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Life Support Technician (Full-Time)

Zootampa At Lowry Park In Tampa, Fl
Tampa, United States Posted: May 08, 2024


Are you passionate about animals and conservation? ZooTampa at Lowry Park is looking for an experienced and certified Life Support Technician to join our water quality team.

  • Are you the kind of person who is passionate about rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for animals?
  • Are you a technical expert with a passion for maintaining life support systems in a setting where you can make a real impact?
  • Do you take initiative, work with minimal supervision, and excel in a fast-paced environment?
  • Are you experienced in managing water quality and pumps, and do you have a keen eye for occupational safety and quality control?
  • Do you relish the opportunity to work in a renowned institution committed to animal welfare, education, and conservation?
  • If you find these questions resonate with you, we invite you to apply for our Life Support Technician position at ZooTampa. We are actively scheduling interviews and are eager to add a committed and skillful member to our esteemed water quality team.
Position Summary
  • This position is responsible for maintaining and performing maintenance on pumps and life support systems in the Zoo and at off-site structures. 
  • Other duties include special construction projects and assisting with facilities maintenance when needed.
Who We Are
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1.2 million visitors annually.
  • We have grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic wildlife habitats in a lush, tropical garden setting with wide-ranging activities.
  • The Zoo, accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won awards as one of the country‚Äôs most family-friendly zoos.
  • Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals; create exceptional personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways.
  • Our vision is that everyone we touch is motivated to join us in taking action to protect and preserve wildlife.
  • Join us and become a part of creating unforgettable natural connections!
Your day to day
  • Essential Functions (including but not limited to):
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Motivated self-starter -- Must be able to take initiative and work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational abilities.
  • Effective communication skills -- Ability to develop positive relationships with members of all departments.
  • Ability to complete projects in a reasonable time frame to the complete satisfaction of the customer.
  • Deal courteously and tactfully with employees, peers, superiors, and the general public.
  • Read blueprints, mechanical drawings, and other diagrams.
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude with the public.
  • Quality control -- Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors own work to ensure quality. 
  • Capacity to anticipate -- Ability to think ahead and plan.
  • Capacity to change -- Ability to identify and correct operational problems quickly. 
  • Must be able to think logically and solve problems with minimal guidance. 
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and contribute effectively to the department.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Demonstrated experience with pumps and water quality required.
  • Certified Pool Operator certification required.
  • AALSO LSS Level 1 and 2 preferred but not required.
  • Four years of experience in progressively responsible general maintenance operations.
  • High School diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum educational requirements.
  • Considerable knowledge of pumps, water quality, and facility life support systems.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of operations associated with buildings, mechanical maintenance, and pump repair.
  • Knowledge of use, repair, and care of equipment pertinent to the performance of life support systems.
  • Working knowledge of hand and power tools.
  • Skilled in the use of tools pertinent to machinery and general shop duties.
  • Considerable knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.
Other Requirements:
  • Conducts all activities in alignment with AZA standards and guidelines, all relevant laws and regulations, safety standards, and standards that ensure animal welfare.
  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions typical to west central Florida (i.e., heat, rain, or cold).
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must have ability to navigate paved as well as rough construction sites. 
  • Ability to use radio, telephone, and computer to communicate and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Must be willing and able to work varied and long shifts including holidays and weekends.
  • Must be able to plan for, work, and staff specials events and exhibits as well as be available for unexpected shifts.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of physical positions, including sitting, bending, standing, and walking.
  • Our Perks at ZooTampa
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life & Supplemental Insurance,
  • 403(b) Pension Plan with a 4% match.
  • PTO (Vacation and Wellness time)
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
  • Tuition Forgiveness
  • Free gym membership
  • Free admission to the Zoo, MOSI, and the Florida Aquarium
  • Free or discounted admission to many attractions in Florida
  • And so much more!
  • Equal Opportunity Employer & Drug-Free Workplace
Experience Required
  • Demonstrated experience with pumps and water quality required.
  • Certified Pool Operator certification required.
  • AALSO LSS Level 1 and 2 preferred but not required.
  • Four years of experience in progressively responsible general maintenance operations.
  • High School diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum educational requirements. Considerable knowledge of pumps, water quality, and facility life support systems.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of operations associated with buildings, mechanical maintenance, and pump repair.
  • Knowledge of use, repair, and care of equipment pertinent to the performance of life support systems.
  • Working knowledge of hand and power tools.
  • Skilled in the use of tools pertinent to machinery and general shop duties.
  • Considerable knowledge of occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.

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