, air flow, ozone generators and delivery mechanisms, and all other equipment vital to the operation of the Water’s Edge life support systems. Accountable for the safety and efficiency of the water changes, quick response to alarms, monitoring and maintaining water levels, airflow, ozone generators and other equipment.

Sea Turtle Inc //
South Padre Island TX //
Posted on: August 1, 2022 //
Apply by: August 31, 2022

Sea Turtle Inc is looking for an experienced and engaged individual with a deep knowledge of and experience in life support systems to join our team. The Life Support Systems Manager/Aquarist will be responsible for the daily maintenance of all aquatic animal life support systems (LSS) that support the mission of rehabilitation of sea turtles at Sea Turtle Inc. The ideal candidate will have a keen understanding of life support systems, competency to work independently and in a group setting, and is highly organized with great attention to detail. The LSS Manager will be responsible for water quality, a safe animal environment for all sea turtle rehabilitation patients and residents, and an expanding and diverse collection of assorted fish and other small marine animals.

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station //
St. Louis, Missouri //
Posted on: August 1, 2022 //
Apply by: September 5, 2022

This position is responsible for the Aquarium’s maintenance/life support team to support the operation, maintenance and repair of facilities and equipment associated with live animal habitats. Management and preventative maintenance of all life support system (LSS) equipment, including but not limited to pumps, sand filters, UV, ozone generators and other equipment that are critical to animal health.

Key West Aquarium //
Key West, Florida //
Posted on: July 18, 2022 //
Apply by: August 31, 2022

The Aquarist’s responsibilities and abilities include but are not limited to:

Daily cleaning of inside the aquarium tanks.
Observation of animals. Report any injuries to the animals or health issues of animals to Senior Aquarist.
Prepare food and feed animals according to diet and schedule set by Senior Aquarist.
Fill out and maintain appropriate records.
Give tours as needed.
Assist Senior Aquarist as needed.

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay //
Las Vegas, NV //
Posted on: July 18, 2022 //
Apply by: December 31, 2022
Application Information: Please contact for additional information Jack M. Jewell 702-632-4560 [email protected]

Management of the Life Support team and supervision of the life support systems operations, facility operations and maintenance at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay.

Oregon Zoo //
Portland, OR //
Posted on: July 18, 2022 //
Application Information: If interested, don't delay and apply on our website www.oregonmetro.gov/jobs Here is a direct link to the full posting: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregonmetro/jobs/3633007/aquatics-life-support-maintenance-worker?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs For questions please email Megan Warneke at [email protected]

The Oregon Zoo’s Life Support Team (LSS) is hiring for an Aquatics Life Support Maintenance Worker. The LSS team is looking for new ways to conserve water and electricity by upgrading equipment and changing operational practices. The LSS team is responsible for the operation a number of fresh and salt water systems that support marine mammals, elephants, cats, beaver/otters and a collection of fish and invertebrates. If you would like to be a part of this groundbreaking team, come, join our team!

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What others have to say

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.