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Memphis Zoo //
Memphis, TN //
Apply by: March 15, 2023

Scope of Position

Under the direct supervision of the Water Quality Manager, the Water Quality Technician is responsible for the preventative maintenance of all water and filtration systems within animal and public areas.

Supervisory Duties/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.

– Operate, troubleshoot, maintain and repair life support and other public water systems.

– Maintains a documented system of ….; implements a system of …..

– Conduct daily and weekly water quality tests and adding chemicals as appropriate.

– 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 and/or escalate deficiencies found to WQ Manager in a timely manner

– Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal government requirements.

– Performs other related duties as necessary or assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

– Must be able to follow water flow direction and be able to back flush all water systems.

– Must be able to describe in detail the deficiency that is found. (Stellar communication).

– Assist with cleaning pools as directed.

– Assist with record keeping and communication with the city work orders

– Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.


May be asked to perform other related or non-related duties as assigned in order to achieve the goals and mission of the Zoo

The schedule will include weekdays, holidays and weekends and/or evenings.

Sea Research Foundation - Mystic Aquarium //
Mystic, CT //
Posted on: February 19, 2023 //
Apply by: April 1, 2023

The Life Support System Systems (LSS) Technician will assist with the daily operation, monitoring, maintenance and repair of primary and ancillary aquatic life support system equipment while ensuring that the highest standard of care is upheld for Mystic Aquarium’s animal collection. This position will assist the Manager of Life Support Systems in: monitoring, preserving, and modifying existing water treatment processes; installing new equipment and process components; acquiring critical equipment, and repairing components, supplies, and consumables. The LSS technician will perform miscellaneous tasks as necessary to ensure that all departmental operations succeed. The ideal candidate will be an energetic individual who is bright, motivated, and willing to learn new skills, someone who is able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, with strong problem-solving and communication skills and ability to negotiate unusual situations.

Shedd Aquarium //
Chicago, IL //

The O&M Specialist II assists departmental colleagues with the maintenance and operation of base building and life support systems or other building machinery and equipment as assigned. Performs water transfers, mixing salt, and backwashing of life support filters. Performs the shift duties of the other operators when needed, as assigned, which may include temporary placement on a shift schedule, to accommodate vacations and other absences. There are two 2nd shift positions available (3pm – 11pm) — one for Sunday – Thursday and one for Tuesday through Saturday.

Seattle Aquarium //
Apply by: March 31, 2023


Posted: Open to internal and external applicants

Reports to: Aquarium Engineer Supervisor

Status: Full-time, hourly, benefitted position

Hours of work: Covers the night shift from 11:00pm to 7:00am, Sunday through Thursday. Occasional need for weekend or after hours work with notice.

Date needed: February-March 2023

Posting expires: Open till filled, priority will be given to applications received within the first two weeks of posting.



Position description:

The Seattle Aquarium, a leading marine conservation organization, is looking for a facilities technician to join the Facilities and Life Sciences team. This role provides essential services by bridging the job duties performed by the evening biologist and the Life Sciences/operations staff, in accordance with established company policies and procedures. In addition to scheduled shifts, may be called upon to provide relief for additional vacancies in the Facilities department when necessary and with appropriate notice.


This is a very independent position which requires a high degree of self-motivation. The technician provides support and technical expertise for a variety of maintenance/repair activities and coordinates work with skilled crafts and other departments under the supervision of the Aquarium engineer. Responsibilities include presenting a high level of dependability and accountability across all assigned tasks, effectively communicating and collaborating across departments, coping with change and operating at times in environments of uncertainty, utilizing good judgment and experience when solving complex problems, and demonstrating a willingness to learn new methods and approaches to challenges. The night-shift Facilities/Life Sciences technician is also expected to respond to emergencies on an as-needed basis.


Seattle Aquarium //
Seattle, WA //
Apply by: March 15, 2023

Position description:

The Seattle Aquarium, a leading marine conservation organization, is looking for a Maintenance Technician to join the Facilities team. As a member the facilities department and under general supervision of the maintenance supervisor and in coordination with other Aquarium departments, responds to both preventative and reactive maintenance, custodial and day porter service activities. This position will assist the maintenance supervisor in oversight and coordination of schedules and activities of the maintenance/custodial staff on a day-to-day basis ensuring the highest level of cleanliness and customer service for staff, volunteers and guests. The maintenance technician must be able to work both independently and collaboratively and prioritize workload in a dynamic environment.

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium //
Springfield, MO //
Apply by: March 3, 2023

We are seeking a dynamic WATER QUALITY TECHNICIAN to join our team! This person will work under the supervision of the Curatorial Staff and Consulting Veterinarian. This individual will ensure and promote effective and efficient care of the department’s animal care and water quality testing.

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station //
St. Louis, MO //
Apply by: March 31, 2023

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.

Kansas City Zoo //
Kansas City, MO //

Under direction, the Water Quality Technician performs routine work assignments involving water quality testing throughout the Zoo. This includes ensuring all systems are functioning properly and overseeing day-to-day operations to maintain proper water quality, clarity and chemistry. Work areas will 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.

Children's Aquarium Dallas //
Dallas, Texas //
Apply by: February 23, 2023
Application Information: Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]

The Life Support Technician II is responsible for performing husbandry and life support duties and projects, including daily care and welfare of animals within the aquarium, daily maintenance of habitat and holding areas, and life support equipment operations. This position requires interaction with the public to provide information and interaction related to the aquarium’s animal collection. This position requires prior experience and advanced knowledge of animal care, as well as a positive team approach. This position will also have latitude to initiate and carry out new training proposals and behaviors, as well as assist with the training of new animal care staff and volunteers.


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