Job Title: Aquatic Life Support Systems & Fleet Manager
Reports to: Chief Infrastructure Officer
Salary Range: CI$62,508 - CI$84,036 per annum.
To ensure that all aquatic life support and freshwater pool treatment systems infrastructure are efficiently operated and maintained. These include the Aquatic Life Support System (ALSS), 1.3M gal Saltwater Lagoon, 300,000 gal Fresh Water Lagoon and the Main Seaside Pumping Station Building and ALL of its pumps. Seaside Main Pumping Station which supplies saltwater to ALL Aquatic features which in turn is responsible for their pristine habitat. This position also works very closely with many other departments ensuring to facilitate the every changing requirements of venues and animals’ demands. Pool Cleaning of the 1.3M gal saltwater lagoon supporting the huge expectancies with water quality, sanitization meeting all safety standards including reporting to Water Authority. Also ensuring the operations of the Main Support Generators, Aviary Support Generator to include the annual overall inspections and management with OfReg, maintaining and scheduling the maintenance of ALL CTC’s vehicles, ALSS and its infrastructure to ensure safety of all who visit and work at Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter (CTC) as well as the animals in CTC’s care.
The Aquatic Live Support System infrastructure includes, but is not limited to:
- The Seaside Pumping Station and Breeding Pond Pumping Station consisting of four vertical axial pumps with a pumping capacity of 20 million gallons per day and associated pneumatically actuated valves, four centrifugal emergency backup pumps, associated piping and valves to all the turtle tanks and eight electromagnetic flowmeters.
- The 40 million gallon per day Saltwater Lagoon/Predator Reef water conveyance system throughout the park, and water treatment system consisting of primary screening, pumping, twenty 12 ft diameter high rate vertical sand filters, Ozone disinfection system, Ozone Fractionators, and the Freshwater Lagoon water conveyance and treatment system.
- The 4 million gallon per day freshwater pool water conveyance and treatment system including all associated pumps, piping, valves, actuators and waterfall/waterslide pumps.
- Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System that monitors inline sensors (e.g. flow rate, oxidation reduction potential, salinity, pump hertz (speed), valve position, etc) and uses sensor outputs and programmed logic through networked data communications and a graphical user interfaces for high-level supervision of all machines, valves and processes. The graphical user interface enables the operator to monitor the process and issue process commands, like controller set point changes to operate the system at a high level of efficiency.
Energy costs associated with this system are the Centre’s second highest cost (>CI$1 million per year) and efficient operation is paramount to Centre profitability.
The Crew Member in this role will be required to operate at both an operational and strategic level of leadership. Here at the Centre, safety is top priority. This position will be responsible for maintaining and operating all infrastructure and Park vehicles. As stated, Energy is our second highest expenditure at the Centre and optimal operation of all systems will improve Centre profitability. In addition, equipment/systems/animals at the Centre represent a multi-million-dollar capital investment by Government that must be operated and maintained to the highest of standards.
Providing expertise and daily coordination for the management of this Departmentof all mechanical, electrical, plumbing facilities associated with the ALSS and Seaside Pumping Station (SPS) and associated infrastructure. This includes managing ALL pumps and saltwater distribution supply lines to ALL turtle tanks and tank drains while at times working along with the Buildings and Grounds Manager performing site inspections of saltwater supply lines park-wide daily. Creating reports three days per week to include assignments for projects, ensuring the safety of all animals and guests including fellow crew members. Training other crew members on the ALSS to ensure full coverage for monitoring the ALSS operations, while ensuring safety, technical competence, and compliance with all current codes and criteria.
Essential Skills, Experience and Knowledge:
- Must have over 10yrs working with a sophisticated modular controlled systems with biological background in water quality management due to Aquatic Life Management
- Must have experiences with Large Saltwater Aquariums to understand the complexity of ensuring a stable and health infrastructure for all Aquatic Life
- Professional Engineering license (or equivalent) preferred Or over 10 years working with in a similar responsibility.
- Procurement Policies compliance for overseeing all major repairs to include CAPEX Projects
- General proficiency and several years of hands-on experience in systems comprising the following areas: engineering, structural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical. A concentration of experience and a professional licence, if applicable, in one of the above is preferred. Licensed Professional Engineer (or international equivalent) preferred.
- 10+ years of Electrical Certifications to include 480Volts 3 phase
- Mastery of pumping principals regarding head loss, motor hertz, variable frequency drives (VFDs) and amperes.
