Operations Manager, Heal The Bay

2017-12-13T07:54:00+00:00 December 13, 2017|

Operations Manager

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater L.A. safe, healthy and clean. Progress toward the mission is achieved by effectively combining the use of science, advocacy, community outreach, and public education to create positive change in our local environment. Heal the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce.

 Position Summary: 

Heal the Bay is seeking a qualified and passionate Operations Manager responsible for the operations and maintenance of aquaria exhibits, animal care, life support systems, scientific collections program, and general facility maintenance at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The person will manage the exhibits, tanks and life support equipment; the collection and husbandry of specimens; and other duties related to aquarium operations. The position is full time. This position reports directly to the Aquarium Director and will play a key leadership role in the day-to-day operations, including oversight of interns and naturalists.


  • Maintain aquarium exhibits, holdings, water quality, and life support systems
  • Manage collection, husbandry, and care of marine fishes and invertebrates, including development of breeding programs, novel display opportunities, etc.
  • Manage the daily practical and logistical aspects of the aquarium
  • Facility maintenance including: repairs, fabrication, plumbing, maintenance, and project management
  • Participate in collection planning, and assist in development of new exhibits and support their establishment
  • Manage, track, and report on aquarium operations budget
  • Develop and implement standard operating procedures in compliance with aquarium and industry standards for best practices
  • Assist to ensure compliance with all applicable safety and security procedures and protocols
  • Work as part of the senior team to recruit, train, and manage Aquarist interns and volunteers, and advise staff
  • Operate and manage collecting activities, including boat-based surface and SCUBA collecting, as needed
  • Additional responsibilities may include assisting with Aquarium’s educational programming for students and visitors throughout L.A. County
  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as needed


  • Demonstrate commitment to Heal the Bay’s vision, mission and values
  • At least three years experience at a public aquarium in the collection and care of marine specimens and management of exhibits and life support systems
  • Experience and hands-on working knowledge of life support systems and aquarium operations infrastructure (approximately 11,000 gallon closed system), including bio tower filters, chillers, emergency power generators, raw seawater system, and protein fractionator
  • Experience with quarantine and holding protocols for aquatic animals
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural science, marine biology, environmental science and/or science related field preferred; relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Knowledge of Southern California marine flora and fauna
  • Extensive aquatic collection experience and strong swimming skills required
  • Must possess current SCUBA certification and First Aid certification, with a preference for Rescue Diver SCUBA certification (DAN Insurance required upon employment)
  • Boat handling experience in open water marine settings preferred
  • Works well both independently and as a team and able to work on several concurrent projects
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Strong communications and leadership skills, and ability to give and follow directions effectively
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs. and able to work in Aquarium back areas which requires climbing and crawling under and around life support systems plumbing and tanks
  • Valid driver’s license required and auto insurance
  • All applicants must pass a background check

Salary: $60,000 – $70,000 annually, plus benefits (medical, dental, vision). A retirement option is available after one year of employment.

Hours: Full time. Position may involve work on weekends and evenings, as needed.

Please submit resume and cover letter online at www.healthebay.org/jobs. Heal the Bay is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits to promote diversity in our workforce.

For more information and to apply, click here: https://healthebay.org/our-openings/