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.
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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.
Posted as a courtesy only; please do not contact me about this position—Dida
We are a small 501c3 nonprofit group based in San Diego, California, called Ocean Sanctuaries. One of our main focuses is promoting and supporting ocean-related citizen science projects.
Currently, we are running two shark monitoring projects, one in partnership with National Geographic, called ‘Sharks of California,’ and the second one is a long term, baseline population dynamics study of the sevengill shark (Notorynchus cepedianus) in the San Diego area, called the Sevengill Shark ID Project.
Currently, we are looking for a Principle Investigator (PI) for our sevengill Shark ID Project. Since this is a citizen science project and not one associated with any professional academic or marine science institute, we have no specific academic requirements for our PI, other than we are looking possibly for a graduate student (or Ph.d) in Marine Science and/or Shark Biology who might be interested in donating a few hours each month to running the pattern recognition software we are using, called “Wildbook,” developed by Jason Holmberg, who developed it originally for use in identifying Whale Sharks with biologist Brad Norman. He is working closely with us as the developer.
The work would involve installing the software on his or her computer and working a few hours each month running the +/- 100 photos we have of local sevengill sharks, taken by local divers, through “Wildbook” to determine whether the same individual sharks are returning from year to year, based on the unique ‘freckling patterns’ seen in the area of the head and dorsal sides.
Since this is a long term study that has been going on since 2009, we have photographic data going back 5 years and eventually, depending on what the data shows, hope to perhaps publish our findings in an open sources scientific journal, such as PLOS. In that case, we would, of course, give full credit, to the PI for their work.
We have submitted a proposal and plan to present this project at the 2015 Citizen Science Association (CSA) Conference in February of next year in San Jose.
Please find relevant links below and thank you for taking the time to read this:
Citizen Science Project Coordinator