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  • Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Seeks Dive Program Coordinator & Dive Safety Officer

    Updated July 9, 2019

    Salary: $17.32/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, coordinates the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden dive program, is the designated Dive Safety Officer (DSO), and participates in daily dives as part of the dive team in positions of diver, tender, and designated person in charge. 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.

    Dive Safety Officer Responsibilities:

    •    Ensures the dive program adheres to standards of all regulatory bodies.
    •    Manages the Diving Safe Practices Manual (DSPM) in conjunction with the Dive Control Board (DCB). Serves as a member of the DCB.
    •    Contributes to content, updates, and writes new protocols for the Dive Safe Practices Manual (DSPM). Approves all new dive related policies and procedures before implementation.
    •    Oversees entire dive training process and performs or coordinates all training. Acts as a role model, providing excellent leadership to all staff/volunteers and mentors those who need additional training.
    •    Manages and Maintains training & certification records for all divers (dive team, other staff, and volunteers).
    •    Prepares dive equipment maintenance reports, dive logs, certification status reports, dive schedules, diver recertification schedules, etc.
    •    Manages the dive emergency program, and in conjunction with Safety and Risk Manager and Animal Departments coordinates dive emergency exercises.


    Dive Program Coordinator Responsibilities:

    •    Assists director with coordinating the daily activities and work assignments of the dive team. Creates and maintains staffing schedule for dive technicians.
    •    Works with animal departments to create and maintain staffing schedule for all dives, this includes divers from other departments and volunteer divers.
    •    Manages diver onboarding program for dive technicians, staff divers from other departments, and volunteer divers in conjunction with curators of designated areas.
    •    Orders chemicals, supplies, parts, etc. required for operating and maintaining dive equipment.
    •    Coordinates with contractors or maintenance department as well as animal departments for contracted dive work, exhibit shut downs, and other non-standard dives.


    Dive Technician Responsibilities:

    •    Completes preventative maintenance rounds and diagnostics on dive equipment.
    •    Services, 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 Designated Person In-Charge (DPIC) for daily and special dives.
    •    Comprehends and follows Riverbanks’ Dive Safe Practices Manual (DSPM).
    •    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.
    •    Effectively interacts and communicates with supervisor/team, animal care department staff, other employees, volunteers, Riverbanks guests, and various external groups/individuals (e.g. sales representatives, contractors, etc.).
    •    Must be available for weekend duty, on-call duty, and for emergencies. Works beyond a 40/hour work week, as required. Some travel required to attend meetings, professional development opportunities or conferences (ADPA, DEMA, AZA, etc.).


    Education and Experience: High school diploma required. Associate degree or higher 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 Recreational Dive Instructor Certification from a nationally recognized organization required. A minimum of one to three years commercial diving or combined scientific diving and commercial diving experience desired. Experience as a Dive Safety Officer (DSO) or Assistant Dive Safety Officer (ADSO) desired. 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 refresher 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.
    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/

    Application Deadline: 07/22/2019

    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 July 9, 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

  • Center for Marine Resource Studies Seeks Waterfront Assistant

    Updated July 9, 2019



    The purpose of this position is to provide support in the areas of program delivery, academics, research, group dynamics, logistics, program safety, risk management and site maintenance. The position assists faculty with various research projects, including planning, data gathering, analysis and report writing. The position also assists the Diving Safety Officer and Marine Operations Coordinator in the implementation of the dive and waterfront program. This includes assisting with the safe and prudent conduct of SCUBA, snorkeling, swimming, and boating activities conducted at the Center. 


    Location:
 The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies - South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands

    

Reports to:
 Center Director 
Day to day supervision may be delegated to Dive Safety Officer, Marine Operations Coordinator, Student Affairs Manager, Faculty, and Site Managers as appropriate.