- Knowledge of the relationship between ampere draw, packing, flowrate and impellor condition.
- Knowledge of the relationship of head loss, hertz, amperes and power consumption.
- Knowledge of the working principles of protein fractionators and their operation preferred.
- Knowledge and experience working with motor operated valve actuators. Electrical and pneumatic experience preferred.
- Experience working with sand filtration systems, high-rate vertical sand media filters preferred.
- Knowledgeable of water chemistry relative to oxidation reduction potential (ORP), dissolved oxygen (DO), pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended solids.
- Experience maintaining/calibrating in-line meters such as ORP, flow, and temperature.
- The ability to rationally and rapidly diagnose critical system failures and rapidly implement both short and long term remedies.
- Knowledge and experience with Industry Standard Practices for safety.
- Knowledge of computer logic and how it is utilized to control systems (e.g. ladder logic), preferred.
- Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and drainage, and building systems in houses, buildings, swimming pools, or other aquatic structures. Knowledge of principles of electricity, electrical circuits, electronic equipment, machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance within this Department.
- Proficiency with Procurement on all levels in accordance with Government Procurement Regulation.
- Experience with preparation and management of Departmental Budget.
- Ability to utilize an automated inventory system.
- Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook; also in time keeping systems and the Company’s procurement systems.
- The ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
- Oversight of safe and efficient operation and maintenance of all equipment/infrastructure associated with the Seaside Pumping Station and Breeding Pond Pumping Station consisting of four vertical axial pumps with a pumping capacity of 20 million gallons per day and associated pneumatically actuated valves, four centrifugal emergency backup pumps, associated piping and valves to all the turtle tanks and eight electromagnetic flowmeters. As well as the 40 million gallon per day Saltwater Lagoon/Predator Reef water conveyance system throughout the Park, and water treatment system consisting of primary screening, pumping, twenty 12 ft diameter high rate vertical sand filters, Ozone disinfection system, Ozone Fractionators, and the Freshwater Lagoon water conveyance and treatment system.
- Managing the Ozone Injection systems ensuring the well being of all life of which the Saltwater and Predator Lagoon supports.
- Daily monitoring of electrical consumption to detect anomalies. Make modifications to process variables or equipment to bring consumption back to normal levels.
- Make process improvements through innovation wherever possible.
- Oversees the Aquatics Park to include the Seaside Pumping Station, ALSS, and other areas/departments requiring assistance with Hurricane Preparedness.
- To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
- Negotiating equipment procurement, construction and maintenance procurement and monitoring vendor performance.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Training and development for employees future advancement when possible. This includes training on the operation of the ALSS system as well as the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, hydrology, electricity where applicable.
- Develops daily reports and reports of failed or failing equipment. Immediately notifies Chief Infrastructure Officer of critical failures that may impact Park operations.
- Maintains the records of operation and maintenance (service/parts) for all Departmental equipment/infrastructure.
- Monitors the ALSS 24/7 repairing and resetting any faults reported by the system. This includes the other supporting crew, working together ensuring continuity within the group and maintaining reports of ALL faults.
- Monitors and maintains all seaside pumps or delegates this task. This includes the diesel stand-by emergency pumps, servicing and maintaining service records ensuring equipment is always fully operational.
- Manages and monitors ALL Saltwater Distribution to ALL turtle tanks and drains on a daily basis.
- Manages and maintains Seaside Pumping Station during inclement weather, or delegates this task, which also reflects on the constant management of ALL Saltwater Distribution Lines.
- Oversees the Department’s responsibilities during inclement weather or delegates this task. This includes lightning storms, northwesters and hurricanes, overseeing the safety and maintenance of ALL equipment - both Seaside and Landside operations.
- Works with the CIO on overseeing major equipment procurements and installations, compliant with relevant legislation as well as SOPs.
Projects and Other Information:
- Evaluates issues and options regarding infrastructure and makes cost-effective recommendations.
- Works along with the Lead Aquarist with regards to water testing while adjusting the ALSS and its counterparts to aid in reducing and controlling algae and maintaining high water quality in the saltwater lagoon systems.
- Ability to process computer data: must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook; also in time-keeping systems and the Company’s procurement systems.
- Working with the Government’s Procurement policies, including Bonfire, when seeking valued projects.
- Consistently applies CTC brand values and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in all activities and communications with internal and external customers.
- Studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency of subordinates. This includes daily assignments with onsite inspections post crew members completing assignments.
