Assistant Dive Safety Officer

Organization: South Carolina Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Charleston, SC, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Join the team at Charleston's #1 Visitor Attraction located along the Pristine Charleston Harbor!


Assist in the coordination and execution of a safe aquarium dive program and assist with the care of aquatic specimens and exhibits.


• Assist with the supervision of a safe dive program for all aquarium related divers

• Acquire and maintain aquarium dive equipment for all aquarium related divers

• Develop, schedule and execute the necessary dive training and certifications needed for aquarium related dives

• Conduct rescue and safety drills

• Comply with legal dive safety requirements by studying existing and new requirements, enforcing adherence to requirements, and advising management on needed actions

• Coordinate, schedule and execute dives for the aquarium’s Great Ocean Tank, including daily shows, exhibit maintenance, animal husbandry needs, and special events

• Assist with the coordination, scheduling and execution of other aquarium dives, including other exhibit maintenance, animal husbandry needs, off-site animal collection, research, and other aquarium dive needs

• Supervise unpaid staff divers, including volunteers and interns

• Maintain professional and technical knowledge and required certifications

• Serve on the aquarium’s Dive Control Board

• Assist with the maintenance of a Dive Safety Manual

• Keep accurate records including dive training and gear repair

• Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies


• Provide periodic interaction with aquarium visitors

• Work with and supervise outside contractors

• Prepare and conduct public presentations and aquarium tours

• Contribute to the Husbandry team by providing assistance as needed

• Support the mission by participating in aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis


• Proficient in all MS Office Products including: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook

• Skilled in SCUBA equipment maintenance and repair, such as Guardian, PSI, and regulator

• Able to pass AAUS Dive Physical

• Able to pass Swim Test

• Able to pass Dive Skills Test

• Able to understand the mechanical equipment necessary for safe diving and boating

• Experience with boat handling and navigation

• Not affected by motion sickness (sea sickness) and/or able to manage motion sickness in a way that is not deleterious to job function or end result

• Able to understand the mechanical equipment necessary to maintain living exhibits

• Knowledge and demonstrated skills for minor plumbing, carpentry and electrical work

• Able to understand and assist with the proper collection and handling of live specimens

• Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis


• Minimum 60 dives

• Experience leading and supervising dives

• BS in biology, aquatic biology, or closely related field preferred

• Experience in care of aquatic animals preferred


• Professional certification (Dive Master or Instructor) from a nationally recognized SCUBA certification organization

• First Aid / CPR Certified

• Oxygen Administration Certified

• Valid driver’s license


• Volunteers and interns

Resume's should be submitted to:

Salary: Commensurate with Experience & Education