Life Support Manager
Job Details
St Louis Aquarium at Union Station - St. Louis, MO

Position Summary

Responsible for managing the Aquarium’s maintenance/life support team to support the operation, maintenance and repair of facilities and equipment associated with live animal habitats.  Management and preventative maintenance of all life support system (LSS) equipment, including but not limited to pumps, sand filters, UV, ozone generators and other equipment that are critical to animal health.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Manage, support and supervise the maintenance and life support team.
  • Manage activities to maintain positive representation to professional agencies, institutions and various committees.
  • Keep protocols and procedures to be used in the operation and maintenance of LSS equipment up to date.
  • Manage the preventative maintenance program of all LSS equipment.
  • Schedule routine maintenance for all equipment.
  • Assign preventative maintenance work orders to other LSS technicians.
  • Purchase and maintain inventory of supplies and replacement equipment to ensure continued operations.
  • Identify and record all maintenance performed to LSS equipment according to approved protocols and procedures.
  • Identify problems and implement changes to system design and operation to ensure safety for guests, team and the animal collection.
  • Ensure the safe installation, maintenance and operation of all LSS equipment, while maintaining the needs of animals in habitats and holding systems.
  • Perform inspections, preventative maintenance, routine up-keep, cleaning and repair of all equipment.
  • Understand water chemistry reports and their relationships to LSS.
  • Supervise making seawater for marine systems.
  • Monitor the Life Sciences inventory and departmental expenditure as it pertains to maintenance in order to reduce loss/waste, control costs and accurately communicate expenses.
  • Maintain up-to-date electronic records on water quality, system maintenance and system checks.
  • Manage emergencies to minimize damage, loss or injury to guests, team members, animals or company property.
  • Perform general facility repair and maintenance.
  • Assist in the preparation of daily and periodic reports for all Life Sciences Department activities.
  • In collaboration with Guest Experience Department and the Aquarium Foundation, ensure habitats and programs engage, educate and entertain diverse audiences.
  • Work closely with the Aquarium Foundation to ensure volunteers and educators provide exemplary guest service and engagement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications


  • Seven+ years + in a similar position required.
  • Three years + in a similar management role required.
  • PADI Open Water or equivalent (or able to obtain within 90 days of employment) required.
  • First Aid, CPR, Emergency O2, and AED certification required.
  • Proficient in operating, maintaining, designing and building life support systems for marine and freshwater systems required.
  • Knowledge and ability to adhere to OSHA standards and proper use of personal protective equipment in an aquarium environment required.
  • Preferred certification – OSHA 10 for General Industry.
  • Skilled in general construction, troubleshooting mechanical systems and the safe use of tools.
  • Experience with Ozone generation, safety, handling and its use in aquariums is essential.
  • Preferred certification – AALSO Operator Level II.
  • Degree or relevant work experience required.
  • Exceptional leadership skills and proven experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing departmental budgets.
  • Strong listening, presentation and decision-making skills.
  • Creative problem solver who thrives when presented with a challenge.
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas.


The individual must possess the following abilities to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some or a combination of the abilities.

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to read, listen and communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to access and accurately input information using a moderately complex computer system.
  • Hearing and visual ability to observe and detect signs of emergency situations.
  • Requires the ability to perform the physical, visual and hearing requirements in the working conditions below.


  • Upon employment all team members are required to comply with the standards, rules and regulations, which may be established by the Company and updated from time-to-time. Team members who violate property rules or have irregular attendance will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
  • The leisure business functions seven days a week. Due to the seasonal nature of the industry, team members may be required to work varying schedules, weekends, holidays and overtime to reflect the business needs of the property. Team members may also be required to attend group and/or department meetings in addition to the work shift as necessary.
  • This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that a team member in this position may be asked to perform.