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Assistant Diving Safety Officer

Part Time, 30 hours a week

The Assistant Diving Safety Officer of Aquarium Operations (ADSO) works closely with the Diving Safety Officer of Aquarium Operations to oversee and coordinate the safe diving operations inside the Aquarium and is largely responsible for the oversight of the routine daily dive operations and training of the Aquarium’s exhibit divers.

THE ASSISTANT DIVING SAFETY OFFICER RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Oversee the daily exhibit dive operations inside the Aquarium.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot the aquarium life support equipment and high-pressure systems.
  • Assist the Dive Safety Officer with the recruitment, screening and selection of divers for the aquarium’s Volunteer Diver Program.
  • Assist the Dive Safety Officer with the training of specific diver tasks.
  • Assist the Dive Safety Officer with the training of dive safety, specific aquarium equipment, and emergency procedures.
  • Dive, when needed, to assist the Aquarium divers.
  • Assist the Dive Safety Officer to maintain the dive personnel records and files.
  • Act as a liaison between the Husbandry staff and volunteer divers.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Minimum qualifications for an ADSO I

  • Be an active-status Dive Master or Instructor with a nationally recognized agency.
  • Possess current certification in CPR/AED/FA/O2 from a nationally recognized agency.
  • Experience supervising dive operations as a dive master, teaching open-water scuba classes, or equivalent experience.
  • Meet the physical fitness standards for divers (including a complete physical examination) in accordance with the standards set forth by the Aquarium.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.

Minimum qualifications for an ADSO II

  • Must possess all of the qualifications required of an ADSO I.
  • A total of two years working in an aquarium or zoo dive safety program.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in all AoP underwater dive show presentations and husbandry feeds.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the use of all underwater power tools.
  • Consistently trains new divers in all required curriculum to the satisfaction of the DSO.
  • Can identify and correct unsafe diving practices to the satisfaction of the DSO.

Minimum qualifications for an ADSO III

  • Must possess all of the qualifications required of an ADSO II.
  • A total of four years working in an aquarium or zoo dive safety program.
  • Current and active scuba instructor from a nationally recognized scuba certifying agency.
  • CPR / AED / BFA / Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor.
  • Trained and certified to service the Aquarium dive equipment.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in conducting dive safety drills and dive emergency management.
  • Demonstrates effective use of volunteer divers to conduct daily operations
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the maintenance and care of the Aquarium’s high-pressure gas system and equipment.
  • Demonstrates the ability to recruit, screen, and select divers for the aquarium’s Volunteer Diver Program.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

  • Must have familiarization with and be able to perform routine maintenance on scuba diving equipment, including first and second stage regulators.
  • Have an understanding of Cal-OSHA diving standards and protocols.
  • Be able to speak and give presentations before the visiting public.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Be able to demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and work with a diverse group of people including volunteers, scientists, education specialists, life support technicians, as well as aquarium guests and VIPs.
  • Must be able to recognize unsafe diving practices.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to balance bend, squat, climb, kneel, twist
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 0-75lbs
  • Ability to pull and push up to 0-75lbs
  • Full functional range of motion in all major body joints from reaching, twisting, bending, simple and power gripping, fine and gross motor skills
  • Ability to swim, SCUBA certification in dive aquarium habitats or open ocean
  • Ability to enter/exit water from boats, ladders and platforms
  • Ability to perform rescues on other divers

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to respond to unpredictable marine animals
  • Exposure to injury from animals
  • Food preparation with fish and shellfish
  • Exposure to various in temperature, humidity or wetness
  • Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways
  • Elevated platforms
  • Use of special auditory, visual, and personal protective equipment
  • Exposed to working with bio-hazards
  • Use of hand tools, machinery and company vehicles
  • Aquarium habitats and open ocean environments
  • Working around high pressure air and oxygen cylinders
  • Small vessels
  • Extended bottom times in warm and cold water
  • Diving in open ocean conditions

INTERESTED & QUALIFIED?

If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Hire Select:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the assessments.

Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. If you are among the most qualified applicants, we will contact you within two to three weeks. If you do not hear from us within that time, feel free to reapply in the future as other opportunities arise. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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