California Academy of Sciences (SF): Dive Operations Coordinator

Posted as a courtesy only. Closes Mar. 28. Please do not contact me about this position–Dida

The Dive Operations Coordinator will work with a diverse team of divers to meet the needs of the Aquarium’s daily dive operations. S/he should possess a broad level of knowledge in diving and diving technology. S/he should also possess a broad technical and scientific expertise in aquarium and research related diving. In short, the Dive Operations Coordinator level of knowledge and diving skills should span the reach of the California Academy of Sciences’ dive program, qualifying them to perform any aspect of program operation.  This is a temporary, part time position with expected duration through June 2014.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The Dive Operations Coordinator shall:

  • Assist the Manager and Assistant Dive Safety Officers in the conduct of the California Academy of Sciences’ daily dive operations
  • Prepare monthly audits of all dive program records pertaining to safety and instructional standards
  • Assist the Manager and Assistant Dive Safety Officers with budget, control, and cost effectiveness
  • Assist with maintenance of all dive program logs and records as needed
  • Interface effectively with other departments to maintain the highest quality standards
  • As needed, interact on behalf of the California Academy of Sciences with guests, media, and public, etc
  • Perform other duties as workload necessitates
  • Assist with maintenance of the Volunteer Dive Program, interface with other departments to ensure satisfactory program management
  • Adhere to and help implement dive safety policies and procedures
  • Assist with maintenance, inspection, and repair dive equipment ensuring all is within the proper operating parameters to provide a safe working environment for the divers
  • Take active leadership role in the aquarium’s exhibit maintenance
  • Take active leadership role in public programming dive show development and participate in dive shows and special events as needed
  • Effectively express ideas verbally, non-verbally, and actively listen to individuals and groups; prepare and focus training presentations to the characteristics and needs of the diving audience; express ideas clearly and concisely in written form, through memoranda, letters, reports, and other documents
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree in oceanography, biology, or related field which utilizes scientific diving; or equivalent education/training or experience
  • Preferred minimum of two years experience in aquarium-related diving and/or scientific diving
  • Preferred dive instructor and/or dive master certification
  • Hold active Scientific Diver certification as defined by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences
  • Present evidence of all dive training and diving history


  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office and Apple software packages
  • Experience polishing acrylic underwater
  • Experience in Full Face Mask Surface Supplied dive operations
  • Have the ability to troubleshoot, repair, and service diving equipment

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals. PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions 90% of the time.

  • Divers must be able to drop off and pick up dive gear
  • Divers must be able to get to and from the exhibits
  • All divers must be able to setup or supervise setup of their SCUBA gear.
  • Divers must be able to maintain neutral buoyancy
  • Must be able to lift 40 lb. (unassisted). Bending, repetitive scrubbing motions, stooping, lifting, reaching, climbing and swimming are required
  • Must be able to work in an approximate 50 degree temperature seawater environment for up to two hours
  • All divers must be able to fulfill the job duties specified under the ‘job summary’ above

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  Please submit your cover letter and resume online at Snaphire. Note that the recruitment timeline for positions vary and depend on many factors, so it is impossible to accurately predict when a position will close. We appreciate your patience during this process. No phone calls please. The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. The California Academy of Sciences is a non-smoking facility. There is also no smoking allowed in Golden Gate Park. 

Job Details
Reference # 12334
Posted: Mar 14, 2014
Closes: Mar 28, 2014
Work type(s) Hourly on-call