Dive Officer

Organization: Texas State Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job


• Plan and direct all dive operations for TSA including open water SCUBA collection.

• Enter exhibits by use of SCUBA/surface supply equipment to clean exhibitry, provide animal care, and/or feed animals.

• Implement and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for diving.

• Serve as the Chair of the Dive Control Board, and initiate policies and procedures set forth by the DCB.

• Develop and execute Aquarium safety drills for related functions.

• Oversee the training of Animal Husbandry staff in CPR, first aid, oxygen administration, AED operation, and emergency drills. Act as backup instructor for TSA staff certification classes.

• Member of the Aquarium’s Safety Committee.

• Enforce compliance with policies and procedures including counseling and disciplinary actions for direct reports and dive volunteers.

• Recruit, train, schedule, and annually evaluate volunteer divers.

• Oversee purchasing and inventory of dive equipment and supplies.

• Adhere to all governmental, AZA and OSHA policies regarding diving and safety activities.

• Assists with planning and managing the annual departmental budget.

• Comply with all safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe work practices to supervisor and / or Human Resources.

• Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge and skills.

• Provide exceptional guest service.

• Abide by and enforce all policies and procedures outlined in the employee handbook.

• Abide by and enforce all TSA Volunteer Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Volunteer Manual.

• Abide by and enforce all policies and procedures outlined in the Animal Husbandry Standard Operating Procedures.


• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financials reports, and legal documents.

• Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.

• Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.

• Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and or board of directors.

• Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.

• Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

• Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

• Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail, record keeping, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.

• Ability to Prioritize, organize, and delegate assignments

• Extensive knowledge of diving-related biology, physics, and physiology.

• Extensive knowledge of aquarium diving.

• Extensive knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions in Aquarium operations.

• Ability to lead and manage the staff and volunteers.

• Extensive knowledge of AZA, OSHA, and USDA/APHIS regulations and standards.

• Ability to develop annual departmental goals and budget.

• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to give and to follow complex instructions both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to work evenings, weekends, holidays as required, including the ability to work a rotating shift as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field from a four-year college or university; a minimum of three years of professional experience working in aquariums and two years of experience as a supervisor in an aquarium/zoological institution; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Valid Texas Driver’s License with insurable driving record

First Aid, CPR, AED

Scuba Certification

Ability to acquire a Dive Instructor Certification within 24 months of employment

Certification to instruct CPR, first aid, oxygen administration, and AED operation


Personal computer

Cyber Train

EWS Timekeeping

Water quality monitoring equipment

Microsoft Office

Cyber Recruiter

SCUBA Equipment

Hand and Power Tools

Husbandry equipment

Power washer


Aquatic Animal Collecting Equipment

First Aid Equipment

Pool pumps/vacuums

Underwater Power Washer

Under water pool scrubber


• Heavy physical activity performing strenuous daily activities of a primarily product / technical nature.

• Manual dexterity sufficient to reach / handle items, works with fingers, and perceived attributes of objects and materials.

• Work Schedule – Regular – regular / normal work hours and days assigned with evening and weekend work required.

• Minimal travel generally within a 30 mile radius.

• Occasional overnight travel by land or air – up to 20%

• Vision Requirements: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Distance Vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Peripheral vision (Ability to observe an area that may be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), Ability to adjust focus (Ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

• Job is generally performed in well lighted, heated and or air-conditioned indoor office / production setting with adequate ventilation

• Job is generally performed around Loud (large crowds, equipment)

• Subject to bites and scratches by animals and exposure to zoonotic disease.

• Diving is performed in water (approximately 72 F degrees) under strenuous conditions.