Life Support Systems Technician
The Life Support System Technician should have an interest in pursuing a career in Life Support Systems operations at a zoo or public aquarium. 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 perform backwashing and/or water changes of Mote’s larger exhibits.
The Life Support Systems Technician will participate in the design, installation and maintenance of closed and open seawater systems, seawater heater/chiller equipment, ozone systems, filtrations systems, pumps and associated equipment.
The Life Support Systems Technician will cooperate with staff, volunteers and contractors, but must also be able to work independently. Excellent problem-solving skills are required.
The Life Support Systems Technician will help monitor and help maintain desired water quality parameters and ensure proper dosing of chemicals such as sodium bicarbonate, soda ash, chlorine, ozone and lanthanum chloride when necessary.
Participation in continuing education, including travel to out of town locations, may be required.
Normal hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Thursday to Monday with one unpaid hour for lunch and will include holiday shifts. Occasional longer daily hours may be required to complete specific tasks. The Life Support Systems Technician may be requested to be available after hours and weekends to support emergency situations.
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.
Knowledge and skills:
Computer knowledge (Excel, Word, Google)
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
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 occasionally
Ability to lift 25lbs overhead occasionally
Ability to work in tight spaces
Capable of climbing and working from ladders
Interested applicants should apply on line by choosing “2024 Life Support Systems Technician” at https://mote.smapply.org/prog/job_applicants or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm February 23, 2024
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected category. Mote participates in E-Verify.
Position Type: Full-time
Salary Range: $21,000 - $40,000/year
Employer Type: Private Company