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Gladys Porter Zoo

Senior Aquarist / Life Support Technician

Do you enjoy a challenge and the satisfaction of making a positive impact?  Do you enjoy designing, building, and repairing aquarium life support systems, as well as providing excellent animal husbandry and maintaining optimal water chemistry?  

Do you enjoy wearing many hats as the member of a small aquarium team?  Are you ready to be a team leader?  If so, then you might be a great fit for our aquarium team at the Gladys Porter Zoo’s Russel Aquatic Ecology Center!

This position will report to the Curator of Aquatics and be a mentor to a team of aquarists and interpreters.  Excellent Life Support Technician skills are required for this position as a primary responsibility of this position will be to design, re-build, and restore many life support systems.  An understanding of how life support effects water quality and animal health is essential.  Optimal animal well-being and welfare, in addition to providing a great guest experience, are top priorities.

Further Comments

In addition to being an AZA Accredited zoo in the early stages of a major expansion, the zoo is in the City of Brownsville, which is a family-oriented community that is very supportive of their local zoo. Brownsville has a low cost of living, excellent restaurants, many fitness clubs, all city amenities, a warm climate, and the beautiful beaches of South Padre Island just 30 minutes away.


100% employer-paid health, vision, dental and life insurance; Paid time off: vacation, holidays and sick leave; Friendly co-workers . . . join our family! Zoo-friendly community; No traffic jams on the freeways; Extremely low cost-of-living!!


Commensurate with experience

How to Apply

If you think this sounds like the opportunity for you, send your resume and cover letter to the Curator of Aquatics, Kat Echevarria, at Please put Senior Aquarist / Life Support Technician in the subject line.

Gladys Porter Zoo
500 E. Ringgold Street
Brownsville, TX 78520
Phone: 956 546-7187
Fax: 956 541-4940

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