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Life Support Technician 1


Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Closing Date
March 7, 2024


This position assists with the daily operation and maintenance of life support components and systems and for aquatic animal collections. This position will regularly interact with Zoo guests to answer questions, provide animal information, and ensure an excellent guest experience.

Essential Accountabilities

Collects data and completes water chemistry analysis for all marine support systems in accordance with established timelines and procedures. Assists Level 2 technicians with data interpretation of all water chemistry.
Under supervision, assist with daily rounds of all filtration areas to inspect pumps, motors, generators, chillers, air handlers and other filtration equipment.
Under supervision, assist with regular preventive maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting and repair of analytical instrumentation, probes, and mechanical equipment.
Maintains standards of animal husbandry in accordance with established protocols and medical concerns. Maintains adequate stock of all section supplies and reports low inventory levels to supervisor promptly.
Reports any animal health or husbandry concerns to Curator and Vet staff. Proactively engages in common Water quality and Aquatic husbandry and health practices.
Assists Level 2 technicians with animal training in accordance with current FZC training practices and protocols. Communicates challenges or deficiencies in the program to Curator or ZAM (Zoological Animal Manager).
Prepares and administers appropriate daily diets at designated times.
Implements effective behavioral enrichment for selected animals and establishes a thorough written routine for assigned section.
Actively observes animals’ behavior, checking for any signs of illness or disorder, reports irregularities and abnormal behavior to supervisor.
Under supervision, completes animal welfare assessments.
Maintains accurate feeding, health, and welfare records of assigned animals under guidance.
Exercises good judgement when making decisions that affect our collection.
Performs special assignments and projects as requested and assists with other shifts as needed.

Education and Pre-requisites


High School diploma required.
Minimum 6 months related experience in a zoological or wildlife facility.
Strong verbal and written English skills and the ability to communicate effectively with the public, bilingual skills a plus.
Valid California driver’s license and good driving record, preferred.
Ability to work evenings, weekdays, weekends, and holidays.

Compensation and benefits

Part Time employees receive an Employee Assistance Program, 401K, Paid CA Sick Time earned on an accrued basis.

Full-Time employees receive our comprehensive compensation package which includes 100% employer paid Medical/Dental/Vision, Employee Assistance Program, 401k, 10 Paid Holidays, Paid Sick and Paid Vacation time on an accrued basis.

The pay range for this position is $20-$24 per hour. Offers will be based on the successful candidate’s experience.

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