Written and Oral Instructions:
- Assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness and conformance to policies, procedures and applicable codes.
- Performs related duties or responsibilities, as assigned or requested.
- Manages and maintains servicing, inspections and relicensing of ALL CTC’s vehicle fleet.
- Responsible for the invoicing of ALL gas vouchers; maintains receipts for all transactions.
- Administers and ensures that all works are performed in a safe manner with safety harnesses, hard hats and other protective gear where applicable.
- Ensures the Park is maintained with the safety standards of all applicable regulations.
- Evaluates reported maintenance problems and performs repairs or orders repairs as needed.
- Remains flexible regarding changes in job tasks according to unanticipated maintenance needs and emergencies.
- Responsible for suggesting methods to improve area operations, processes, efficiency and service to both internal and external customers.
- Oversees maintenance, improvements, and long-term planning and development of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems for this Department and its infrastructure,
- Maintains copies of important documents for company files, such as contracts, warranties and receipts.
- Maintains a favourable working relationship with all employees to promote a cooperative and harmonious working environment in order to facilitate positive employee morale, productivity and continued improvement.
- Reviews ongoing performance results and identifies needs of employees. Implements coaching or mentoring partnerships as appropriate.
- Assists subordinates in performing duties, as needed.
- Adjusts errors and resolves complaints.
- Prepares composite reports from individual reports of subordinates.
- Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules and expedites workflow.
- Manages the operational support of park events.
- Is authorized to use the Company’s vehicle when on call 24/7 (when needed and has been authorized by CIO).
- Monitors and maintains records for diesel storage, also for the fuel levels within the emergency generators to include working along with OfReg ensuring that CTC maintains the expected standard compliance with local Authorities.
- Works with Corporate Electric and maintains servicing of the Main Generator, to include but not limited to the Aviary Generator, ensuring maintenance is scheduled.
- Should have excellent problem solving skills.
- Ensures that the Company’s seawater pumping station, Aquatic Life Support System (ALSS), seawater distribution systems, seawater tanks, and seawater outflow systems are well maintained, functioning reliably and efficiently to ensure optimal water quality.
- Works with the CIO on overseeing major equipment procurements and installations, compliant with relevant legislation as well as SOPs.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills:
- Must possess high communication and interpersonal skills for interacting and networking with customers, suppliers, licensing and regulatory agencies.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in the English language when engaging with all levels of staff, clients and guests.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a senior leadership role.
- Ability to motivate, influence and encourage staff.
- Ability to analyze and interpret data at a high level for quick decision-making and forecasting.
- Pleasant and engaging personality
- Ability to work under stress and to meet deadlines
The Aquatic Life Support Systems (ALSS) & Fleet Manager also ensures that the employees are working as expected, on a daily basis, and in case of inefficiencies; he or she has the right to address disciplinary and/or performance issues according to company policy. Prepares warning letters and communicates effectively with employees on warnings and makes effective/appropriate decisions relative to corrective action as required.
Performing the tasks and requirements of this position has a wide-ranging impact on operations, Aquatic Life responsibilities of turtles and various species of fish, costs, revenue opportunities, public image, employee engagement, crew member and customer safety and satisfaction, and overall success throughout the Company. This department accounts for the majority of the Company’s annual capital expenditure, utilities (Caribbean Utilities & Cayman Water Company) and maintenance costs, so this role is vital in its impact on the Company’s survival and financial success.
This position requires a high degree of creativity in developing solutions and sourcing alternative options for problems that might frequently occur. A high level of reasoning, planning and interpretive skill is required.
Responsibility for Financial/Material Resources:
This position requires a high responsibility for financial and/or material resources, however, the cost of errors might result in moderate damage, waste, financial loss or liability. The crew member will need to be accountable for all supplies and inventory resources when in possession with any of these resources.
Department and Leadership of Others:
Direct reports are:
- Aquatic Life Support Systems & Fleet Supervisor
- Aquatic Life Support Systems & Fleet Technicians
- Part-time crew members
- Pool Cleaning Department
ALL requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required for this post.
Physical demands and work environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical demands: while performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, swim; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear; move in and out of water unaided. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Specific vision abilities required by the job:
- includes close vision, distance vision, colour vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Work environment: Much of this work will be outdoors and occasionally in inclement weather. This role routinely uses standard maintenance tools and equipment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions at project sites. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud.
The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to these policies.