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Senior Life Support Operator (Full Time)

Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium
Kansas City
Bachelor Degree

Since the salary is not exposed by the employer, you may have a chance to negotiate it. Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium has full time job openings for individuals with experience in the industry. The Senior Life Support Operator (Full Time) job listing was made available on February 12, 2024, and it will no longer be accessible after March 11, 2024. This job vacancy requires that you have successfully completed Bachelor Degree to be eligible. While this position is based in Kansas City, the company may consider remote work for candidates who meet the necessary qualifications. The office address for work is Kansas City , MO , Kansas City , MO.

Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium

Senior Life Support Operator (Full Time)



Animal Care




Animal Curator – Life Support





The Senior Life Support Operator applies advanced technical and operational knowledge to maintain all life support systems throughout the Zoo & Aquarium. This includes ensuring all systems are functioning properly to assure proper water quality, clarity, and chemistry. Work areas will include the Aquarium, polar bear pool, penguin building (2 penguin pools and multiple saltwater aquariums), elephant pool, sea lion pool, Stingray Bay, otter pool and Missouri Department of Conservation aquarium.




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Routine Life Support Operations:

  • Performing various equipment function checks, calibrations, water samples and testing, while recording results.
  • Backwashing filters, water transfers, and pump basket maintenance for all pools and aquariums.
  • Dosing chemicals to maintain water chemistry.
  • Mixing artificial seawater.
  • Establishing good working relationships and communication with animal care and veterinary staff to ensure equipment and procedures are working properly.
  • Performing general maintenance items for life support equipment.


Advanced Life Support Operations:

  • Installation and repair of PVC piping and Life Support equipment.
  • Troubleshooting and repair of Life Support Equipment.
  • Ordering and maintaining supplies of salt, chemicals, and testing kits.
  • Ordering parts and equipment necessary to life support areas, working closely with the Zoo’s maintenance department.


Assist Life Support Curator to develop and implement area guidelines and standards, including:

  • Establishing standard operating procedures for all life support systems.
  • Occasionally assisting with design and providing input for life support systems being proposed for new exhibits.
  • Coordinating and communicating with other life support professionals to maintain knowledge and industry-wide standards for systems.


*This position may at times be requested to perform other duties or special projects as assigned, which are in the best interest of the Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium.



    1. Bachelor’s Degree in science based field or related required.
    2. SCUBA certification preferred.
    3. AALSO Life Support Level II Certification preferred.
    4. AALSO Water Quality Level I Certification preferred.
    1. Previous experience with and general knowledge of life support systems required.
    2. Comprehensive and working knowledge of water chemistry, proper laboratory, and quarantine techniques.
    3. Ability to perform repairs and general maintenance on various life support systems and equipment, such as sand filters, protein skimmers, water pumps, meters, generators, air pumps and ozone systems.
    4. Knowledge of safety requirements and protocols required while working with life support systems.
    5. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, preferred.
    6. Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
    1. Must have valid driver’s license.
    2. Must have or be able to obtain negative TB test.
    3. Must be able to lift 75 pounds and have sufficient mobility.
    4. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and work in loud areas.
    5. Must be able to tolerate stress and make immediate decisions concerning the safety of animals, employees, or the public.
    6. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, holidays and evening hours, in all weather extremes. May be required to report during emergency situations, such as power failure.
    7. Must pass a background and drug screening.

How to Apply

Please apply using the following link:

Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium
6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, MO 64132
Phone: (816) 595-1234

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