Division / Title
Operations / Director of Facilities and Life Support
Chief Operating Officer
The Director of Facilities and Life Support is a strategic, and process-minded leader with experience managing a highly complex physical plant and maintaining physical assets of a facility. Experience in the operation, repair and maintenance of HVAC, electrical, mechanical, and aquatic life support systems is critical, and the Director of Facilities and Life Support oversees the operation of all these areas of LMC as well as general building maintenance. The Director’s responsibility is to establish and manage a preventative maintenance program for all mechanical systems and oversee work done to these systems by in-house staff or contractors.
The Director of Facilities and Life Support will oversee the Maintenance team to ensure work orders for building operation are addressed in a timely manner. This position works closely with the Animal Care Curator and Chief Science Officer to ensure smooth operation of the aquatic life support systems. These complex systems require experience with water quality systems and with water chemistry analysis techniques. Thorough understanding and ability to troubleshoot complex water treatment and filtration systems is necessary along with automation of these systems. This position will be required to operate and service aquarium water chillers, ozone systems, plumbing, PVC piping applications, pumps, motors, and filtration equipment.
Oversees the operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical systems on LMC campuses, including but not limited to:
• Air conditioning units, chiller plant, boilers, elevators
• Motor vehicles (including ATVs)
• Facility Maintenance, Utilities, Lighting, Exhibit Hall, Maintenance/Grounds
• Disaster planning procedures and execution
• Aquatic life support systems
• Oversee and perform regular mechanical, electrical, and plumbing repairs, and preventative maintenance.
• Oversees and participates in the operation and maintenance of the LSS systems.
• Operates, monitors, and maintains the associated equipment (pumps, chillers, ozone generators, filters, piping systems, HVAC, and electrical).
• Writes and tests emergency procedures for building mechanical systems.
• Supervises and participates in repair and construction activities to support the needs of the center.
• Operates and manages life support automation.
• Works closely with Animal Care and Hospital Departments and the Operations Department (vets, curators, engineers, plumbers, etc.) to effectively plan for water quality needs for the animals.
• Maintains accurate records and distributes reports.
• Keeps current with certifications necessary for the operation of the mechanical systems.
• Maintains communication with Animal Care and Hospital teams and others regarding maintenance for each system.
• Conduct rounds of all filtration areas to inspect pumps, motors, ozone generators, chillers, boilers, and other related LSS equipment.
• Basic water testing using correct lab practices and procedures (as needed).
• Supervises addition of chemicals to LSS.
• Completes all animal care, exhibit maintenance and improvements without disruption or minimal impact to visitors or the visitor experience.
• Assists with purchasing and inventory as part of an assigned budget.
• Maintains knowledge of industry innovations and new techniques through professional meetings and conferences, trade journals, and regular communication with professional colleagues.
• Adheres to all LMC and department policies and practices.
• Serve in on-call capacity for after hour’s emergencies and monitoring.
• Manages external contractors and service contracts when needed to maintain mechanical systems.
• Exemplifies the highest standard of work ethics.
• Practices great customer service.
• Other duties as assigned or required.
Required Skills, Knowledge, and Experience
• 10 years of life support operation experience at a nature center, zoo, aquarium, aquaculture facility or similar facility with at least 5 years’ experience at a management or supervisory role.
• Water quality systems
• Water chemistry analysis techniques
• Aquarium life support systems Regulatory and membership agencies and regulations (USDA, USFWS, AZA, AALSO, etc.)
• Plumbing of piping, valves, filtration systems, etc.
• Repair and maintenance of pumps and associated life support equipment
• Basic electrical installation and troubleshooting techniques
• Operation and maintenance of HVAC
• Safety requirements (SDS, Fall Arrest, Lock Out Tag Out)
• Experience installing and plumbing life support systems
• Effective leadership skills
• Automated life support systems and maintenance techniques
• Assorted tools and construction techniques including wiring, ductwork, piping, etc.
• Demonstrated excellence in communication (written, oral, and public).
• Demonstrated proficiency in cloud-based platforms and collaboration (Google Suite, Office 365, Dropbox, Zoom, Slack, Jira, Trello, Wrike, Asana, etc.) software and database management.
• 10 years of facilities or life support management at a nature center, zoo, aquarium, aquaculture facility or similar facility with at least 5 years’ experience in aquatic life support operation.
Founded in 1983, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is a leading cultural attraction in South Florida that provides open access to all guests. Today the Center is a global leader in the research, rehabilitation, and protection of sea turtles, serving our broader mission to promote ocean ecosystem conservation. Annually we reach 900,000 guests with our transformational education programs and partner with nearly 100 organizations across six continents and 16 countries in ocean conservation. In early 2022, we opened a new 27,500 square-foot campus that greatly expands our exhibition, education, and convening space and doubles our medical facilities.
Physical Demands + Work Environment
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Successful applicants must be comfortable in a highly dynamic environment in an active and busy office or outdoor setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. This position may involve working outdoors in Florida, often in hot and humid conditions, and at events that extend into evening and weekend hours. Must be willing and able to travel for offsite programming and possess a valid driver’s license.
This is a salaried and exempt full-time position. The successful incumbent may be required to perform tasks beyond the scope of this job description as requested by the supervisor. All team members, including newly hired, transferred and promoted team members, will be carefully monitored and evaluated for an initial introductory 3 month period. After satisfactory completion of the introductory evaluation, such team members will be evaluated on an annual basis. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. This recruitment may be used to select candidates for additional open positions.
Interested applicants may submit their resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to HR@marinelife.org.