Chief Engineer (Aquarium)

The Chief Engineer’s duties will include supervision of the members of the department and assisting in maintaining, monitoring, and repairing HVAC, life support and other related systems. Performing preventative maintenance and repairs to various life support systems, sprinklers, forklifts, golf carts, and other movable equipment. Maintain, monitor and test, fire alarm systems, emergency generator system, fire pumps, and all automated equipment. The Chief Engineer must be able to keep written reports on repairs, readings as well as preventative maintenance schedules, handle payroll for the department, weekly schedules, budgeting and bid writing.

Job Description: 

Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality

  • Maintain records of rounds and all completed repairs.
  • Assist with the training of new employees.
  • Maintain equipment rounds that are done on a daily basis and be responsible for keeping records for the daily rounds.
  • Maintain all records for equipment in regards to maintenance, repairs, and life expectancy of equipment.
  • Take required continuing education classes.

Operate a financially self-sufficient collection of museums and parks

  • Create weekly departmental employee schedules- maintaining 24-hour coverage of building while limiting unnecessary overtime.
  • Assist Horticulture on repairs of the irrigation system in the park and in the building.
  • Monitor preventative maintenance, as well as repair all pumps and motors and keep records of any preventative maintenance and repairs made.
  • Monitor and oversee any repairs made to the fire alarm system and be responsible for scheduling and monitoring any and all testing of the fire alarm system. Participate with the fire alarm system and conduct regular mock drills to ensure knowledge of how the system works, how to find all of the smoke detectors, pull stations and any other piece of equipment that can cause an alarm.

Enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation

  • Maintain and monitor all life support systems and automation equipment. Maintain all pumps, motors and life support system at any remote locations. Monitor and perform preventative maintenance and repairs to all pumps and motors.
  • Keep records of any changes in set points, repairs to the system, as well as any changes in the programming
  • Maintain and monitor all automation equipment.
  • Maintain the emergency generator and any preventative maintenance as well as maintenance to this system.
  • Maintain all pumps, motors and life support system at any of our remote locations.
  • Monitor and calibrate the ozone monitors throughout the building, taking rounds on ozone monitors and recording all readings. Monitor, maintain, and repair all ozone generators in the building.

Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience

  • Develop and implement regular departmental training programs
  • Maintain all HVAC systems at remote locations and maintain and monitor all HVAC systems throughout the building and in the park. Keep records of all repairs made to the HVAC systems.
  • Remain educated on the proper use of any chemicals used within the department and for the use of MSDS information and what to do in case of a chemical emergency.
  • Use proper PPE; this will include but not limit itself to proper eye protection, proper gloves when using chemicals, ear protection, etc.
  • Participate with safety classes within the department and throughout Audubon Nature Institute.

Supervision: Engineering staff



  • 5 years experience as a Stationary Engineer
  • 2 years experience in staff or office supervision 
  • Proven experience in automated controls, centrifugal pumps, electrical and associated equipment
  • Ability to handle administration details and reports
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, efficient and cooperative relationships with employees, senior administration and vendors


  • Experience in systems operations implementation
  • Previous engineering experience in a commercial building or building organization
  • Some management experience including budgeting, expense control, and payroll           

Education:  high school diploma; Bachelors preferred.

Licensure/Certification:  1st class Engineering License with the City of New Orleans, A/C and Boilers

Software Requirements:  Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office programs, Word, Excel, Outlook

Machinery/Tools/Equipment Requirements:  Must have the ability to use mobile devices, computer, fax, scanner, phone, and copy machine, basic hand and power tools.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Very heavy work:  exerting up to 75 pounds of force occasionally, or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. 
  2. Will involve walking or standing majority of time.
  3. Sitting or standing, bending, stooping, and the ability to carry items weighing up to 75 pounds.
  4. Regular near acuity with clarity of vision at 20 inches or less required.
  5. Typical ability to collect and analyze numerical and written data and verbal information to reach logical conclusions and ability to determine the time, place and sequence of operations or actions required.
  6. Regular talking and the ability to express and exchange ideas by means of language expected.
  7. Regular hearing and the ability to perceive the nature of sounds.
  8. Constant ability to read, record, or type data quickly and accurately required

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  1. Working a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays when required.
  2. Working long hours between breaks or meals required.
  3. Ability to work under and handle stress in an appropriate manner required.
  4. May be exposed to high, medium, or low noise intensity.
  5. Constant contact with co-workers required.
  6. Affinity for animals preferred.
  7. Exposure to fluctuations in temperatures may be required.
  8. Exposure to outdoor conditions may be required.
  9. Will remain at the facility during a natural disaster or emergency situation, as this position is designated storm rider.

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