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Monterey Bay Aquarium //
Monterey, CA //
Posted on: October 30, 2021 //

Under general supervision, responsible for operation, quality control, troubleshooting, repairs, and maintenance of life support systems and facility systems at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Animal Research and Care Center (ARCC); perform water quality laboratory analyses, recommends life support changes, monitors and operates life support systems, operates Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, and maintains and operates specialty equipment, water filtration, and water quality sensors in order to optimize water flow and water quality at the facility; access computerized control system off hours as needed to provide 24/7 coverage of the life support; perform other duties as required.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center //
Juno Beach, FL //
Posted on: October 29, 2021 //

The Animal Care Curator leads the operation, management, and development of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC)’s aquatic animal collections and life support systems. This is a new position created to oversee the acquisition and disposition of animals in LMC’s campus expansion exhibit galleries. The Animal Care Curator schedules visits, medical treatments, and procedures with LMC veterinary staff, maintains meticulous animal records on each of the individuals within the animal collection and schedules and supervises staff to ensure adherence to the highest standards of safety and animal care. A passion for working collaboratively with LMC leadership and interdepartmental teams to support the LMC’s mission is essential.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas //
New Orleans, Louisiana //
Posted on: October 15, 2021 //

The Curator of Life Support and Water Quality (LSWQ) is a senior Husbandry Department position and the direct supervisor to Life Support and Water Quality staff. The Curator reports to the Senior Curator of Exhibit Operations, setting goals and expectations for direct reports and assisting with departmental planning and the development of protocols and procedures. The Curator of LSWQ manages and works to ensure legal compliance and industry best practices of the Aquarium’s life support and water quality operations and equipment, laboratory equipment, and exhibit physical plant.

Mystic Aquarium //
Mystic, Connecticut //
Posted on: October 15, 2021 //

Demonstrate excellent representation of the aquarium at all times through a positive and motivated, can-do attitude and teamwork-focused work ethic.

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 LSS Team 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.

Mystic Aquarium //
Mystic, Connecticut //
Posted on: October 14, 2021 //

Demonstrate excellent representation of the aquarium at all times through a positive, can-do attitude, and teamwork focused work ethic.

Responsible for assisting in the supervision of staff and all aspects of animal care, habitat maintenance, program development and interpretation of marine mammal and bird collection.

Mystic Aquarium //
Mystic, Connecticut //
Posted on: October 14, 2021 //

Demonstrate excellent representation of the aquarium at all times through a positive, energetic, and teamwork focused work ethic.

Provides hands-on veterinary medical technical care to the Mystic Aquarium animal collection and marine mammals and sea turtles undergoing rehabilitation in the Animal Rescue Program. The veterinary technician is responsible for the day-to-day operations and general organization, maintenance, and cleaning of all veterinary areas including the veterinary hospital and all medical equipment. Responsibilities include providing technical and medical assistance to veterinarians in the care and daily treatments of all animals maintained by Mystic Aquarium and the Animal Rescue Program, coverage in the clinical laboratory as requested, and other duties as directed. Maintains preventative medicine schedule for collection animals and coordinates routine physical and clinical exam appointments. The veterinary technician will also perform or assist with animal necropsies as requested. Inter-departmental duties include participation in the Mystic Aquarium Dive Program serving as staff diver and main contact in the Dive Safety Officer’s absence and provides for coverage in the Animal Rescue Clinic as main contact for operations and animal care. Field response duties may include, but are not limited to, animal stranding and large cetacean necropsy. The veterinary technician also provides training and guidance on aquatic animal health to aquarium volunteers, students, and other personnel, as requested.

Mystic Aquarium //
Mystic, Connecticut //
Posted on: October 14, 2021 //

Demonstrate excellent representation of the aquarium at all times through a positive, can-do attitude, and teamwork focused work ethic.

Working as a Water Quality Assistant, you will be conducting the day-to-day testing of Mystic Aquarium’s aquatic habitats and assist curatorial staff, veterinarians, and husbandry staff with maintaining optimal water quality.

National Aquarium //
Baltimore, MD //
Posted on: October 12, 2021 //
Application Information: Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing [email protected]

General Purpose: Responsible for the daily operations, coordinating the schedules and tasks of the engineers and overseeing the training for assistant engineers. Coordinates with Facilities staff, Capital Planning and outside contractors working in the life support areas. The Sr. Engineer provides hands-on support for all life support procedures as needed as well as monitors equipment maintenance and special projects/problem-solving. Responsible for monitoring and maintaining water levels, back washing large sand filters, monitoring/adjusting air flow and ozone generator adjustments and all other equipment vital to the operation of life support systems as directed by the Director of Life Support

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.


Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 40-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi //
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates //
Posted on: October 7, 2021 //

To ensure a smooth and efficient operations of the SeaWorld Abu Dhabi facilities in Zoological Department by safely fulfilling the duties in animal/guest interactions, animal training, husbandry, enrichment, general public presentations, and research.

This position requires standing in a prolonged period, moves/lifts up to 25kgs of load; also requires to work in varying shifts based on business need. This includes: opening, mid, and closing shifts, nights, weekends and holidays.

– Performs daily husbandry tasks including administration of vitamins and medication as directed.
– Prepares food, provides proper nutrition and constant care of animals.
– Maintains a safe, appropriate and sanitary living conditions for all animal habitats.
– Applies proficient behavioral modification techniques. This includes, but is not limited in developing and implementing new behavior, training of naïve animals with minimum supervision, training behavior to completion without supervision, proactively maintaining conditioned behavior, and the ability to form relationships with most, if not all, of the animals in assigned area.
– Ensures guests, personal, and animals’ safety through constant monitoring of the behavioral precursors of potentially harmful behavior by both animals and people.
– Assists on the training of colleagues and animals as directed by the leadership
– Provides proactive guest services through guest interactions, pre and post shows, and responding to guest inquiries.
– Performs assigned roles in education and general public programs, and guest interaction programs.
– Makes daily observations of animals and reports any abnormalities to the leadership team.
– Maintains all animal records, equipment, area responsibilities, and communication requirements on a daily basis.
– Functions as Ambassador by displaying consideration, tolerance, cooperation, open communication, and reliability; maintains a consistent attitude, motivation, and ability to accept feedback.
– Ensures all policies, guidelines, manuals and SOPs are followed at all times.
– Consistently practices safe work habits including, but not limited to the use of personal protective equipment, lifting and reporting of unsafe situations.
– Delivers department trainings as well as completes all required trainings; ensures in maintaining professional development and competencies.
– Performs other duties as assigned.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center //
Juno Beach, FL //
Posted on: October 6, 2021 //

Responsible for the operation and maintenance of all large scale LSS on the Loggerhead Marinelife Center campus. The LLS Technician also assists the animal care team as needed with respect to modifications and additions regarding the small scale, self-standing LSS packages.


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.