Life Support Facility Specialist II: National Institute of Health


National Institute of Health

Date Posted: 9/26/2023
City: Bethesda
State: Maryland
Primary Category: Operations
Type of Position: Life Support Facility Specialist II

Description & Details:

Under the direction of Project Management, the Aquatic Life Support Operator is responsible for maintaining the aquatic systems that create and sustain a livable environment for fish and other aquatic animals. This role requires a deep understanding of water chemistry, biology, and mechanical systems, as well as practical skills in maintenance and repair. The operator performs routine calibration of sensors, such as pH, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity, to ensure accurate measurements. They troubleshoot and fix issues with pumps, plumbing, and electrical components, ensuring proper function and operation of the life support equipment.

  • Adhere to established SOPs, NIH security procedures and confidentiality requirements
  • Must possess the ability to monitor environmental conditions while interpreting data trends within the aquatic system.
  • Conduct chemical water quality tests, assessing values such as pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, and apply the results to make informed decisions about necessary adjustments and maintenance.
  • Implement and maintain various types of aquatic filtration, including mechanical, biological, and chemical, and understand how they relate to the nitrogen cycle and the health of fish.
  • Must be skilled in locating and utilizing resources such as equipment manuals, technical specifications, and industry best practices to aid in problem-solving.
  • The operator actively researches and identifies opportunities for improvement, making recommendations for upgrades or changes to optimize the life support system's performance.
  •  Keep track of aquatic system components, including spare parts, tools, and consumables, ensuring they are up to standard. •Maintain an inventory record, considering priority levels, consumable rates, and expiration dates, allowing for efficient replacement and repair, preventing disruptions in the operation of the aquatic system.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor of Science degree in biology or related field from a recognized, accredited institution.
  • At least 18 months experience at an aquatics or aquaculture facility


  • AALAS Certification Preferred
  • AALSO level 1-3 certifications preferred
  • Certified Pool Operator certification preferred

Software Requirements:

  • Familiarity with the application of Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint and Excel computer programs is required.
  • Familiarity with life support monitoring software and programming.

To Apply:

Please email resumes and inquires to Katherine Schlosser (301-451-1198;


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