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California Science Center Foundation //
700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, Ca 90037 //
Apply by: July 31, 2024

Under the direction of the Director of Husbandry, the Life Support Systems Manager leads both the Life Support Systems and Water Quality teams. The LSS Team is responsible for the daily operation, maintenance, and repair of all life support systems, both aquatic and terrestrial, while the Water Quality Team runs the Water Quality Laboratory in which water quality testing and analysis of salt and fresh water occurs. The Life Support Systems Manager uses independent judgment and critical thinking to problem solve, collaborate with team members, both within and outside of the LSS and Water Quality teams, and provide all necessary direction to LSS and Water Quality staff and volunteers. This role is a vital participant in the leadership of the Living Collections Department.

SeaWorld California //
San Diego, CA //
Apply by: June 14, 2024
Application Information: SeaWorld California 500 Sea World Drive San Diego, CA 92109

Enthusiastically represents SeaWorld by displaying a positive attitude, high level of energy and commitment to quality throughout all aspects of the job. Responsible for managing the Water Quality department’s day to day operations, whose core role is maintaining optimum environmental conditions for diverse collection of marine life throughout the park.

This is achieved through diligent oversight, operation, and maintenance of 20+ animal life support systems. In addition, position is responsible for contributing to staff development and long-range planning, updating operation and maintenance procedures, overseeing department related aspects of capital project execution, ensuring regulatory compliance, and other business functions as directed by management.

Frost Science Museum //
Miami, FL //

The Aquarium Life Support Operator is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all large-scale LSS systems within the Frost Science Museum complex. This staff person also assists the Aquarist Team as needed with respect to modifications/additions regarding the small scale, self-standing LSS packages. The Aquarium Life Support Operator works collaboratively throughout the Museum in a creative environment and contributes to the efficient operation of the department. This position works a schedule set by the supervisor and may encompass non-traditional days and hours and may be asked to report to work for life support or animal care emergencies.

Monterey Bay Aquarium //
Monterey, CA //
Posted on: May 14, 2024 //
Apply by: June 9, 2024
Application Information: To apply, please visit our job website directly at:

Job Summary:

Under general supervision, responsible for operation, quality control, troubleshooting, repairs, and basic maintenance relating to the Aquarium’s 25 million gallon per day seawater system, the associated mechanical plant, the building HVAC system, and the associated equipment and infrastructure in support of maintaining animal life support and environmental systems; monitor a computer-based control system for life support and HVAC systems and assist in operational engineering decisions based on analysis of the data; perform other duties as required.

Monterey Bay Aquarium //
Monterey Bay Aquarium //
Application Information: To apply, please visit our job website directly at:

Job Summary:

Lead the design of life support and water treatment systems at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Leads equipment specification and configuration process, performs engineering calculations, creates drawings and models, and interfaces with internal staff and outside consultants. Participates in relevant phases of larger departmental and organizational projects involving life support systems and other seawater systems. Trains MBA staff on the operation and maintenance of new water systems. Coordinates research projects, stays abreast of new technologies in the field of life support engineering, and integrates findings into MBA operations. Performs other duties as required.

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium //
Draper, Utah //
Apply by: July 22, 2024

Position: Life Support Manager

Reports To: Director of Animal Husbandry


Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake County, Utah is currently recruiting for a Life Support Manager.  This is an ever expanding facility, soon to be the fifth largest aquarium in the United States, in a fast pace environment working with a diverse collection of marine animals.  There is plenty of sun, snowboarding/skiing, mountain biking, and outdoor fun experiences!

While this job description attempts to describe the essential functions of the position, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It does not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties or responsibilities to this job at any time. The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate. The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to the policies.

Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium //
Kansas City, MO //

Under direction, the Life Support Operator performs routine work assignments involving the life support systems throughout the Zoo & Aquarium. This includes ensuring all systems are functioning properly and overseeing day-to-day operations to assure proper water quality, clarity and chemistry. Work areas include the Aquarium, polar bear pool, penguin building (2 penguin pools and multiple saltwater aquariums), sea lion pool, elephant pool, Stingray Bay, Missouri Department of Conservation aquarium, and otter exhibit.

Fort Worth Zoo //
Fort Worth, Texas //
Apply by: July 31, 2024
Application Information: Candidates must apply on the Zoo's Website at

This position is responsible for supervising and coordinating all operations related to life support systems and environmental monitoring for Fort Worth Zoo collection animals. Additionally, this position will liaise with the construction and maintenance department regarding construction and daily operation, maintenance, repair of life support systems and equipment.

California Science Center Foundation //
Los Angeles, CA //
Apply by: July 1, 2024

The Assistant Diving Safety Officer (ADSO), under the supervision of the Marine Operations Manager, is primarily responsible for overseeing safe diving operations in the dive program at the California Science Center and ensures compliance with existing policies and standards set forth in the Diving Safety Manual. The ADSO assists with the daily oversight of the California Science Center Foundation’s exhibit diving operations and training. The ADSO assists with developing and implementing task specific training modules, training divers in the use of specialized diving and safety equipment, conducting annual dive rescue drills, and maintaining exhibit diving equipment and pressure systems. The ADSO also demonstrates a commitment to reaching the goals and objectives of the Living Collections department and the mission of the California Science Center Foundation.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden //
Cincinnati, OH //
Apply by: May 31, 2024

Our animals thrive when their water is fresh, just like we do! Our Aquatics Team works to make sure Fiona, Bibi, our manatees, penguins and other aquatic family members have the best habitat in which to live and play. In support of this, you will perform work on aquatic features in a variety of animal areas as well as some non-animal aquatic features.


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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.