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Job Title: Aquatic Life Support Technician
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
We are an equal opportunity employer that sets out to inspire, educate and engage people to serve as lifelong stewards for animals, their habitats, and their conservation, both locally and from a far. Together, we can preserve and enhance the legacy of the zoo and its species for future generations to come! We are Nebraska's #1 tourist attraction and consistently ranked among the top zoos in the world!
About the team:
A team of about 300 full-time and 650 part-time staff members strong, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium benefits the lives of more than 1,415 species across 162 acres of land. We also support the efforts of numerous field conservation projects and research projects that help ensure a future for endangered and critically endangered flora and fauna around the world, even right here in Nebraska! Our team makes a big impart and every role is essential to move our conservation mission forward. From the much-needed Keepers to care for our species to the important Food and Beverage employees helping us gain funds to further continue our mission. This is definitely a unique place to work, employees are exposed to a fun atmosphere, where each workday is never the same. Our zoo is world-class with unmatched scenery to help you get through your duties!
There is just something about living in Omaha. Something that makes you feel alive and in the moment. Maybe it’s the shorter drive times or the lower cost of living. Or maybe it’s the world-class dining, arts and entertainment that are never too far away. Most likely, it’s the combination of those things that help you settle in and show out, living your best life in one of America’s most up-and-coming cities. Here are a few things that make Omaha easy for us to call home!
Work: The average commute is 20.2 minutes. #8 City for the Best Work-Life Balance. (Kisi, 2019)
Cost of living: 27% less than the national average. A one-bedroom apartments rent is 21% below average. (National Association of Realtors, “Median Sales Price of Existing Single-Family Homes for Metropolitan Areas”)
Hobbies: Home to 85+ miles of paved, interconnected trails for walking, jogging, and biking. 30+ lake communities along with 14 state parks all within 40 miles. (Yelp, 2017)
About the role:
We are seeking an Aquatic Life Support Technician to perform maintenance and monitoring of all equipment associated with aquatic animal exhibits and public water feature operation and maintenance. This includes pumps, sand filters, UV (Ultraviolet) sterilizers, heat exchangers, ozone generators and other equipment that is critical to animal and public health. The Aquatic Life Support Technician works closely with animal care and facilities staff to complete critical tasks related to the maintenance of LSS (Life Support Systems) and to ensure the maintenance of designated water quality parameters as well as providing reliable technical assistance to all zoo staff as needed. The Aquatic Life Support Technician ensures all public water features meet Nebraska’s DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services) standards while open to the public. Other responsibilities include design, construction, and modification of aquatic life support systems around the zoo. This position reports directly to the Aquatic Life Support Supervisor.
Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):
Maintain the highest level of quality as it relates to the zoo’s public and exhibit image.
Perform inspections, preventative maintenance, routine upkeep, cleaning, and repair of all LSS equipment. systems including but not limited to water pumps, ozone equipment, meters/monitors/probes/sensors and associated calibrations, air blowers, and air prep units, water towers and vessels, water chillers and heat exchangers, valves, LSS plumbing, filters, and generators.
Understand water quality reports and their relationship to LSS conditions.
Maintain accurate and detailed records of LSS maintenance and water quality testing.
Assist with the design of LSS for new exhibits and temporary holding tanks.
Operate backwash recovery systems and water reclamation in large exhibits.
Prepares and maintains saltwater batches and water transfers on large exhibits.
Troubleshoots water chemistry problems by recommending and adding chemicals, synthetic seawater and reclaimed seawater to tanks as needed to maintain appropriate levels and responds to life support system alarms.
Participate in training and professional development opportunities as needed.
Maintains an inventory of back up LSS equipment, parts and supplies to facilitate regular preventative maintenance service and minor repairs.
Assures safety of self, animals, co-workers, and visitors by observing safety guidelines around the animals, equipment, and vehicles.
Utilizes chemical supply products and follows standardized usage guidelines and safety information as set by the Safety Data Sheets.
Establishes and maintains contacts with other LSS professionals.
Constantly strives to further the mission of the organization and avidly supports the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Implements sustainable practices in daily tasks whenever possible.
Must be on-call for LSS emergencies.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
High school diploma or equivalent required.
Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry, biology, engineering, or relevant field preferred. Four years of relevant experience may be substituted for a degree.
Basic knowledge of the maintenance of aquariums, aquatic life support systems, and use of water quality testing equipment preferred.
Knowledge and ability to adhere to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards and proper use of personal protective equipment in an aquatic's environment.
AALSO Operator Level I certification or ability to obtain Level I certification.
Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing required.
Ability to provide excellent guest service by positively interacting with guests.
Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with all Zoo team members and contacts regarding company business required.
Candidates might be required to pass a pre-employment background check, drug test, negative TB test, and possess a valid driver’s license with a good history.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
Will sometimes work extended/odd hours including weekends, holidays and some night programs.
Must be able to walk long distances across the zoo.
Must be able to stand, sit, kneel, bend, stoop, twist, reach above head and climb.
Will lift, push, pull, and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally up to 75 pounds using safe and proper lifting methods.
May be exposed to fumes, odors, dust, moving mechanical parts, and vehicles.
Exposure to extreme weather conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, snow, and ice.
Exposure to potentially dangerous animals.
Eligible employees at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium are provided a wide range of benefits. Throughout the hiring process we will provide you with more benefit details and which ones apply to your role.
401(k) savings plan.
Flexible spending account.
Employee assistance program.
Voluntary term life insurance.
Vacation, sick leave, holiday and paid-time off (PTO) accrual.
Uniforms are provided.
Free annual tickets for rides.
Part-Time (the benefits below also apply to full-time staff)
Free Zoo and Wildlife Safari Park membership for you and your immediate family.
Behind-the-scenes sneak peek at new exhibits.
The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC.
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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium3701 S 10th StreetOmaha, NE 68107
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