[Coral-List] Diving Safety Officer Position

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Diving Safety Officer
Center for Marine Resource Studies
Turks & Caicos Islands

Institutional Mission:  SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences
through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore
the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems
faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the
places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing
network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental

Center Objective: The SFS Center for Marine Resource Studies (CMRS), a field
station located on South Caicos Island in TCI, is committed to providing
educational and research opportunities to visiting students while
collaborating with local stakeholders on setting the research agenda and
sharing research outcomes. We operate year-round, delivering two semester
and two summer programs. The Center strives to make a meaningful
contribution to the sustainable management of South Caicos marine resources
and ecosystems, to the better management of the terrestrial environment, and
towards the preparedness of the local community for the advent of mainstream
tourism. The Center research activities are carried out in three areas:
assessment and monitoring of marine environments and species, conservation
and management of marine resources, and socio-economic conditions for

Position Summary:  Under the general direction of the Center Director, the
Diving Safety Officer (DSO) is responsible for a variety of support duties
associated with SFS/CMRS sponsored academic and scientific activities on and
underwater in order to ensure these activities are carried out in an
effective and safe manner in accordance with SFS and CMRS specific policies.

Duties and Responsibilities:
General - The routine operational authority for the diving and waterfront
programs, including conducting training, leading dives (and snorkels),
certification, and skill assessment for activities based out of the
waterfront, in conjunction with the Marine and Operations Coordinator (MOC).
This includes, but is not limited to swimming, snorkeling,,and SCUBA diving.
This is a hands-on position and involves frequent SCUBA diving and boat

Dive & Snorkel Program Management and Training
..    Oversee and deliver the Open Water and Advanced Open water courses with
assistance from the MOC  
..    Supervise the organization of all recreational student diving and
snorkeling trips and frequently lead activities.  Ensure all dive/snorkeling
activities are recorded.  As needed, coordinate these activities with the
..    Responsible for overseeing staff diving and snorkeling skills and
providing training and skill development as needed
..    Work in coordination with MOC to ensure all staff exercise prudent
seamanship.  Facilitate training and skill development as needed
..    Management of student compliance with all waterfront policies

Safety, Risk Mitigation
..    Provide primary oversight for waterfront, boating, dive, and snorkel
safety with assistance from MOC
..    Oversee student compliance with all waterfront policies.
..    Review all field exercise risk management plans (RMPs)
..    Work with the Safety Director and Student Affairs Manager to screen all
student medical records, and reports to the Center Director with a summary
each semester.
..    Maintain all student records for mandated time periods
..    Responsible for ensuring base-site radio coverage and safety support
during all student boat activities, ensure logs are entered
..    Report all boat, scuba and waterfront related incidents to the Marine
and Operations Coordinator, SAM, and Center Director in a timely manner
using the standard 'Incident Report' form

Dive & Snorkel Equipment Management
..    Work with the MOC to ensure student crew packs are ordered and gear
packages arrive in time for student training
..    Assist MOC with cylinder servicing including visual and hydrostatic
testing as needed
..    Assist MOC with the maintenance of the Center's air compressor and
ensure breathing media is in compliance with compressed breathing air
..    Under the direction of the MOC assist with maintenance of all
waterfront equipment, including boats, compressor, SCUBA gear, mooring
systems, etc.

Management of Waterfront Interns
..    Direct supervision and coordination of Waterfront Interns on a daily
basis ensuring adequate training provided, daily duties are completed, and
academic and program functions are staffed at appropriate ratios
..    Provide training to waterfront Interns with respect to student
supervision and safety
..    Consult with MOC on waterfront operational matters that Waterfront
Interns can assist with

Program Support
..    Participate in planning activities prior to the program start and in
review/analysis following students' departure
..    Participate in preparation of the Final Reports, SFS-CMRS Dive Manual
revisions, updating SFS-CMRS waterfront policies, manual revisions, and
other required reports.
..    Participate in training activities for new center staff prior to and
during the program
..    Participate in and lead parts of the orientation and re-entry
components of the program presented to students at the beginning and end of
each program period
..    Participate and/or lead community outreach and engagement projects
..    In cooperation with other Center staff, provide day-to-day coordination
of Interns and contribute to Intern performance reviews
..    Participate in resolving group management issues and student discipline
..    As requested by the Center Director, assist with other logistical,
group management and administrative tasks

Daily Center Life
..    Live on-site for the duration of each program period and take meals
with the students
..    On a rotating basis, take responsibility for Center-specific "staff of
the day" duties
..    Take part in, and occasionally lead, Center upkeep projects, social and
field activities
..    At the request of the Center Director, serve as caretaker for Center
during program breaks and center rentals
..    Drive standard transmission vehicles and boats as needed
..    Adhere to, actively model and enforce all SFS and Center policies and
..    At all times, work to ensure good relations between the Center and
local community

Required Qualifications:
..    Active status SCUBA diving instructor's certification from a nationally
recognized agency (i.e., PADI, NAUI, BSAC)
..    First Aid/CPR instructor
..    Oxygen administration instructor
..    Extensive small boat handling experience
..    Experience in outboard engine troubleshooting and mechanics
..    Certified in visual inspection for cylinders and experience with
hydrostatic testing
..    Related experience with an academic institution
..    Experience with marine rescue and hazard identification

Preferred Qualifications:
..    Captain's License
..    Bachelor's degree (highly desirable, marine related discipline an
..    Experience in leadership (management) and personnel supervision
..    Caribbean diving experience and knowledge of marine life highly
..    Experience in group living situations
..    EMT qualified
..    Wilderness First Responder certification
..    Tank inspection capability
..    Shallow water diving experience

Other Expectations:
..    Willingness to work flexible hours and live on site at the field
station with a small team of permanent staff, groups of US undergraduate
students and visiting researchers or programs, and participate in all center
..    Represent SFS at local and international conferences.

Reports To: Center Director

Compensation:  Salary plus on-site room & board and an excellent benefits

Start Date: Late May 2018, length of contract is negotiable

To Apply: Submit a cover letter outlining relevant experiences and
addressing the qualifications and expectations stated above and resume
online at https://fieldstudies.catsone.com/careers/index.php?m=portal
derID=10350211> &a=details&jobOrderID=10350211


References will be required upon request.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

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