Dive Safety Technician

JOB TITLE: Natural Science Technician    Working Title: Diving Safety Technician
VACANCY #: 60092963
DIVISION: NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
SALARY GRD/RANGE:    58    
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $13.51 hourly
APPT TYPE: Temporary
CLOSING DATE: 10/27/17
LOCATION: Dare County

*** Position will function as Diving Safety Technician ***

This is an eleven month seasonal position; hours may vary per week.  It is classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits.

Division Information:

The mission of the North Carolina Aquariums is to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. This mission is achieved by attracting, retaining and developing a world class team of professionals; providing visitors with outstanding exhibits, experiences and customer service; practicing sustainability and working to conserve aquatic environments. 

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is located in Manteo, NC and is nine miles from the Atlantic coastline in Nags Head.  The 61,000 square-foot facility overlooks the Croatan Sound and houses over 1600 animals in its collection. Over 280,000 guests visit the aquarium each year to see the largest collection of sharks in North Carolina, learn about sea turtle conservation, participate in a variety of programs, enjoy the beauty of the area, and think about how special North Carolina’s waterways are.

Description of Work:

Position responsibilities (under supervision of Diving Safety Officer) involve but are not limited to; ensure dive operation compliance with NCA Dive Program Standard Operating Procedures (OSHA/AAUS/Recreational), work independently in the absence of direct supervision, communicate effectively with others, lift and carry up to 75 lbs. during routine working conditions, pass a mandatory NCA diver medical assessment within first week of work, pass mandatory watermanship skills assessments within first week of work (400 yard swim in 12 minutes, 15 minutes of treading water, 25 yard swim underwater on one breath, and a 25 yard rescue tow of a passive swimmer), pass mandatory skin and scuba diving assessments within first week of work, routinely scuba dive up to 4 times per day in aquarium exhibits, dive under a variety of stress inducing situations, routinely dive with large elasmobranchs, maintain a valid driver's license, work weekends/holidays/and some specially planned evenings, conduct light commercial diving for exhibit and animal husbandry, conduct educational dive presentations for visitors and special events, lead guest diver programs, care for dive program equipment and facilities, keep records via hard-copy forms and digital databases, assist with submitting timely Dive Program reports, assist with balancing cost/benefit aspects of dive program operations, participate in community engagements associated with the Aquarium, assist with training and live action dive safety drills for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), assist divers in development of knowledge/skills/experience to increase and maintain safety and efficiency of diving activities, support Volunteer Dive Program, assist in the development and maintenance of aquarium run aquatic conservation programs, assist in development and maintenance of collaborative AAUS scientific diving programs and projects.

Job Requirements:

Certification as a Divemaster from a nationally recognized organization or member of the Recreational SCUBA Training Council (RSTC).

Education and Experience: 

Graduation from high school and two years of experience in natural science museum work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply: 

Mail, fax or deliver a completed PD-107 State Application for Employment to the address below by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date of the posting. 

Application are available here: https://oshr.nc.gov/document/nc-state-government-application-employment-pd-107

All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. A resume and cover letter may be submitted along with the completed state application.

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants.  Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institution. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

Shawn Harper
Diving Safety Officer
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Fax: 252-473-1980

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