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Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Part-time Aquarist I

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Position Role: Life Support Systems Operator

Job Summary:  

Operation of Life Support Systems throughout the zoo, equipment maintenance and repair, and basic water quality testing.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:  

Understand water chemistry reports and their relationship to Life Support, work closely with Animal Care staff and Construction staff, perform inspections, preventative maintenance tasks, cleaning and repair of all Life Support equipment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of pumps (centrifugal and peristaltic), filters (sand, bead, drum), UV sterilizers, ozone generators, and automated control systems.  Water quality in aquariums.  PVC plumbing.  Knowledge and ability to use power tools.

Education Preferred:  Bachelor's degree in biological sciences

Licenses and Certifications Preferred:

Open Water SCUBA certification from an internationally recognized training association preferred.  Level 1 Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators (AALSO) certification preferred.

Physical Requirements:   Able to move/lift 75 pounds, climb ladders, work in tight areas, ride a bicycle.

Working Conditions:   Both indoor and outdoor in typical Southern California weather.

Further Comments

*This is a civil service exempt, at-will position. The incumbent will not accrue any civil service tenure or contractual rights in such position. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for employment and have received a conditional job offer from the Los Angeles Zoo will be required to complete a criminal background investigation which includes fingerprinting. In the event that the job applicant fails to participate with the criminal background investigation or fails to satisfactorily complete or pass the criminal background investigation, the applicant's conditional job offer will be rescinded or revoked and his or her consideration for employment will be terminated.


$28.19 per hour

How to Apply

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Taira (

Please email your resume to  - May close at any time.

The Los Angeles Zoo may pre-screen all applications/resumes to determine the most qualified applicants to invite for an interview.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 3236445330
Fax: 323-644-4776

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