Life Support Systems (LSS) Technician

Division / Title                 

Operations / Life Support Systems Technician

Reporting relationship 

Director of Facilities & Life Support

Job Summary

The Life Support Systems Technician is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all large scale LSS on the Loggerhead Marinelife Center campus. The LLS Technician also assists the animal care team as needed with respect to modifications and additions regarding the small scale, self-standing LSS packages. The LSS Technician works collaboratively throughout the campus in a creative environment and contributes to the efficient operation of the department. This position works a schedule set by the supervisor and may encompass non-traditional days and hours and may be asked to report to work for life support or animal care emergencies.

Core Responsibilities

  • Follow all policies and procedures of LMC, and the Animal Care Team.
  • Adhere to all federal and state guidelines, regulations, and laws.
  • Perform regular mechanical, electrical, and plumbing repairs and preventative maintenance.
  • Operation of all LSS with supervision.
  • 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.
  • Supervised addition of chemicals to LSS.
  • Use computers for communication, LSS monitoring/operation, reference, and reports/logs.
  • Keep records and inventory.
  • Assist (if needed) in animal medical procedures.
  • Assist (if needed) in animal moves and transport operations.
  • Perform back of house educational lectures and conduct tours of LSS spaces as assigned.
  • Participate in the inter- and intra-departmental cross training program.
  • Cleans work areas including scrubbing, mopping, vacuuming water and pest control.
  • Participates in system design and fabrication in keeping with animal behavior and biological needs.
  • Participates in and presents at workshops, seminars, lectures, member programs and tours.
  • Responds to life-support and animal related emergencies, at times after hours.
  • Coordinates daily activities through effective communication with staff and volunteers.
  • Provides back-up support to other departments as needed.
  • Adheres to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that goals for an excellent visitor experience are met and maintained.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED required. Associates or technical degree in related fields are desirable.
  • Previous experience in life support operation at an aquarium or zoo through volunteer work, internships or a full-time position (work in an AZA accredited facility is preferred). Wastewater facility experience is also welcome.
  • Open water Dive Certification required.
  • Knowledge of life support systems and water quality parameters for aquatic species.
  • Must have keen observation skills and be highly detail-oriented and adept at problem solving.
  • Skill in organizing resources and maintaining priorities.
  • Ability to construct and operate LSS, including plumbing and carpentry.
  • Knowledge in mechanical and electrical repair work.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to implement facility and departmental goals.
  • Ability to follow laws and regulations relating to the care of wildlife in accordance with facility and industry best practices.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials using basic computer skills in Word, Excel, internet navigation, e-mail and spreadsheet programs.
  • Ability to decide when to act independently and when to seek consultation of curatorial staff.
  • Ability to mentor and train new interns, volunteers and staff.
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional business relationships with co-workers, volunteer staff, interns, colleagues at other facilities and outside vendors.
  • Ability to work holidays, weekends and a non-traditional work week as well as respond to after-hours emergencies.
  • Requires the willingness to work with chemicals (PPE provided) and follow MSDS/SDS.

About Us

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 50-70 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. Outdoor work is subject to temperatures up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, rain, humidity and sun. Pump room environment has a high noise level (PPE provided). Must be willing and able to travel for offsite work 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. This recruitment may be used to select candidates for additional open positions. It is our policy that all team members, including newly hired, transferred, and promoted team members, will be carefully monitored and evaluated for an initial introductory 3-month period on the job. After satisfactory completion of the introductory evaluation, such team members will be evaluated on an annual basis.

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