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CAS Is Recruiting A New Dive Safety Officer

The California Academy of Sciences is looking to fill “probably the best Dive Safety Officer position on the planet” (says a CAS scientist).

If you are or know a DSO, here is the full job description.

Dave Pence, Diving Safety Officer, DSO, AAUS, University of Hawaii, Dr Richard Pyle, California Academy of Sciences, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, scientific diving, rebreathers, AP Diving

Dave Pence, University of Hawaii Diving Safety Officer, kitting up for a scientific dive. One of his research divers is Dr Richard Pyle

The Diving Safety Officer (DSO) reports to the Director of Steinhart Aquarium and oversees all Academy staff and volunteer diving.

The DSO must have a broad knowledge base in all aspects of diving and diving technology that spans the reach of the Academy’s dive program, including diving for research and collections in global locations, and diving for maintenance and public programming at the Academy.

The DSO ensures the safety of SCUBA divers and the Steinhart Aquarium’s living collection, both within the facility and in the field, by implementing and enforcing diving protocols and regulations.

The DSO serves as a member of the California Academy of Sciences’ Diving Control Board (DCB), which has authority over all Academy diving.

The DSO shall be an active scientific diver, as defined by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), be a full member of the AAUS and an active underwater instructor certified by an internationally recognized agency.

The DSO supervises 2-3 full-time and on-call staff, a dive intern program, 50-75 volunteer divers, and manages departmental budgets. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Bachelors degree in biology, marine-sciences or a related field
  • Be certified as a SCUBA instructor from an internationally recognized agency with endorsements in rescue and first aid; preferred minimum of 3 years experience as an instructor.
  • Be certified as an Oxygen Administration, First Aid and CPR instructor.
  • Preferred minimum of 5 years zoo, aquarium and field scientific diving experience.
  • At least 2 years supervisory experience, including managing staff and budgets.
  • Preferred certification on Hollis Prism2 closed-circuit rebreathers, ideally with mixed-gas diluent and working dives in the 75 to 100 meter depth range.
  • Scientific diver training, including collecting, nitrox, rescue-diver, open water and surface-supplied diving.
  • Be able to train others on proper techniques, equipment maintenance and operation.
  • Proficiency with computer software such as Google apps, Microsoft office, and budget management systems
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