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Water Quality Specialist

Do you have a strong understanding of water filtration and filter systems? Are you passionate about wildlife conservation?  Look no further- this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!  We are currently on the search for a Water Quality Specialist to monitor the water quality of the tanks and exhibits at the Indianapolis Zoo!

Ideal candidates are committed to advancing the Zoo’s mission to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world.  The successful candidate will have a minimum of two (2) years of directly related work or volunteer experience.  A bachelor’s degree in a Life Science area or equivalent is required.  This position requires outstanding knowledge of water chemistry, water chemistry parameters, and operating testing equipment.  The position takes a highly motivated, self-directed, able to work independently individual that excels working in a lab setting.  This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, position that requires flexible availability to work weekends, evenings, and overtime as needed. 

Responsibilities of this position are, but not limited to:

  • Has direct responsibility and accountability for the performance of water quality testing, both routine and special case, including bringing any issues to the attention of management.
  • Purchases lab supplies and maintains quality and cleanliness of lab.
  • Monitors and maintains life support equipment associated with chlorine, ozone, ORP, and the protein skimmers.
  • Follows Zoo Policies, Collection Policies and Protocols, and Area specific Procedures and Protocols.
  • Trains and directs staff, volunteers, and interns regarding lab protocols as needed per management.
  • Obtains and maintains an active CPR/First Aid certification.
  • Must have a strong understanding of water filtration, and filter systems.
  • Will be required to implement fish and invertebrate quarantine procedures in coordination with the Area Manager.
  • Responsible for overall husbandry of animals in care, including but not limited to: preparing diets, cleaning holdings and exhibits, and implementing and developing behavioral enrichment.
  • Exposure to work indoors and outdoors, under all environmental conditions, which include inclement weather, cold and hot temperatures, and humidity.
  • Ability to ascend/ descend ladders, steps, and uneven terrain, while maintaining body equilibrium to perform various jobs.
  • Ability to detect, assess, identify, and observe surroundings to make sound judgments, along with the ability to communicate verbally, comprehend and decipher information accurately, using a two-way radio and telephone.
  • Ability to use department specific tools.
  • Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines. 
  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens.  Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.)  Supervisor will train on proper use of chemicals.
  • Ability to transport and move items, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • SCUBA certification strongly preferred, if not already certified, will be required to obtain and maintain SCUBA certification within 6 months of hire. 
  • Adheres to all safety policies and wears proper safety equipment (PPE) including, when required, scuba gear, dust masks, respirators, goggles, hearing protectors, and safety harness.
  • Exposure to various solvents, chemicals and cleaning solutions.  Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.)
  • Must have and maintain a valid Indiana driver’s license (or obtain one within thirty (30) days of hire date), and be insurable by Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc’s insurance company.


Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a criminal history and driving record check, and a drug test. The Indianapolis Zoo is requiring all Zoo employees and volunteers to be Covid-19 vaccinated unless individuals require a medical or religious belief accommodation.  If hired, vaccination must be completed prior to first working day or accommodation request must be approved prior to first working day. 

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive benefits package to all eligible (full-time/ 40 hr./ week) employees.   Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance; 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), Immediate Paid Holidays, and a complimentary Zoo membership for employees.

To apply:

  • Interested candidates must submit an online Zoo application by the October 31, 2021 deadline.
  • To be considered, applicants must include a resume, cover letter and salary requirements.  

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be a Drug-Free/ Smoke-Free/ Child Safe/ Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) Work Environment. 




Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 403 B, Generous Paid Time Off, Short Term Disability after qualifying period



How to Apply

Interested candidates must complete an online application on the Zoo's website at:

Indianapolis Zoo
1200 West Washington Street, P.O. Box 22309
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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