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The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is a public-private partnership between the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit. The city owns and maintains the Aquarium’s buildings and provides administrative support while the foundation procures and maintains the collection of animals and exhibits. The foundation is also responsible for fundraising efforts and various scientific research, education, and conservation programs.

Aquarium Life Support Maintenance Engineer I

The Aquarium Life Support Maintenance Engineer I will be part of a dynamic team that is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's 800,000-gallon aquatic life support systems.  This position will serve as a work leader and oversee the operation and maintenance of aquarium life support automated controls systems by training and supporting staff on control system operation, construction, maintenance, and programming.

Duties will include

  • Troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining aquarium life support automated control systems and control system components. 

  • Initiate, manage, and complete controls projects and programming of control systems and components; develop scope of work for projects, design control systems and develop budgets for control systems.

  • Serve on a rotation for life support and facility operations including weekend duty and is expected to maintain all components of exhibit life support systems by conducting routine and emergency repair. 

  • Communicate with staff across functional areas regarding maintenance for each system to maintain the highest animal care standards by collaborating with water quality, veterinary, and animal care staff to ensure the highest standards of animal care and welfare for all animal exhibits and holding/quarantine systems.

  • Assist the Senior Curator of Life Support with supervision of the work of life support staff by assigning and scheduling tasks so that work is completed properly and on time. 

Experience Required

MINIMUMS: Requires a High school diploma or GED plus five (5) years of experience in fields utilizing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities and associated with such positions as aquarium life support operator/technician/engineer, water treatment plant operator, automation technician or PLC/SCADA technician; or any equivalent combination of related education, experience and training. Must have a current and valid driver's license.

Further Comments

The ideal candidate will have the following preferences. Associates degree or higher in electrical engineering or related field. Specialized training or certification in automation, electronics, or electrical fields. Experience programming and troubleshooting PLCs. Experience interpreting and preparing electrical or electronic plans, diagrams, and schematics. Work experience in mechanical fields or mechanical engineering fields. Experience in project management including maintaining budgets. Experience supervising and managing. Industry-related experience working in a public aquarium, water/wastewater treatment, aquaculture, or similar facility.


The City of Virginia Beach offers an excellent benefits package which includes health, dental, and life insurance; retirement and savings plans; holidays, paid time off; as well as access to the Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union, a non-profit service agency which is owned and operated exclusively for City employees and their dependents.


Pay range for this classification: G.23 $48,443.20 - $71,011.20

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please visit

The City of Virginia Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: 757-385-FISH

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