Apply: Life Support Technician

At the OKC Zoo, Go Wild!

The Life Support Technician interacts with the public and enhances visitor experiences. Under the direct supervision of the Supervisor/Assistant Curator, this position performs a variety of skilled/semi-skilled work required for the care and safety of animals, staff, and the public. This position has the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform all operational requirements in the assigned area responsibilities as directed by the Supervisor, Assistant Curator and/or Curator.

Essential Functions of the Position

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to perform all functions that pertain to Life Support Technician.
  • Assists with Animal Transfers.
  • Participates in Conservation activities that support’s the zoo’s mission.
  • Demonstrates leadership through example, fully supporting Oklahoma City Zoo’s strategic management plans and working with Life Support Technicians, Senior Life Support Technicians, Animal Caretakers and Senior Animal Caretakers to support these plans.
  • Assists with supervisory responsibilities in the absence of the Assistant Curator.
  • Represent Oklahoma City Zoo by participating in AZA programs, TAGs, SSPs, Studbooks, etc.
  • Responsible for maintaining the highest level of safety in the workplace through staff training and implementation of safety protocols and procedures.
  • Participates and coordinates maintenance, marketing events, Guest Service needs, education, horticulture or other departmental needs as appropriate.
  • Assists Assistant Curator in facilitating exhibit needs and maintenance of assigned area.

Non-essential functions of the position

  • Performs other duties as assigned. Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • All criteria for eligibility for Lead Life Support Technician are assumed already met as per descriptions for Senior Life Support Technician.
  • Skill in understanding, following, and communicating complex instructions, guidelines, and procedures related to animal care and safety.
  • Exhibit strong organizational skills. Physical Demands
  • Required to walk, sit and stand for periods of time.
  • Ability to push, lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel and move intermittently throughout the day.

Work Environment

  • Indoor/Outdoor.
  • Driving around the Oklahoma City area throughout the year.
  • Exposure to fumes, odors, dust, moving mechanical parts and vehicles, on an occasional basis.
  • Noise level is usually moderate, with occasional increases due to close proximity to mechanical equipment.
  • Exposure to external environmental conditions, such as heat, cold, rain, snow and ice.
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous animals.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and/or weekends and holidays and during emergency situations such as dictated by weather.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least one year operating LSS and or building mechanical systems experience
  • SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized organization preferred
  • Aquatic Animal Life Support Operator 1 license preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency operating ozone and automated control systems.
  • OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed in this job description.
  • Ability to pass annual TB tests.

This is your opportunity to be a part of a distinguished and advancing organization in a remarkable area. Please send cover letter, resume and references to: Human Resources Department, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, 2101 N.E. 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or email

The Oklahoma City Zoo has a Smoke-Free Environment, is a Drug-Free Workplace, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

First consideration given to applicants that apply by 6/25/2019.

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