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University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 29, 2022


Posting Number: SRGV6230
Number of Vacancies: 1
Location: South Padre Island, Texas
Department: College of Sciences / School of Earth Environmental and Marine Sciences
FLSA: Exempt

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 and efficiently.

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 support equipment.
  • Manages dive program records and documentation.
  • Works with the scientific community to facilitate underwater research projects.
  • Collaborates with university faculty on the development of dive-related curricula.
  • 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 research dives.
  • Prepares reports of diving activities for management.
  • Oversees scientific diving operations in the field as necessary.
  • Acts, on occasion, as a backup deckhand on university owned vessels.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received:
General supervision from assigned supervisor.

Supervision Given:
Direct supervision of assigned staff.

Required Education:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

Preferred Education:
Bachelor’s degree in marine or related science from an accredited university.

AAUS scientific diver certification and certified as a diving instructor by a nationally recognized diving agency (e.g., NAUI, PADI, SDI), CPR certified.

Required Experience:
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.

Preferred Experience:
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 policies.

Use of standard office/diving equipment.

Working Conditions:
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 environment.

Physical Capabilities: N/A
Employment Category: Full-Time
Minimum Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Posted Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Position Available Date: 09/28/2022
Grant Funded Position: No
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EEO Statement:
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant, Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following: *Date of Birth *Social Security Number *Gender *Ethnicity/Race Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (956)665-8880 and/or

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

To apply, visit jeid-a182f1e39c234a479879420f6b176604

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