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  • Riverbanks Zoo & Garden recruiting for a Full-time Dive Technician

    Added August 26, 2019

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is currently recruiting for a Full-time Dive Technician

    Salary: $12.62/hour

    Benefits: Riverbanks Zoo offers a generous benefits package including medical insurance, paid holidays/vacation/sick time, state retirement plan, and more.

    Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

    Responsibilities: Given objectives set by the Director of Facilities Maintenance, participates in daily dives as part of the dive team. Will ensure a safe work environment, while understanding the operation and interpretation of technical dive equipment to include OTS Guardian Full Face Masks, compressors, fill stations, regulators, various communication control systems, etc. Follows USDA, DHEC, OSHA, AZA, etc. standards in all areas.

    -Completes preventative maintenance rounds and diagnostics on dive equipment.
    -Repairs and maintains Riverbanks dive equipment and facilities to include: guardian full face masks, compressors, fill stations, regulators, umbilicals, communication boxes, cylinders, etc.
    -Organizes equipment and records for daily dives, works in the role of diver, dive tender, or DPIC (Dive Person In-Charge) for daily and special dives.
    -Comprehends and follows the Riverbanks Dive Safe Practices Manual and contributes to content for revisions/updates.
    -Maintains a clean and safe work environment, while utilizing a wide array of carpentry, mechanical, plumbing, and dive repair tools and various types of machinery and equipment.
    -Prepares equipment for and participates in dive emergency exercises in various exhibits.
    -Assists in training and implementing dive safety policies and procedures. May also assist LSS Technicians with projects, as needed.
    -Prepares dive equipment maintenance reports, dive logs, certification status reports, dive schedules, diver recertification schedules, etc.
    -Effectively interacts and communicates with supervisor/team, employees, volunteers, Riverbanks guests, and various external groups/individuals (e.g. sales representatives, contractors, etc.). Collaborates with the animal care and maintenance staff to ensure the integrated delivery of LSS operation/maintenance for the safety and welfare of the animal collection.
    -Must be available for on-call/weekend duty and for emergencies. Works beyond a 40/hour work week, as required. Some travel required to attend meetings, professional development opportunities or conferences (e.g. AALSO and AZA).

    Education and Experience: High school diploma required. Associate's degree in Marine Science, Biological Sciences, or a related field preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

    -Current Divemaster certification from a nationally accredited organization required. Dive instructor certification and experience working in an AZA accredited institution preferred. Will be required to complete Riverbanks training for new divers. Will also train for necessary diving certifications (e.g. Fill Station Operator, Cylinder HAZMAT) and complete fresher training for dive program participants.


    The ideal candidate will be a safety conscious diver who is mechanically inclined. They will also enjoy working within a collaborative environment and be a team player. Must be organized, detail oriented, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a very high standard for service. Will be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and possess thorough knowledge of current computer applications to include MS Office Suite. Must be able to pass a dive medical evaluation and be able to lift and carry up to 70 lbs. repeatedly. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver's license.

    To Apply: Please submit your application via the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden website: http://www.riverbanks.org/join-our-team/

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers an exciting work environment and many perks for our employees. Please visit www.riverbanks.org for more information.
    Riverbanks Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Riverbanks Zoo & Garden searching for Life Support Systems Technician

    Added August 28, 2019

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is currently recruiting for a Full-time Life Support Systems Technician

    Salary: $13.22/hour

    Benefits: Riverbanks Zoo offers a generous benefits package including medical insurance, paid holidays/vacation/sick time, state retirement plan, and more.

    Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

    Responsibilities: Given objectives set by the Director of Facilities Maintenance, is responsible for operating, repairing, and maintaining Riverbanks LSS equipment, structures and facilities. Will ensure a safe work environment, while understanding the operation and interpretation of technical LSS equipment. Follows USDA, DHEC, OSHA, AZA, etc. standards in all areas.

