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Dive Safety Officer, Field Operations

Full Time, Eligible for Benefits

The Dive Safety Officer of Field Operations administers the aquarium’s scientific dive program and ensures compliance with exsisting policies and regulations. This individual plans, supervises, and manages all field diving and boating operations; determines eligibility for diver acceptance into the scientific dive program; maintains aquarium diving equipment and pressure systems; is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the aquarium vessels; oversees the training in the use of specialized diving and safety equipment; trains staff in small boating operations.


  • Establish and maintain a scientific dive safety program for the aquarium, which meets or exceeds AAUS, Coast Guard, and Cal-OSHA regulations and standards.
  • Evaluate and monitor all field diving activities to ensure compliance with the aquarium’s Dive Safety Manual.
  • Responsible for maintaining all records associated with the scientific dive program.
  • Responsible for keeping all divers apprised of their dive certificate and authorization requirements.
  • Maintain materials and manuals relevant to the aquarium’s scientific dive program.
  • Provide specialized diver training to enhance diver safety and the aquarium’s field diving capabilities (technical dive training).
  • Inspect and maintain all aquarium field diving equipment to ensure compliance with the aquarium’s Dive Safety Manual.
  • Recruit, screen, select, and train divers for the aquarium’s scientific dive program.
  • Recruit, screen, select, and train scientific divers as Lead Divers.
  • Serve as a member of the aquarium’s Diving Control Board (DCB).
  • Oversee the operation, operator training, and maintenance of the aquarium vessels.
  • Oversee and conduct AAUS scientific diver training classes.
  • Oversee and coordinate the involvement of scientific divers in AoP/MCRI-approved collection, research and conservation activities.


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.

  • Active-status nationally recognized certification at the following levels: open water and technical SCUBA instructor or higher.
  • AAUS Scientific Diver, and must be able to complete the AAUS Dive Safety Officer training and AAUS Scientific Diver Instructor training within 1 year from hiring date.
  • Current CPR, O2 Provider, FA and AED instructor certification.
  • A minimum of 5 years as an active AAUS Scientific Diver with field experience.
  • Meet the physical fitness standards for divers (including a complete physical examination) in accordance with the standards set forth by the aquarium.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must possess strong leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Complete the California safe boating and waterways exam within 90 days of hire.
  • Must be able to complete MOTC Instructor Training within 1 year of hire date.
  • Effective interpersonal skills for dealing with all staff members
  • Familiarity with marine fish species in the aquarium’s collection.
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 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, crawl, twist
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 0-75lbs
  • Ability to pull and push up to 0-100lbs
  • 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 successfully pass Aquarium Dive certification requirements
  • Ability to enter/exit water from boats, ladders and platforms
  • Ability to perform rescues on other divers


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 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

Interested and 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 HireSelect:

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

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.