Job Postings

Park Maintainer


New York Aquarium

Closing Date
March 3, 2024

About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS):
WCS stands for wildlife and wild places. As the world’s premier wildlife conservation organization, WCS has a long track record of achieving innovative, impactful results at scale. We run field programs spanning 60 countries and the entire ocean. We build on a unique foundation: Our reach is global; we discover through best-in-class science; we protect through work on the ground with local and indigenous people; we inspire through our world-class zoos, aquarium, and education programs; and we leverage our resources through partnerships and powerful policy influence. Our more than 4,000 diverse, passionately committed team members in New York City and around the world work collectively to achieve our conservation mission.
The Facility Operations Maintainer (FOM) is a technical, safety- sensitive, and
essential position responsible for the safe operation, monitoring, troubleshooting,
maintenance, and repair of New York Aquarium’s electrical, HVAC, water, gas,
building infrastructure and other related work as required. The FOM is expected to
perform high quality work in support of New York Aquarium’s mission.

Principal Responsibilities:

Perform preventative maintenance tasks and affect necessary repairs on all facilities maintenance and infrastructure related equipment including, but not limited to, HVAC units, chillers, cooling towers, sanitary ejector systems (force mains), circulator pumps, boilers heat exchangers, lighting systems, and electrical systems.

Perform general maintenance of building systems including, but not limited to, envelope, painting, carpentry, lighting, door hardware, and finishes.

Ensure tasks are accomplished in a safe, timely, and quality manner.

Maintain accurate records; generate daily log sheets in a neat and orderly fashion, estimate job material, use computer or tablet for basic email and calendar activities.

Assist in other animal care areas as assigned.

Perform various troubleshooting techniques related to system problems and/or malfunctions, and respond to emergencies.

Ensure safety of self, animals, co-workers, and visitors by observing safety guidelines around the animals, equipment, and vehicles.

Utilize chemical supply products and follows standardized usage guidelines and safety information as set by the material data sheets and makes recommendations to Plant Engineering management staff on compliance related issues.

Read, understand, and utilize technical manuals and data regarding facility operations, methodology, and equipment.

Attend team meetings and participate in developmental seminars and workshops as required to remain current on job skills.

Interact with the public, if the circumstance arises, to provide information on the Aquarium’s animal collection, either through personal knowledge or by referring the question to an appropriate NYA staff member.

Operate New York Aquarium vehicles as needed for field investigations and to retrieve or deliver materials from or to local business, suppliers, etc.

Participate in general safety drills including, but not limited to, weather emergencies, flood prevention device deployment, chemical spill, AED, and general evacuation drills.

Education and Pre-requisites

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of safety rules and procedures applicable to the position, and of occupational hazards and safety procedures.

Knowledge of plumbing practices, tool, materials, and tools and techniques related to water process systems, aquarium, or aquaculture systems.

Knowledge of basic electrical theory, electrical components, and their application.

Knowledge of troubleshooting, and repair techniques and procedures for mechanical electrical and electronic equipment for water process equipment.

Knowledge of basic refrigeration equipment as it relates to the trade.

Knowledge of how to oil, grease, clean and replace motors, bearings and other frictional wearing surfaces that are trade related.

Skill in the application of operating, trouble shooting, maintaining and repairing mechanical, electrical, and control equipment as it relates to aquatic life support systems.

Skill in plumbing materials, tools, and techniques related to water process systems, aquarium, or aquaculture systems.

Ability to develop accurate materials lists for jobs.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to read blueprints and technical drawings.

Ability to use basic electrical test equipment proficiently.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent.

Valid New York State driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within 1 year of hire.

Ability to obtain ASME 831.3 Bonding Certification for PVC and CPVC materials within 1 year of hire.

Ability to obtain certification in the operation of counterbalanced lift trucks and skid steer loaders within 1 year of hire.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift and move materials weighing up to 50 pounds.

Ability to safely climb and work from ladders following current WCS & OSHA safety guidelines and requirements, including participation in yearly WCS ladder training sessions.

Ability to work in confined spaces.

Ability to work indoors, outdoors, and in inclement weather.

Ability to work in and around water.

Ability to work around animals.

Ability to respond to various emergencies outside of normal business hours and within a reasonable timeframe; this position is safety sensitive and essential.

Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays as scheduled.

While performing the duties of this position, ability to regularly use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms; ability to stand and talk or hear; ability to walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, smell, and navigate uneven terrain.

Compensation and benefits


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