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.
Read more about the position here.
Reef Check California is partnering with researchers at San Diego State University to learn more about successful volunteer monitoring programs! We are asking everyone who has volunteered with us in the past 5 years to participate, whether it was just for one training or you are an active Reef Check diver. The study focuses on why people choose to volunteer and how their attitudes and behavior may change as a result of volunteering. And you can provide a very unique and important perspective, one that will be very helpful to the SDSU team.
To participate, all you need to do is participate in a 15-20 minute survey online. To complete the survey, please go to this link:
As a token of appreciation, SDSU will enter participants into a drawing for one of four $50 Amazon gift cards. We hope that you choose to participate as your experience and opinions are an important part of this study and will help us improve our programs.