EYE TO EYE SHARK DIVE PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Posted as a courtesy only. Please do no not contact me about this position.—Dida
Metro Parks Tacoma Employment Opportunity
POINT DEFIANCE ZOO & AQUARIUM
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
HOURLY WAGE: $12.00 per hour
HOURS: Part time position. Hours and days per week may vary and may include weekends
SUPERVISOR: Craig Standridge
CLASSIFICATION: This position is classified as a parttime/seasonal position and is not eligible for health benefits or paid leave. Enrollment in the WA state retirement system may be mandatory. This position is an at-will position with no written or implied contractual agreement.
DUTIES:
Provide messaging on shark biology and conservation issues to dive program participants.
Instruct participants on the technical and safety aspects of the dive program.
Guide participants through the program safely while personalizing the experience with humor and educational information
Fill scuba cylinders in compliance with OSHA standards.
Communicate with the public, answer questions and perform narrated dive events.
Clean exposure suits, equipment & facility after each program.
Prepare the building for the next dive.
Assist participants with sizing and if need be fitting into exposure suits.
Film, edit and duplicate DVD’s of the dive. Other duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Must be certified by a nationally recognized scuba organization to the level of rescue.
Must have logged a minimum of 50 dives in Washington or a similar cold water environment.
Must be able to pass the scientific diving requirements of PDZA.
Dive equipment technician or equivalent skills preferred.
Full face mask use and technician certification preferred.
Excellent communication and interpretation skills.
Must be able to lead any dive accident or participant emergency.
Education in the natural sciences, education or related field or equivalent experience.
Experience delivering interpretive and formal education programs in a zoo, aquarium or museum setting
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must have valid driver’s license.
Must have the ability to obtain a valid First Aid and CPR Card within 2 months of hire.
Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
LICENSE & OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Employment is subject to a national and/or Washington State Patrol background inquiry pursuant to
Job applicants must be able to prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a job educational information.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Lifting and carrying heavy objects up to 80 pounds. Pushing, climbing, walking, kneeling and crouching to work. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate specialized equipment and tools. Must be able to move and lift dive gear. Must be able to assist visitors with gear. Must be able to fill and move scuba cylinders.
APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applicants must submit an official completed and signed Metropolitan Park District application form. Resumes received without the required application form will not be accepted. Applications can be obtained at the Metro Parks Tacoma Administration building located at 4702 S. 19th St., Tacoma, WA 98405 or by visiting the Metro Parks Tacoma web site. Applications must be mailed or submitted to Metro Parks Tacoma, 4702 S. 19St, Tacoma, WA 98405. Please do not fax or email applications.
Accommodation to participate in the job application and/or selection process for employment will be made upon request with reasonable notice. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information
SELECTION PROCESS:
Those applicants showing evidence of meeting the minimum qualifications and appraisal of experience and training may be scheduled for further review. Metro Parks may elect to give an exam to those candidates scheduled for further review. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail to permit Metro Parks to properly evaluate their qualifications and abilities as they relate to the position.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:
All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability or any other merit factor.
GENERAL INFORMATION:
Please clearly indicate the position that you are applying for on the application form. Your application will be forwarded to the appropriate hiring supervisor for the position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail to permit a proper evaluation of your qualifications and ability as they relate to
the position.
A completed and signed application form is required. A response of “see resume” will not be considered an adequate response and may eliminate you from the process. You may attach a resume, however, it is not required. The information from your resumes will not be used to determine if minimum qualifications are met.
All qualifying information must appear on the application form.
It is your responsibility to make copies of your application and/or resume if needed. Metro Parks Tacoma will not return or make copies of any items supplied for the application process.
Due to the high volume of seasonal/part-time applications received, MPT is unable to respond to every application. Applicants selected for further review of a seasonal and/or part-time position will be contacted directly by the hiring manager.
Positions may require weekend shifts and may require night shift, holiday, and overtime.
Metro Parks Tacoma is a drug and alcohol free workplace.
All positions are at-will positions, with no written or implied contractual agreement.

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