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LSS Specialist

Position Summary

The LSS specialist position is a hands-on working manager and will oversee all aspects of aquarium life support systems and related components; automated controls and monitoring equipment; and related maintenance and repair. Develop and implement aquarium life support, logs and water quality standards and procedures in accordance with industry best practices, safety protocols, standards and guidelines established by Maui Ocean Center, governing agencies and regulatory/accrediting bodies. Also responsible for the water quality regulatory requirements. This person will work very closely with the head Curator and Operations Manager.


Essential Functions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and supports Maui Ocean Center’s Mission, Vision, Value Statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, standards, and the code of behavior
  • Creates and optimizes LSS procedures, manuals, SOP’s, and policies that will ensure the creation of the facility institutional memory
  • Ensure clear communications and maintain good relationships within and across Curatorial and Operations in order to support overall organizational goals
  • Use personal judgment and initiative to develop effective and constructive solutions to challenges and obstacles to implement policy and procedures
  • Optimize and maintain inventory of critical pumps, parts, pipes, other essential materials
  • Provide training for the Operations and Curatorial team members when and as needed
  • The LSS Specialist must be a team player whose enthusiasm and dedication to Maui Ocean Center is an example for the entire team
  • Attend internal departmental meetings and external conferences. Work collaboratively with Curatorial and Operations Teams on any special projects
  • Strong problem solving and group work leadership skills
  • Ability to interact with people of all ages and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Effective oral and written communication skills including proper use of communication tools and technologies
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evening, holiday and weekend requirements.
  • Establish annual goals and standards of performance for fiscal and programmatic operations relating to LSS


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited four-year college or university; 3-6 years of direct operational experience or equivalent combination of education and experience



  • Ability to lift minimum 70 lbs.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, which includes weekends, evenings and/or holidays as needed
  • Commitment to the mission of Maui Ocean Center and its core Conservation and Environmental values
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to balance and prioritize multiple tasks and requests and meet deadlines in a professional manner
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong working knowledge of large pump and life support systems
  • Exceptional problem solving, decision making and organizational skills
  • Demonstrates analytical, planning and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and composure in fast-paced environment.
  • Valid Hawaii State Driver’s License Required
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency using Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Experience and understanding on SCADA systems
  • Knowledge of database systems, research tools and electronic sources available through the internet required
  • Experience and knowledge of water quality monitoring and compliance
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian marine life preferred
  • AALSO Life Support certified level II preferred
Please include your resume and cover letter.
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