Ocean Career: Monterey Bay Aquarium Dive Officer/Scientific Diving Operations

Under limited supervision, manage research based scientific field diving activities in compliance with AAUS, Cal-OSHA, Coast Guard and the Aquarium’s Diving and Boating Safety Manuals and is required to stop any diving practice deemed unsafe.

Evaluate, test, and maintain all MBA (Monterey Bay Aquarium) dive equipment used under the auspices of the Aquarium research dive program. Enforce policies and procedures that ensure the safety of all MBA research divers in the field. Plan, conduct and manage MBA research dive program operational logistics. Perform other duties as required.

Core Activities:

  • Act as DSO/Lead Diver for research based scientific field dives. Mitigate risk, conduct, and coordinate institutional response to dive emergencies.
  • Develop and conduct scientific diver training and in-water evaluations, dive related boat training, CPR, First Aid, O2, AED training, along with other specialized diving skill sets.
  • Manage the administration & operation of the MBA research dive program: Produce Job Hazard Analysis assessments, programmatic reports and evaluations, and create e-learning training modules.
  • Fill Aquarium scuba cylinders. Blend and analyze Nitrox gas mixes. Ensure the quality and purity of compressed air / Nitrox to Aquarium research divers.
  • Coordinate, conduct, and evaluate periodic field dive rescue and emergency egress drills.
  • Coordinate field dive and boat scheduling in conjunction with Conservation and Science and Animal Care staff.
  • Coordinate and conduct sub-tidal field research and organism collections in local locations.
  • Act as Designated Person In-Charge (DPIC)/dive tender for both routine and non-routine exhibit dives.
  • Coordinate and conduct the purchasing of MBA research dive and life support equipment.
  • Maintain parts inventory of all MBA dive equipment and contracts with dive equipment vendors.
  • Maintain professional knowledge base of diving industry standards, diving physiology, equipment, techniques, diving medicine and contraindications to diving.
  • Recruit and screen scientific divers.
  • Attend outside training sessions, symposiums, and trade shows to represent the MBA Dive Program.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

  • MS Degree in Biological Sciences or related field of study. Life or Social Sciences, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Detailed knowledge of OSHA, Cal OSHA/AAUS/AZA/WRSTC occupational diving regulations
  • AAUS Scientific Diving Instructor (or equivalent)
  • Working knowledge of productivity software and operating systems
  • MOCC/USCG Boating Safety Instructor (or equivalent) or USCG Captain’s license
  • Current Scuba Equipment Repair Technician certifications for equipment approved for use in MBA Dive Program
  • Excellent oral and written communication, effective interpersonal skills for dealing with staff and volunteers
  • Professional Scuba Inspectors (PSI) Fill Station Operator certification (or equivalent)
  • Nitrox Gas Blender certification
  • Advanced knowledge of the local marine species and environments
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and resources and to adapt daily work plans in a changing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams, manage volunteers, and train/mentor staff in technical subjects
  • Demonstrated commitment to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Leadership Competencies
  • Ability to work within and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium’s core values

Physical Requirements to Perform Essential Job Functions:

  • Typical office equipment, dive and life support equipment, boats, trailers, hand trucks
  • Constant sitting, standing, walking, bending
  • Occasional unassisted lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Ocean, field work, office, occasional travel

Annual Compensation Range:

$73,600–91,000 USD annually. Starting rate will vary based on previous experience and relevant skills/knowledge set./p>

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