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Intern - Life Support & Water Quality

Company: Metro Parks Tacoma
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: December 5, 2019

Job Description:

Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) is a CAPRA-accredited and AZA-accredited, independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community. Metro Parks Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington. The system is comprised of many different park facilities that offer residents a variety of recreational opportunities. From waterfront access to local neighborhood parks to large regional facilities and attractions, the MPT system is both a local community asset and regional destination.OUR CORE VALUESThese eight core values will guide future decisions, business and operations, and the manner in which MPT treats staff, customers and the community:*Innovation *Excellence *Equity *Inclusiveness *Sustainability *Accountability *Safety *FunPOINT DEFIANCE ZOO AND AQUARIUMPoint Defiance Zoo & Aquarium(PDZA) is the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest. The 29-acre zoological park was established in 1905, and attracts about 700,000 visitors a year. It is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), which ensure rigorously high standards of animal welfare, veterinary care, conservation, education and more.The Zoo sits within 700-acre Point Defiance Park, offering spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. PDZA is operated by Metro Parks Tacoma, the oldest independent park district in Washington. For more information, visit www.pdza.orgINTERNSHIPThe Life Support and Water Quality internship program at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (PDZA) is designed to provide participants with practical, hands-on learning opportunities and knowledge in the field of aquarium life support and water quality. In return, the intern makes a significant contribution to the daily operation and maintenance of PDZA life support systems.The Life Support team is responsible for aquatic systems that serve a diverse collection of animals including marine mammals, warm water marine fishes and invertebrates, cold water marine fishes and invertebrates, a large marine animal holding facility that will house hammerhead sharks, eagle rays and sea turtles, and the freshwater pools in the SE Asia exhibits.The internship is designed to provide instruction in the following areas:Life Support Systems (LSS)Freshwater and marineCold and warm waterOpen and closedQuarantineLife Support EquipmentOperation and maintenanceSystem designWater Quality ParametersMaintaining water quality sensorsCleaning and calibrationMonitoring and control systemsOperating panels and softwareTroubleshooting automated control systemsDocumentation and safetyReading P&ID and spec sheetsReading and writing SOPsDaily record keepingMSDS protocolsThe Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium can provide a unique opportunity for interns to learn about maintaining and operating old, refurbished, new and planned LSS systems. PDZA has a newly opened holding facility as well as a brand new salt water aquarium with both cold and warm water species.For those interested we can also provide an opportunity to shadow the Director of Operations and learn about high level planning and all that goes into operating a Zoo and Aquarium. Additionally shadowing of other trades represented in the operations department can be arranged.

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