Life Support Systems Technician

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Job Description
The Aquarium Life Support Systems Technician is responsible for the safe operation of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s freshwater and seawater operations.  Duties will include, but are not limited to, daily operation and maintenance of ozone generators, compressors and associated peripheral equipment.  Other duties include pump repair, high rate sand filter operation and maintenance, as well as daily operation of water distribution systems, water chemistry testing and repair and maintenance of mechanical systems as necessary.
 
The Life Support Systems Technician will participate in the design, installation and maintenance of closed and open seawater systems, seawater heater/chiller equipment, filtrations systems, pumps and associated equipment.
 
Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science or related field preferred, technical degree or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
 
Work Experience:  Minimum of 1 year in a Public Aquarium Life Support division, or water treatment facility preferred.  Previous internships or volunteerism will be considered.   Knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry preferred.  The ability to work outside in all weather conditions as well as in tight quarters is mandatory.
 
Immigration Status:   Ability to work legally in the United States.
 
Valid Florida Driver’s License:  Required or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment.
 
Skills:  
                        Computer knowledge (Excel, Word, Access)
                        Excellent verbal communication skills
                        Capable of performing routine tasks accurately and efficiently
Capable of repair and maintenance of mechanical systems
Experience in aquatic animal care is preferred. 
Ability to cooperatively work with staff, volunteers and contractors
Ability to make decisions and work independently
Ability to work with and tolerate PVC glues and primers
Ability to use basic hand and power tools
 
Physical:  
                        Tolerance working with wet hands, feet and clothes every day
            Ability to spend the majority of the workday walking, standing, bending and lifting
            Strength to operate valves and open pump baskets
            Tolerance to work around noisy machinery and equipment
            Tolerance for the smell of fish and animal feces
                        Ability to work outside in all Florida weather conditions
                        Ability to safely lift and carry 60 lbs
                        Ability to lift 25lbs overhead
                        Ability to work in confined spaces
                        Capable of climbing and working from ladders
 
 
Working Hours:
Normal hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm either Sunday to Thursday or Tuesday to Saturday and will include holiday shifts. 
 
Interested applicants should submit as a single electronic file, 1) a cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names and contact information for three references, before 5pm January 25, 2019 to HumanResources@mote.org.  Alternatively, a single package of all requested elements may be submitted to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. 
 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other protected category.
 
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