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Dive Officer 1 - California Academy of Sciences

Posted: Monday,
November 14 2022

Location: San Francisco, California

Job Description

The Dive Officer I (DO I) is a member of the Dive Operations (Dive Ops) team and reports to the Diving Safety Officer (DSO).  Dive Ops works to implement dive safety procedures and guidelines per the California Academy of Sciences (Academy) Dive Safety Manual (DSM) to ensure the safe conduct of dive operations at the Steinhart Aquarium (Aquarium) and in the field.  A DO I possesses diving knowledge and skill base, including diving technology and aquarium and research diving techniques spanning the reach of the Academy’s dive program.  The DO I is qualified to perform aspects of the Aquarium dive program operation.


Come join a team dedicated to the Academy’s mission, vision and values! Currently, the Academy has a new strategic plan including three initiatives – Hope for ReefsThriving California, and Islands 2030 – that leverage biodiversity science, environmental learning, and collaborative engagement to regenerate fragile ecosystems around the world. Learn more at

We hope you are inspired by what we do and are excited to contribute to our mission. The Academy is looking for candidates who do great work, and we know they may come from a number of different backgrounds and experiences. We encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet every ­one of the qualifications for the position.

The position is on-site and can change as business needs warrant. The candidate must easily be able to work on-site in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco when needed. Candidates are required to have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination, including receiving a booster shot, as a condition of employment, absent qualifying exemptions in accordance with applicable laws. Individuals receiving a conditional offer of employment from the California Academy of Sciences will be provided the full text of the vaccination policy.



  • Assist coordinating the daily Aquarium dive operations focusing on diver training, safety protocol development and refinement, and operational efficiency.  
  • Assist coordinating the recruitment, qualification, orientation, and scheduling of volunteer divers.
  • Assist coordinating the Aquarium dive equipment maintenance and parts inventory.
  • Inspect and repair diving equipment.
  • Assist with Academy diver training, dive plan approval, dive record maintenance, and DSM compliance.
  • Conduct routine audits of dive program records.
  • Conduct Aquarium diver emergency response drills.
  • Collaborate with diving staff on daily preventative and corrective maintenance of all Aquarium water-containing infrastructures.
  • Conduct emergency response training for non-diving employees.
  • Interface effectively with other departments to maintain the highest quality standards.
  • Interact with guests, media, and the public, on behalf of the Academy.
  • Take an active role in the Aquarium’s exhibit maintenance.
  • Take an active role in public programming dive show development, and participate in dive shows and special events as needed.
  • Travel internationally, as needed, to support Academy expeditions.
  • Work respectfully with a diverse team of staff, students, and volunteer divers.
  • Follow Academy diving and general safety regulations.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned.


A qualified candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Have one year of professional experience with an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) or equivalent diving program.
  • Have one year of experience in aquarium-related diving.
  • Possess active-status Scientific Diver authorization with an AAUS Organizational Member program.
  • Possess current SCUBA Instructor certification from an internationally recognized agency; NAUI preferred.
  • Possess current DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers Instructor certification.
  • Possess current regulator service technician certification; Oceanic/Hollis preferred.
  • Possess current PSI Visual Cylinder Inspector, Valve Repair Technician, and Oxygen Cylinder Cleaning Technician certifications; preferred.
  • Possess current OTS Guardian Full-Face Mask service technician certification.
  • Have experience with Reef Check Kelp Forest Program survey methodologies.
  • Experience with standard scientific diving methods; preferred.
  • Present a copy of dive training certifications, certificates, and diving log.



  • Possess the knowledge and technical and interpersonal skills to oversee all aspects of the Aquarium dive program, with the safety risks and requirements accompanying these activities.  
  • Be comfortable providing instruction, direction, and corrective feedback to program participants, including senior Academy staff, external affiliates, partners, students, and volunteers.
  • Possess a working knowledge of diving theory, safe diving practices, and equipment appropriate to the scope of the Aquarium’s dive program.
  • Possess knowledge of procedures, hazards, and safety precautions of standard scientific diving methods.
  • Have experience in Full Face Mask Surface Supplied dive operations.
  • Possess the ability to troubleshoot, repair, and service diving equipment.
  • Be proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Applications software.
  • Effectively express ideas verbally and in writing.
  • Be proficient in the safe use of hand tools and shop equipment.
  • Be able to train divers on equipment operation and maintenance needs.
  • Work efficiently and communicate with staff, volunteers, cross-functional teams, guests, and external partners from different backgrounds, identities, and experiences.
  • Possess a willingness to bring new ideas, solutions, and efficiencies to dive program processes.
  • Work collaboratively towards goals on a team, promoting a culture of trust, respect, and accountability.
  • Possess the flexibility to work on weekends and holidays.
  • Possess a California driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within three months from the date of hire.
  • Be comfortable speaking to groups.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities who meet the job’s essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, use a computer, and communicate on the phone, in person, and online meetings/calls. Must be able to transport 75 lbs. Must be able to perform repetitive motions fifty (50) percent of the time. Must pass the AAUS diving medical and swim evaluation as outlined in the Academy’s DSM.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 20, 2022 at 5pm. The hiring committee will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.