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Aquarium of the Pacific

Life Support Systems Technician

Full time, eligible for benefits

The Life Support Systems Technician is responsible for performing daily inspections of all life support systems and components, and maintaining all equipment in working order. The individual will handle such tasks as filter back washes, system lineup changes, barge water treatment, troubleshoot any faulty systems, and more. This position works a 4-day workweek, and all life support technicians rotate shifts to provide 24-hour coverage, 365 days of the year.

The Life Support Systems Technician’s Responsibilities Include:

  • Performing daily rounds inspections on all life support systems
  • Performing preventive and emergency maintenance for all the life support systems and associated equipment as needed
  • Isolating, troubleshooting and coordinating the repair of faulty life support systems including pumps, ozone generation systems, aquarium system filtration, and LSS building controls equipment
  • Providing support as needed with the construction and fabrication of new life support systems equipment and exhibits
  • Communicating successfully with and assisting members of the department and other departments within the aquarium as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or the completion of a formal training program a plus (or equivalent experience)
  • Previous aquatic animal life support experience in a private or public aquarium is highly desirable.
  • Must have work experience in a related technical field, such as wastewater treatment or marine engineering.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours (4-day workweek, including nights, weekends, and holidays in some rotations).

Knowledge, Skills, Traits for Success:

  • Aquatic animal life support experience in an aquarium highly desirable
  • Pipefitting and fabrication skills are highly desirable
  • Experience with centrifugal pump equipment fractional to 30 HP, sand filters, foam fractionators, UV sterilizers as well as heat exchangers is desirable
  • Understanding of basic water chemistry and tools used to measure water quality required
  • Must be highly computer literate with a strong understanding of MS windows
  • Understanding of automation and building control systems desirable
  • Must be a team-oriented individual with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of OSHA and Cal OSHA safety requirements is desirable

Physical Demands

  • Ability to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to balance, bend, squat, climb, kneel, crawl, twist
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 0-50lbs
  • Ability to pull and push up to 0-100lbs
  • Ability to work at a variety of heights
  • Full functional range of motion in all major body joints from reaching, twisting, bending, simple and power gripping, fine and gross motor skills

Work Environment

  • Exposure to various in temperature, humidity or wetness
  • Exposure to injury from animal
  • Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways
  • Exposure to confined spaces
  • Exposure to work in an industrial environment, including areas with low headroom, difficult access
  • Ability to work around and use hazardous chemicals with proper PPE
  • Use of special auditory, visual, and personal protective equipment
  • Exposure to working with bio-hazards
  • Aquarium habitats and open ocean environments

How to Apply

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: 562-951-1671
Fax: 562-951-1669

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