Diving Safety Officer

Organization: NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (AZA Member)
Location: Pine Knoll Shores, NC, United States
Job or Internship: Job

**Position will function as Dive Coordinator for the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores** SALARY: $35,761-$36,871. DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Reports directly to the Director of Operations and Husbandry. Supervises and coordinates all dive planning and dives within the Aquarium and in open water. Maintains all equipment records, air compressor operation logs, dive log certifications and dive plans. Coordinates volunteer divers, including the recruitment, evaluation, testing and scheduling of volunteer divers. Validates physical and mental capacities of volunteer divers. Serves as liaison to area dive shops, clubs and organizations. Schedules volunteer divers and staff divers to maintain aquarium tanks, and to conduct educational dive programs. Oversees compliance with OSHA, AAUS, and NCA Dive Safety Manual and serves on the Aquariums’ Dive Safety Board. Operates and oversees the air-filling station and trains staff in its operation. Routinely inspects, repairs and maintains all dive equipment. Periodically updates and replaces dive equipment and gear within budget. Schedules, oversees and assists in animal dive collecting trips in coordination with the Husbandry Curator. Routinely schedules training and skill seminars for volunteer and staff divers. Weekend, evening and holiday work required. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Demonstrated experience with aquarium diving, including with large animals, collecting by SCUBA, and use of surface supply air; Demonstrated experience operating and maintaining all dive equipment and gear operating and maintaining air compressor and air-filling station; Demonstrated experience with supervising and managing a budget; Demonstrated knowledge of OSHA, Diving Industry Safety Standards, AAUS and Divers’ Alert Network; Demonstrated experience and understanding of aquatic animal husbandry and aquatic life support systems. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in a natural science field, physical science, safety management, occupational safety, marine engineering or related field and one year diving experience, including scientific diving experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Diving experience may be substituted year for year up to a maximum of two years of the formal education. NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Certification as a diving instructor from a nationally recognized organization or member of the Recreational SCUBA Training Council (PADI, SDI, SSI, YMCA, etc.), NAUI, etc. HOW TO APPLY: Applications may be filed on-line at: http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/ On-line applications must be received by 5:00pm EST on 9/04/2013 for this position (Diving Safety Officer, position #60034932). To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit. Persons eligible for veteran’s preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214. DENR uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.