    Duties/Responsibilities:
          
    Program Support (approximately 20%)
        •    Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
        •    Participate in training activities for new center staff prior to and during the program
        •    Assist with administrative or logistical tasks such as data logging, purchasing, keeping inventories, record keeping, and routine maintenance of site and equipment as requested
        •    Participate in preparation of the Final Reports and other required reports and/or manual revisions as requested
        •    Assist with other logistical, group management and administrative tasks
        •    Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take meals with the students
        •    On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Center-specific "staff of the day" duties
        •    Take part in, and occasionally lead, Center upkeep projects, social and field activities
        •    At the request of the Center Director, serve as caretaker for Center during program breaks and center rentals
        •    At all times, work to ensure good relations between the Center and local community

    Waterfront Support (50%)
        •    Lead recreational and research snorkel and SCUBA dives
        •    Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed
        •    On a daily basis, maintain waterfront facilities, assist with operations including but not limited to filling tanks, maintaining moorings, boat maintenance, fueling boats
        •    Lead Kayak excursions
        •    Prepare SCUBA tanks and equipment for recreational and research snorkels and SCUBA dives
        •    Assist with vehicle and vessel maintenance

    Academics (30%)
        •    Assist in organizing the library, teaching aids, research materials and projects, community service projects, recreational activities, and other program activities as requested
        •    Assist students with academic and research materials and projects
        •    Organize and prepare support materials for faculty lectures and field trips including slides, photographs, charts, graphs, maps, field samples and equipment

    Student Life
        •    Help organize students to perform their required tasks in support of the residential aspects of program, e.g., food preparation, recycling efforts, center clean-ups, student committees, etc.
        •    Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in review/analysis following students' departure
        •    Participate in the orientation and re-entry components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of each program period
        •    Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline problems
        •    Monitor student morale and assist in solving daily problems at the Center
        •    Participate in community service activities

    Safety & Risk Management
        •    Adhere to, actively model, and enforce all SFS and Center policies, procedures, and rules.
        •    Participate in the review and revision of Center Risk Assessment and Management plans
        •    Recommend and review policies and procedures needed to manage risks
        •    Know the emergency procedures plan for the Center, including evacuation plan
        •    Participate in the safety portions of the on-site orientation and conduct safety briefings for students and/or staff
        •    Complete Incident Reports when appropriate and contribute to Safety Audits
        •    Ensure that first aid certifications are kept up to date via periodic courses offered by SFS between program sessions
        •    Report infractions of Center rules to the Center Director in a timely fashion
        •    Maintain the First Aid equipment and help create and document safety procedures

    Minimum Qualifications
        •    Ability to obtain Turk and Caicos Island work permit (including medical certification several months prior to arrival)
        •    BA/BS in Marine Ecology, Marine Resource Management or Marine Policy and Socio-economics
        •    Current First Aid and CPR certifications
        •    Current, active Dive Master certification, including insurance
        •    Small boat handling experience
        •    Experience organizing and facilitating groups
        •    Clean driving record and ability to operate standard transmission vehicles and boats
        •    Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and independently
        •    Demonstrated commitment to environmental issues
        •    Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field station with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate students and visiting researchers or programs
        •    Assistants must have their own SCUBA gear including service receipt for regulators
        •    Experience working with U.S. college-age students in a professional setting

    Preferred Qualifications
        •    Successful completion of an SFS or similar international residential program
        •    Basic knowledge of small boat and 2-cycle outboard engine repair
        •    Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, Access and statistical software skills
        •    In country or regional experience

    Compensation/Benefits
        •    Salary
        •    Onsite room and board
        •    Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage
        •    International Health Insurance reimbursement
        •    Travel Reimbursement for travel to and from the Center at the start and completion of contract
        •    NIB/NHIP Benefits

    To Apply:
    Submit a resume and detailed cover letter outlining relevant experience online at https://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/. References will be required upon request.
    Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Contact: Heidi Hertler, Center Director, at hhertler@fieldstudies.org



  • A Deep Blue Dive Center Seeks Dive Instructors

    Updated July 10, 2019

    A Deep Blue Dive Center is looking for a dive instructor 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.