Responsible for managing the daily functions of the Aquatics area and Life Support division of the Animal Department. Performs diverse and skilled assignments related to the daily management of a variety of animals. Works closely with Animal Department management to carry out the functions and duties of the Animal Department. Responsible for the maintenance, repair and installation of all Life Support Systems (LSS) in the Zoo. Develops and implements all new life support automation and design systems. Oversees all life support equipment preventative and predictive maintenance tasks, analyzes life support trend data, and recommends repair or replacement of major components when appropriate. Supervises life support technicians and contract work on all life support systems. Reports directly to the Vice President of Animal Care (VPAC).
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The Houston Zoo LSS/Water Quality Department is adding to the team! Are you looking to take your LSS skills to the next level? We are looking for mechanically inclined go-getters to join the LSS/Water Quality Team in opening a brand new, first of its kind Galapagos exhibit, including a 200,000gal aquarium, 255,000gal Sea Lion habitat, and a 30,000gal Penguin habitat. Construction is nearing completion and all exhibits will have state-of-the-art LSS equipment, SCADA systems and automation. The LSS/Water Quality Tech position will be responsible for operation of these systems and other aquatic LSS throughout the Zoo, as well as performing preventative maintenance, diving opportunities, special projects, and occasional coverage of the Water Quality Lab.
Responsible for all daily operations and maintenance of zoo life support systems. Performs inspections and preventative and emergency maintenance for all life support systems and equipment. Conducts life support activities such as water testing and analysis, filter backwashes, system lineup changes, water treatments, and monitoring. Isolates, troubleshoots, and coordinates the repair of faulty life support systems including pumps, ozone generation systems, aquarium system filtration, and life support systems building controls equipment. Provides support of life support systems equipment and exhibits. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
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The Facilities Operations Coordinator will assist the Facilities management team to coordinate site operations and maintenance activities as well as ensure proper care and upkeep of Zoo Atlanta’s buildings, grounds, habitats, pathways, and public event spaces. This position will be primarily responsible for walking public side of grounds daily to ensure quality control over all guest areas. Ensuring areas are clean, safe at pre-opening readiness times and during daily operations. This position will also provide Facilities operations support to other onsite daily operations teams such as Animal Collections, Education, Events, Admissions, Rides & Attractions and Safety Security with various activities as needed to ensure guest safety and satisfaction.
Scope of Position
Under the direct supervision of the Water Quality Manager, the Water Quality Technician is responsible for the daily monitoring and preventative maintenance of all water and filtration systems within animal and public areas.
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.
The Life Support Systems Technician I is responsible for performing daily inspections of all life support systems and components and maintaining all equipment in working order. The individual will handle such tasks as filter back washes, system lineup changes, seawater intake treatment, troubleshoot any faulty systems, and more. This position works a 4-day workweek, and all life support technicians rotate shifts to provide 24-hour coverage, 365 days of the year.
HSWRI operates the only full scale Hatchery for marine fish on the west coast of the US. The Hatchery is used primarily to produce fish for the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP), which is administered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The purpose of the OREHP is to determine the feasibility of replenishing depleted marine fisheries through stocking of cultured fish. As part of the OREHP, HSWRI is responsible for tagging and transporting fish offsite to one of 10 growout facilities operating throughout southern California. Here the fish are fed and allowed to grow to a larger size prior to release. In addition to the release program, other synergistic research is conducted on native species of aquatic plants and animals.
The Assistant Manager of Life Support Systems provides technical and managerial support for the entire Life Support Systems team at the Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium. This position will apply advanced knowledge in the operation and maintenance of filtration systems, ozone generation, and automation systems. As a department leader, this position will also support the hiring, training, coaching, and performance feedback for LSS technicians.
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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.