Life Support Systems and Facilities Technician
Sausalito, CA Life Support Systems and Facilities
Job Type
We’re Hiring! Life Support Systems and Facilities Technician

Location of Position: Marin Headlands, Sausalito, California 

Reports to: Director of Life Support Systems and Facilities

Hours: 40 hours per week. This position has rotating weekend coverage and on-call duties. 

Position Classification: This is a full-time non-exempt (hourly) position.

Benefits: Full benefits

  • Holidays
  • Sick Time
  • Vacation
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • The Marine Mammal Center offers benefits to support the emotional wellbeing of you and your loved ones (Employee Assistance Program)

Position Overview

The Life Support Systems & Facilities Technician is an integral part of the Life Support & Facilities team and will be tasked with the operation and maintenance of The Marine Mammal Center’s building and life support equipment. This position will coordinate the assignments and completion of workforce-generated work orders under the direction of the Director of Life Support Systems & Facilities.

This position works closely with other technicians on daily operations, including but not limited to filter backwashes, system line-up changes and the troubleshooting of faulty Life Support System equipment and is tasked with routine building and equipment maintenance and assists in the coordination of capital projects. This position is part of a rotating uncontrolled standby and work schedule. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Performs daily inspections and rounds on all life support systems and facility systems.
  • Operates life support and building equipment and performs routine life support/building operations such as filter backwashes, system line-up changes and water treatments. 
  • Monitors life support processes and building systems after hours through RCK alarms. 
  • Isolates, troubleshoots and coordinates the repair of faulty life support/building systems and equipment as directed.
  • Performs preventive and predictive maintenance tasks for equipment and components as directed.
  • Provides project support as needed with the construction and fabrication of new life support, building systems and exhibits. 
  • Completes workforce generated work orders.
  • Maintains inventory of needed supplies and materials.
  • Provides support to other departments during events. 
  • Willingness to support and participate in the Center’s diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, initiatives, and trainings. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • AALSO Certifications preferred. 
  • Previous Life Support Systems experience is preferred. 
  • Prior building maintenance experience is required. 
  • Degree in engineering, or aquarium science preferred and/or equivalent practical experience in a related technical field.

Physical Requirements 

  • Must be able to work a rotating work schedule covering all hours of the day and all days of the week including holidays.
  • Must be able to be on call, carry a cell phone and respond to after-hours emergencies.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 50lbs.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and stairs.
  • Must be able to work in an industrial work environment around water, high voltage electrical, rotating equipment, and in permit required confined spaces. 
  • Must be able to safely use personal protective equipment such as respirators and fall arrest equipment.
  • Must be able to maintain a valid California driver’s license with a good driving record.

Work Environment 

  • Potential exposure to zoonotic diseases.
  • Working in outdoor weather conditions and elements 60% of the time.


The Marine Mammal Center actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to the communities we serve. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive, equitable and supportive work environment.? We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. The Marine Mammal Center believes in growth and supporting our employees as best we can so they can become their best selves in and outside of work. We believe that a healthy work environment means building an inclusive culture where people can thrive together and feel supported and empowered. We believe in stretch versus constraint.


The Marine Mammal Center advances global conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.


The Marine Mammal Center is leading the field in ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue, veterinary medicine, science, and education.

For more information, please visit our “About Us” page at

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume and provide a brief description about how your experience aligns with the role.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

In your cover letter, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.).

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. The Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

Research has shown that women and people from marginalized communities apply to roles when they meet 100% of the job requirements, versus male applicants who apply if they meet an average of 60% of the requirements. If you think that your skills are transferable and can add value to this role, please apply so we can determine whether it’s a good fit.