DIVE SAFETY OFFICER
Number of Vacancies:
South Padre Island, Texas
College of Sciences / School of Earth
Environmental and Marine Sciences
Scope of Job:
Responsible for overseeing the scientific diving programs training,
operation, and safety functions. To work with the scientific
community to facilitate underwater research projects and carry out
the scientific objectives of scientific diving operations safely
Description of Duties:
- Plans, implements and administers a University-wide scientific
diving safety program.
- Oversees and ensures diving activities are planned, managed and
conducted in accordance with the relevant statutory provisions,
regulations and approved codes of practice.
- Serves as a member of the University Dive Board.
- Responsible for conducting dive safety training and
documentation for all staff.
- Reviews and approves dive plans and equipment.
- Ensures compliance with UTRGV and AAUS standards for safety,
training and certification of divers.
- Manages and maintains all university owned dive and dive
- Manages dive program records and documentation.
- Works with the scientific community to facilitate underwater
- Collaborates with university faculty on the development of
- Interacts with scientists to help carry out the scientific
objectives of the diving operations safely and efficiently.
- Participates on occasion, in fieldwork that includes conducting
- Prepares reports of diving activities for management.
- Oversees scientific diving operations in the field as
- Acts, on occasion, as a backup deckhand on university owned
- Performs other duties as assigned.
General supervision from assigned supervisor.
Direct supervision of assigned staff.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
Bachelor’s degree in marine or related science from an accredited
AAUS scientific diver certification and certified as a diving
instructor by a nationally recognized diving agency (e.g., NAUI,
PADI, SDI), CPR certified.
One (1) year of diving experience and experience as a certified
diving instructor and managing SCUBA equipment with compressor
maintenance tasks for SCUBA cylinder fills. American Academy of
Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific diver certification.
AAUS scientific diver certification. Experience as a certified
diving instructor, providing instruction on scuba diving safety
procedures, managing SCUBA equipment with compressor maintenance
tasks for SCUBA cylinder fills, and following and training students
to the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) dive safety
Use of standard office/diving equipment.
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties.
Office/Marine Environment; some travel and weekend work is
required. Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or
up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of
force constantly to move objects. Hazardous Conditions - exposure
to inclement weather, rough seas, glare and extreme temperatures.
UTRGV is a distributed institution, which requires presence at
multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.
This position will be subject to a pre-employment physical. Ability
and skill necessary to: perform a variety of underwater tasks under
adverse/difficult conditions; perform demonstration quality skills
for training/instructional purposes; manage quality
assurance/quality compliance issues with institutional diving
policy; manage personnel; and understand risk management and
exposure mitigation processes. Knowledge and capability to ensure
the adherence to appropriate procedures for using and maintaining
equipment or technical instruments associated with scientific
diving operations to meet industry standards in a safe, efficient
and effective manner. Ability to coordinate and manage facilities,
equipment, supplies, and related resources in compliance with
health and safety regulations to maintain a safe working
Commensurate with Experience
Commensurate with Experience
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