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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Life Support Technician I

Position: Life Support Systems Technician I (LSST)

Reports To: Director of Animal Husbandry


The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (LLPA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides the community with countless educational opportunities to understand and respect our precious Earth and its living ecosystems, from the Utah deserts and mountains, to rain forest habitats, to the planet’s vast oceans.  Working at The Living Planet Aquarium is more than just a job, it is purpose-driven work.  We need exceptionally talented and hardworking team members to join us on our mission of inspiring people to explore, discover, and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems.  We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages including medical, dental, life insurance, disability, flexible spending account, 401(k) with match, PTO, Holiday Pay, New Child Leave, Aquarium Memberships and passes, and much more. 


Position Summary:

The Life Support Systems Technician is responsible for monitoring and maintaining all of the equipment that is associated with the live animal exhibits. This includes pumps, sand filters and other equipment that is critical to animal health. This includes performing routine maintenance on aquatic exhibits, backwashing filters, conducting water changes and adding chemicals to improve the quality of the water. LSST are also responsible for improving exhibits by building new ones or changing filtration equipment.  The LSST will model an outstanding work ethic and have accountability for water quality and animal safety.



  • A BS/BA degree in related field with at least one year paid experience
  • Experience operating, maintaining, designing and building life support systems for marine and freshwater systems.
  • Knowledge and ability to adhere to OSHA standards and proper use of personal protective equipment in an aquarium environment. Ability to drive a forklift preferred.


Critical Skills/Competencies:

  • Knowledge of pumps, filters, fractionators, UV sterilizers, heat exchangers, ozone systems and automated control equipment.
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of water chemistry and monitoring in an aquarium environment.
  • SCUBA certification from an internationally recognized training association.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and have strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and cleanliness are a must.
  • Have the ability to operate company vehicles, including a fork lift, and follow all vehicle protocols. 
  • Must keep a favorable driving record and be willing to permit a periodic review of your driving record, if necessary.
  • A valid driver’s license is required.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform inspections, preventative maintenance, routine upkeep, cleaning and repair of all life support equipment.
  • Understands water chemistry reports and their relationships to life support systems.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed life support systems logs and records.
  • Assist with the design of life support systems for temporary holding tanks and future exhibits.
  • Work closely with a diverse staff of employees and volunteers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The Living Planet Aquarium is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or military status.   The Living Planet Aquarium is committed to ensuring individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application and interview process.  Should you require accommodations, please contact

How to Apply

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
12033 South Lone Peak Parkway
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: 8013553474

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