LSS and Facilities Technician

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is the most recognized environmental nonprofit group in LA for a reason: we have been keeping Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean for people and marine life since 1985. Using education, science, advocacy, and community action, we raise awareness and make progress with practical solutions to often complex problems. We conduct hundreds of beach and community cleanups each year, informing people about the root causes of pollution along the shorelines and in their neighborhoods. We advocate for strict water quality regulations that protect the health of both humans and the animals that call local creeks, rivers, and the Santa Monica Bay home. We operate the award-winning Heal the Bay Aquarium at the Santa Monica Pier, inspiring visitors to become stewards for the region’s most important natural resource: clean water. We also educate and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, with more than 100,000 students joining us each year for school field trips, science-based classroom presentations, and events. Learn more about us at

About the Role

Heal the Bay is looking for a part-time LSS and Facilities Technician who can support in daily operations and required maintenance needed to run Aquarium Operations. This position will report to and work under the guidance of the Associate Aquarium Director of Operations.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic and unique work environment in the Aquarium, under the Santa Monica Pier. You will be working in a small-scale Aquarium facility that has great potential for expansion, changing exhibits, and broad community impact. You will gain Aquarium and nonprofit experience and be able to work for a reputable nonprofit that has been established for over 35 years. Heal the Bay Aquarium is home to hundreds of organisms, native to the Santa Monica Bay. As Heal the Bay’s marine education facility, the aquarium strives to teach visitors about the importance of environmental stewardship and marine conservation.

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • General facility maintenance and maintenance of aquarium life support systems
  • General facility maintenance includes, but is not limited to: general building repairs, plumbing, minor electrical projects, small construction projects, and some general custodial work
  • Custodial tasks may pressure washing, graffiti abatement, and waste disposal
  • LSS maintenance includes, but is not limited to: pump repair, filtration maintenance, exhibit cleanings, and general preventative maintenance of system equipment
  • Water quality analysis
  • Maintain and implement safety standards within the guidelines of OSHA, USDA, and AZA animal welfare guidelines
  • Support in aquarium husbandry tasks, as needed
  • Respond to emergency LSS situations and is capable of being on call when urgent issues arise
  • Oversight and guidance of Operations volunteers and interns
  • Maintain daily record keeping logs and equipment maintenance logs
  • Special project(s)

Preferred Experience & Skills

  • Associates, certification in a trade, or 2-4 years of related experience.
  • 1-2 years of experience with life support systems
  • Proficiency in the safe use of hand tools and power tools
  • General knowledge and experience with light carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work desired
  • General knowledge of local marine species, habitats, and requirement of care, preferred
  • Ability to supervise and guide Intern/Volunteer team in a positive, supportive manner
  • Strong attention to detail, decision-making skills, and time management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to respectfully communicate and respect visitors and staff of all ages, ethnicities, exceptionalities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate well with a team, and also work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work in variable weather conditions and confined spaces with potential exposure to heat, wind, and inclement weather both inside the Aquarium and outdoors on the Santa Monica Pier
  • Must be at least 18 years of age


$18.00 per hour with appropriate state and federal taxes withheld. All Heal the Bay recognized holidays will be compensated at 1.5x normal pay rate in accordance with time worked.


There are no dental, medical, health insurance, or vacation benefits included as part of the employment. As per the state of CA Labor Law, the employee will be eligible to receive up to 72 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year, after completing 90 days of employment.


Part-time 15-29 hours per week, but can expect an average of 25 hours based on scheduling needs. Weekends, holidays, and after-hours events are required and will be part of the regular schedule. Start date: ASAP.

How To Apply

Please email your resume to Laura Rink, Aquarium Associate Director of Operations, at with the subject line “LSS and Facilities Technician.” No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed immediately and on an ongoing basis in the order they are received. This position will be hired ASAP, and remain posted until filled.

Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.