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OdySea Aquarium

Life Support Systems Senior Technician


This position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction in overseeing all life support systems within the aquarium. Applicant must have thorough understanding of aquarium water chillers, heat exchangers, UV and ozone systems, reverse osmosis, fractionators, plumbing application, pumps, motors and filtration equipment. Applicant must have the ability to troubleshoot complex water treatment and filtration systems, both saltwater and freshwater. This position requires an individual with a high degree of professional experience in a broad range of specialty areas as well as proven leadership, effective training, excellent teamwork, and the ability to demonstrate leadership by example. Priorities for this position include fostering a positive work and team atmosphere, attention to animal health, exhibit excellence, and stellar experience.

  • As a member of the Animal Care & Conservation Department, this team member will create a team atmosphere through demonstrated ability to collaborate.
  • This team member will coach, mentor, and guide other team members to further their knowledge base on life support systems.
  • This individual is responsible for ensuring the team’s tasks are complete as well as oversee the department in the absence of the LSS Supervisor and LSS Manager.
  • Performs and develops objectives, protocols, policies, and operating procedures to ensure the most professional, effective, efficient, and successful exhibits and related operations for the ACC Department.
  • Maintains the life support systems for the animals in the collection by operating, monitoring and maintain all associated life support systems equipment.
  • Conducts daily visual inspections and schedules regular maintenance on all life support systems equipment.
  • Conducts daily water quality testing, chlorine, salinity, pH as well as coordinates coliform screening, and any other necessary testing.
  • Works with lab technicians to ensure appropriate scheduling, collection, handling, and analysis of water samples.
  • Tests emergency procedures for life support systems on a routine basis.
  • Works closely with other team members within the inter-related departments to effectively plan for water quality needs for the animals.
  • Maintains accurate records, enters data into the database and distribute reports.
  • Keeps current with certifications necessary for systems operation.
  • Monitor all phases of aquarium exhibit water treatment processing as well as equipment condition and making necessary changes or repairs as needed.
  • Performs preventative and corrective maintenance as needed to keep LSS equipment in excellent working condition and appearance.
  • Understands and interprets water chemistry reports, results as well as the ability to recommend and carry out corrections as advised by.
  • Follows and maintains all safety policies and procedures.
  • Always maintains the highest standard of work area cleanliness.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Experience Required

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Four-year college degree or two-year trade school degree or equivalent experience. A valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Certification from a recognized SCUBA training organization may be required. Must have a minimum of three years’ experience in aquatic animal life support systems or similar work experience. Must have three years’ experience working with aquatic animals in closed aquarium systems including both fish and marine mammals or equivalent. Must have a working knowledge of freshwater & seawater chemistry and how it pertains to aquatic animals. Must have the ability to repair LSS or similar industrial mechanical plant equipment including ozone generators, centrifugal pumps, heat exchangers, air compressors, automated control systems, and all types of filtration systems including sand filters and protein skimmers. Ability to conduct vacuuming, backwashing, filter maintenance, and temperature monitoring. Must be available to be called in for emergencies. PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Successful completion of a pre-employment drug testing and background investigation. Allergies related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work, must be controlled by medications or protective equipment. Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Able to spend most of the workday walking/standing in aquarium public spaces. Some assignments will require the ability to work at elevated heights, move moderate to heavy objects, use power tools, operate heavy equipment. While performing the duties of this job the team member is required to stand for long periods of time, as well as walk. Employee will be exposed to large pools of water. Employee must be able to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb stairs, or crawl. Employee is required to frequently talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift or move, carry, push, or pull up to 50lb. Specific vision requirements for this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus. Must be able to take directional cues directly or indirectly. No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work. Must be able to work in an environment where the noise level may be loud at. Ability to work in all weather conditions, including occasional extreme hot or cold, and wet and/or humid conditions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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OdySea Aquarium
9500 East Vía de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Phone: (480) 291-8000

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