Description of Duties: The purpose of this work is to provide support and assistance regarding the maintenance of the Visitor Center Marine Life Exhibit. The marine life exhibit (MLE) requires weekly maintenance, including testing water quality, testing water exchanges, replacing filters, cleaning equipment, and tidepool cleaning. The protein skimmer reservoir must be cleaned and the bag filter must be changed out regularly to ensure that the circulation systems remain at the optimum levels. Water in the MLE must be partially emptied and replaced once a month from the system connected to the Ventura Harbor. Volunteers are available in the case of an emergency and can be reached by phone for support and assistance in troubleshooting for chiller complications, circulation disruptions, overflow of protein skimmer materials, and fluidized sand bed filter activity. At least once a year, the MLE must be completely drained, cleaned and refilled.
Time Commitment: Work will be performed as needed, on average one shift per week for 2-3 hours per shift. Volunteers will be responsible for weekly filter changes. Volunteers will occasionally be called upon with short notice when an emergency occurs and will be asked to assist if available. Time commitment varies based on knowledge of the equipment.
Work Conditions: Work will be performed at the Channel Islands National Park headquarters and visitor center. The physical labor will be mild to moderate, occasionally involving lifting objects of up to 30 pounds and bending for long periods of time. During water changes, the volunteer will spend time on the dock, coming into contact with water that may be anywhere between 50 and 65 degrees. Chemicals may be used to test water quality. You will be trained as to how to use these chemicals safely.
Knowledge/Skills/Experience: You should have prior knowledge about marine aquariums and electrical equipment. You should be aware of the parts of the life support system and how it operates, including remedies to any problems that may arise. You should have a basic understanding of marine life and their needs to survive in an aquarium environment.
Training: You will receive an orientation and safety briefing for the park and the project. You will be trained in the safe and appropriate use of aquarium cleaning supplies. You must realize your own abilities and accept full responsibility for working safely. You will also be trained on how to respond to any emergencies that might arise.