Position Title: Water Quality Environmental Lab Technician
Department: Facility Operations
Classification: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Direct Report: Director of Facility Operations
The position reports to the Director of Facility Operations. The Water Quality & Environmental Lab technician is expected to perform all aspects of the Water Quality Laboratory including: sample testing, quality control, data interpretation, data entry as well as aide in troubleshooting and correction of parameters. The technician is to assist in developing relevant SOPs and protocols, maintain and calibrate equipment, stock laboratory supplies, and aide in Mississippi Aquarium research & development. The position supports Facility Operations, Animal Care and Veterinary Services to provide the highest environmental quality for the animal collection of the Mississippi Aquarium.
• Performs objectives, protocols, policies and operating procedures to ensure the most successful, efficient, effective, and professional aquatic exhibits and the related operations of the Mississippi Aquarium
• Assists the Facility Operations department in developing operational and procedural manuals for all operations pertaining to the water quality laboratory and life support systems
• Assists the Facility Operations with setting schedules and completing routine equipment calibration and water change frequencies
• Assists Facility Operations with saltwater make up and quality control
• Maintains chemical inventory including oversight of Safety Data Sheets accordance with industry standards and procedures set by the Mississippi Aquarium under the supervision of the Director of Facility Operations
• Assists in supervision and maintenance of records of laboratory equipment including: routine calibrations, preventative maintenance and minor repairs
• Assists the Facility Operations Department with training and monitoring interns and volunteers
• Communicates and maintains working relationship with guests, staff, supervisors, other departments, suppliers, professional associates, and colleagues in related industries.
• Participates in staff meetings and provides input for improvements of the water quality lab, animal care and life support operations
• Maintains awareness of industry-related activities and trends
• Undertakes special projects as assigned by the Director of Facility Operations
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell – any or all of which may be for extended periods. The employee must often lift and/or move up to 60 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.
APPLICANTS MUST MEET MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR BETTER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN INTERVIEW.