    -Conducts daily rounds of all pump rooms to inspect filters, pumps, motors, compressors, lights, fans, protein fractionators, and ozone units.
    -Completes regular preventative maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting, and repair to analytical instrumentation, probes, and mechanical equipment.
    -Maintains a clean and safe work environment, while utilizing a wide array of carpentry, mechanical, plumbing, and dive repair tools and various types of machinery and equipment.
    -Builds, repairs, remodels, and/or replaces facilities and structures in the performance of duties. Assists in building new structures and renovating and repairing existing structures. Works with contractors on designing and retrofitting spaces for LSS.
    -Routinely completes water quality diagnosing procedures and checkups using an array of analytical equipment, such as spectrophotometers, digital pH meters, gauges, etc.
    -Coordinates LSS and water quality parameters with the animal care staff to establish and maintain an environment conducive to the health and well-being of the animal collection. Communicates any water quality concerns to the Curator and Veterinary Staff.
    -Uses and maintains a centralized laboratory to perform water quality testing for the Penguin, Sea Lion, Grizzly, Otter, and Siamang exhibits. Prepares and maintains inventory, water quality logs and reports, and maintenance reports and requests.
    -Determines necessary supplies/materials needed for tasks and to maintain inventory status. Receives bids, prepares requisitions, and orders stock.
    -Serves as a member of the dive staff and participates in dive operations in positions of diver, tender, and DPIC (Dive Person In-Charge), as needed. Also participates in dive emergency exercises in various exhibits.
    -Comprehends and follows the Riverbanks Dive Safe Practices Manual and contributes to content for revisions/updates.
    -Maintains the Waterfall Junction Splash Pad and ensures all water quality parameters are within DHEC standards. Understands basic pool filtration and equipment.
    -Effectively interacts and communicates with supervisor/team, employees, volunteers, Riverbanks guests, and various external groups/individuals (e.g. sales representatives, contractors, etc.). Collaborates with the animal care and maintenance staff to ensure the
    integrated delivery of LSS operation/maintenance for the safety and welfare of the animal collection.

    Must be available for on-call/weekend duty and for emergencies. Works beyond a 40/hour work week, as required. Some travel required to attend meetings, professional development opportunities or conferences (e.g. AALSO and AZA).

    Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science, Biological Sciences or a related field required. Experience with commercial LSS equipment, water quality testing equipment, and/or pool filtration and equipment preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. AALSO Operator Level 1 desired. Open Water Dive Certification from a nationally accredited organization desired. Experience working in an AZA accredited institution preferred.

    The ideal candidate will enjoy working within a collaborative environment and be a team player. Must be organized, detail oriented, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills with a very high standard for service. Will be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and possess thorough knowledge of current computer applications to include MS Office Suite. Must be able to pass a dive medical evaluation and be able to lift and carry up to 70 lbs. repeatedly. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver’s license.

    To Apply: Please submit your application via the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden website: http://www.riverbanks.org/join-our-team/

    Riverbanks Zoo & Garden offers an exciting work environment and many perks for our employees. Please visit www.riverbanks.org for more information. Riverbanks Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Reef Encounters - Iwakuni Seeks Instructor or Divemaster

    Updated August 29, 2019

    Reef Encounters - Iwakuni, Japan, is a busy dive center located on the United States Marine Corps Air Station. Reef Encounters seeks a full-time dive instructor to work in the dive shop, teach classes and lead trips. This is a full-time job with salary plus commission on sales. Assistance with housing is available. 

    Iwakuni- Japan is located 40 minutes south of Hiroshima, and the water is chilly (11 degrees Celsius in winter to 23 degrees Celsius in summer) with low visibility. Individuals must be comfortable in these types of diving conditions. Classes are full-year round, so there are many courses but also some chances to lead both local and international trips. Training opportunities with the in-house Course Director Trainer and Tech Instructor staff also exist for interested candidates. Minimum one year commitment is needed. Due to the job being on a military base, candidates must pass a background check upon hiring. U.S. or Japanese-national preferred due to base access. Must speak fluent English. 

    Submit resumes to Doug Bennett at doug@reefencounters.org

  • A Deep Blue Dive Center Seeks Dive Instructors

    Updated August 29, 2019

    A Deep Blue Dive Center is looking for a dive instructor, Divemaster and a store employee to work full time at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters.

    Instructor Duties:

    • Guide guests on interactive snorkeling and diving tours in the aquarium's main tank.
    • Oversee snorkel excursions in the lagoon.
    • Instruct entry-level dive courses for kid's camp participants, etc.
    • Conduct scuba courses.
    • Guide certified divers.
    • Dry crew mate the boat.
    • Maintain equipment, tank fills, etc.
    • Other duties include cleaning the main aquarium tanks; maintaining the scuba and snorkel equipment; helping biologists with feeding and monitoring the fish; and conducting other necessary tasks.

    Applicants must be current with dive pro status and have own liability insurance. Must live in the Florida Keys and have own transportation. No keys disease.

    Compensation: Shift pay, plus tips for all positions.

    Please email resume with contact information to adeepbluedive@aol.com to be considered.