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Life Support Manager

Posted: April 23, 2024 Expired: May 21, 2024
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Life Support Manager

Position: Life Support Manager

Reports To: Director of Animal Husbandry 

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake County, Utah is currently recruiting for a Life Support Manager.  This is an ever expanding facility, soon to be the fifth largest aquarium in the United States, in a fast pace environment working with a diverse collection of marine animals.  There is plenty of sun, snowboarding/skiing, mountain biking, and outdoor fun experiences! 


  • A BS/BA degree in related field with at least 5 years full-time paid experience in a relevant field preferred. 
  • Experience in management of personnel.
  • Knowledge and ability to adhere to OSHA standards and proper use of personal protective equipment in an aquarium environment. OSHA 10 certification for General Industry, preferred.
  • Skilled in general construction, troubleshooting mechanical systems, and the safe use of tools 
  • AALSO Operator Level III certification, preferred


Critical Skills/Competencies:  

  • Knowledge of pumps, filters, fractionators, UV sterilizers, heat exchangers, ozone systems and/or automated control equipment
  • Ability to work in a team environment and have strong oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and cleanliness
  • Ability to manage people

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Manage Level I, II and III Life Support Technicians, as well as interns and volunteers, including but not limited to time cards, PTO, disciplinary action, reviews, and hiring
  • Be an example of safety and efficiency in their daily duties 
  • Write protocols and procedures to be used in the operation and maintenance of LSS equipment 
  • Manage the preventative maintenance program of all LSS equipment including: 
    • Scheduling routine maintenance for all equipment 
    • Assigning preventative maintenance work orders to other LSS technicians 
    • Purchasing and maintaining inventory of all needed supplies and back-up equipment to ensure continued operations in the face of challenges 
    • Utilizing the LSS module within ZIMS to identify and log all maintenance done to LSS equipment according to approved protocols and procedures 
  • Identify problems with, and implement changes to system design and operation to ensure safety for staff and the animal collection 
  • Assist the Life Support Engineer in planning and implementing new life support system design and installation 
  • Work closely with the facilities staff to ensure the safe installation, maintenance and operation of all LSS equipment, while maintaining all the needs of the animals in exhibits and holding systems at LLPA 
  • Perform inspections, preventative maintenance, routine upkeep, cleaning, and repair of all life support equipment  
  • Understand water chemistry reports and their relationships to life support systems  
  • Maintain accurate and detailed life support systems logs and records  
  • Assist in the making of sea water for marine systems  
  • Participate in special training and professional development opportunities as needed  
  • Inspect, monitor, repair, maintain and rebuild life support system equipment as required  
  • Work closely with the husbandry staff, other departments and volunteers  
  • Respond to emergencies as required 
  • Perform other duties as assigned  

Physical Demands of the Job:  

  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds, stand for long periods of time and drive aquarium vehicles 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear 
  • The employee is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, reach or feel and manipulate objects or controls 
  • The employee is frequently required to sit, walk distances, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch and stand for long periods for time 

Special Working Conditions:  

  • Working around water, salt, power tools, hazardous chemicals, and potentially dangerous animals
  • Work may be performed at off-site locations, at night and or on weekends
  • Must be able to work in an industrial work environment including confined spaces and areas with low headroom and difficult access as well as with hazardous chemicals  

While this job description attempts to describe the essential functions of the position, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It does not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties or responsibilities to this job at any time. The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate. The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to the policies. 

How to Apply

Apply at:

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
12033 S Lone Peak Pkwy
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: 801-355-3474

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