Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Water Lab Manager - California Science Center Foundation

Water Lab Manager - California Science Center Foundation

The Water Lab Manager is responsible for ensuring the quality of the water biology and chemistry for a closed system of exhibit tanks within the Living Collections department, including a 188,000 gallon kelp forest exhibit as well as several smaller marine and freshwater tanks. Working closely with the Life Support Systems Manager and the Director of Aquatics, the Water Lab Manager creates and implements policies and procedures for maintaining the quality of the exhibit and holding tank water, including ozone, pH, and nitrogen levels.

Major Job Responsibilities:

Develops and implements full water quality testing, analysis, and control procedures for closed aquatic system with both freshwater and saltwater components.

Works closely with Life Support System Manager and Director of Aquatics to ensure complete coordination of life support system functions.

Monitors levels of various components, including ozone, pH, temperature, salinity, carbon dioxide, phosphates, chlorine, bromine, magnesium, strontium, dissolved organics, calcium, iodine, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, copper sulfate, ORP, alkalinity, and other biological and chemical levels for all exhibit and holding systems.

Performs microbiological examination of exhibit and holding tank waters including testing for coliform and total bacteria.

Collects water samples, analyze using current and proven laboratory techniques, and record results.

Develops and maintains budget and inventory for laboratory operations.

Manages water disposal to sanitary sewer in accordance with local, State, and Federal regulations.

Assist Life Support Systems Manager with design, implementation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of LSS and water treatment.

Manages and directs a diverse staff of employees and volunteers as well as participate in the selection and training of Water Lab staff.

Implements and monitors safety standards and procedures for the Water Lab.

Maintains current knowledge of techniques and equipment used in the field.


BA/BS in Biology, Chemistry, or related field.

5+ years in similar position, preferably at an AZA-accredited aquarium or comparable institution, with a strong emphasis on closed marine and freshwater systems.

Advanced knowledge of water chemistry and biology.

Advanced knowledge of methods and procedures necessary for proper sampling and analysis of water quality.

Excellent laboratory skills, including ability to analyze data, prepare technical reports, and interpret and evaluate technical information.

Excellent problem solving skills.

Strong technical writing skills, as well as effective oral communication essential.
Proven ability to supervise and manage a diverse and technical staff.

Demonstrated ability to work with various computer programs and software related to essential functions of position.

Knowledge of OSHA and Cal OSHA standards in an aquarium environment.

Experience creating and maintaining budgets.

Ability to lift 50 pounds.

Salary: $3,333.00 - $3,750.00 per month with excellent benefits and 14 holidays per year

Send Cover Letter, Resume and Salary History (A Must) to the HR Dept. via fax at 213-744-2673, email to HR@cscmail.org or mail to the California Science Center Foundation, H. R. Dept, 700 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037. No phone calls please. EOE.

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