Assistant Manager, Dive Maintenance

Website Georgia Aquarium

Position Summary:

The Assistant Manager, Dive Maintenance, will work with a diverse team of divers in the implementation of Dive Operations tasks, procedures, and guidelines to accomplish the goals of the Dive Operations department and ensure the safety of all employees at the facility and offshore.  The Assistant Manager, Dive Maintenance will possess a broad knowledge base in all aspects of diving and diving technology.  She or he should also possess a broad technical and scientific expertise in research and research related diving.  In short, the Assistant Manager’s, Dive Maintenance, level of knowledge and diving skills should span the reach of GAI’s dive program, qualifying them to perform any aspect of program operation.

The Assistant Manager, Dive Maintenance shall:
  1. Assist the Manager, Dive Maintenance, in the conduct of the Georgia Aquarium’s dive program.  This includes the conduct of all operational diving, equipment maintenance, organization of dive records, ensuring compliance with the accepted dive operation standard and all relevant regulations.
  2. Research and prepare recommendations for presentation to the Georgia Aquarium’s Dive Control Board and sit as a member.
  3. Prepare annual audits of all dive program records pertaining to maintenance of pertinent exhibits and equipment.
  4. Prepare and submit annual reports of the aquarium’s dive operations activities as required.
  5. Assists the Manager, Dive Maintenance, with budget control and cost effectiveness.
  6. Coordinates the recruitment, training and management of GAI Dive Operations – Maintenance Divers.
  7. Oversees the operation’s divers and other diving staff/volunteers with daily, preventative, and corrective maintenance of all water-containing infrastructures.
  8. Institutes and maintains the preventative maintenance program of all dive related equipment.
  9. Maintains, inspects, and repairs diving equipment ensuring all is within the proper operating parameters in order to provide a safe working environment for divers.
  10. Maintains all dive program logs and records as needed.
  11. Maintains inventory of required parts and equipment for Dive Maintenance.
  12.  Interfaces effectively with other departments to maintain the highest quality standards.
  13.  Fosters working relationships with other institutions and organizations.
  14. As needed, interacts on behalf of the Georgia Aquarium, Inc. with guests, media, and public, etc.
  15. Performs other duties as workload necessitates.
  16. Provides and assists with specialized instruction and training of all Dive Operations personnel.
  17. Shares knowledge with others in a team environment and assists training those with lesser knowledge and experience.
  18. Adheres to and helps implement dive safety policies and procedures.
  19. Takes active leadership role in the aquarium’s exhibit maintenance and modifications of the Life Support Systems.
  20. Assists Zoological Operations and Life Support Systems staff in the repairs and performs general maintenance and repairs on boats and collection equipment.
  21. Effectively expresses ideas verbally, non-verbally, and actively listens to individuals and groups.
  22. Prepares and focuses training presentations to the characteristics and needs of the diving audience.
  23. Expresses ideas clearly and concisely in written form such as letters, reports, and other documents.
  1. High School Diploma required.
  2. Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  3. Preferred minimum of eight years’ experience in OSHA compliant working diving.
  4. Preferred minimum of four years’ experience in aquarium-related diving and/or scientific diving.
  5. Be proficient in the proper use of hand tools and shop equipment.
  6. Be proficient in metal and PVC fabrication.
  7. Be proficient in the proper use of underwater hydraulic scrubbing equipment, vacuums, lifting devices, and pneumatic power tools.
  8. Be proficient in acrylic polishing methods and procedures.
  9. Be able to train others on equipment operation and maintenance needs.
  10. Preferred active Scientific Diver certification as defined by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.
  11. Preferred proficiency in the use of advanced diving technologies such as mixed-gas, surface supply, confined space, diver propulsion vehicles, underwater photo and video equipment.
  12. Be certified as a SCUBA Instructor from an internationally recognized agency with endorsements in rescue and first aid.
  13. Be certified as a First Aid, CPR, and Oxygen Administration Instructor; DAN preferred.
  14. Hold certifications as a Scuba Pro, Interspiro, OTS Guardian, Gorski, oxygen service technician, and PSI cylinder inspector, or the ability to obtain required certifications based on course offerings.
  15. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products.
  16. Georgia CDL, or the ability to obtain one within 6 months from the date of hire.
  17. Valid passport, or the ability to obtain one within 6 months from the date of hire.
  18. Present evidence of all dive training and diving history.
  19. Pass Georgia Aquarium’s Written Dive Knowledge Exam (minimum score of 80%).
  20. Pass Georgia Aquarium’s Dive Physical.
  21. Pass Georgia Aquarium’s Swim Test.
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 occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

In addition, the daily physical requirements specific to the Assistant Manager, Dive Maintenance may include:

  • Typing on a computer keyboard
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Walking
  • Lift and carrying in loads excess of 50 pounds 100 feet
  • Ability to travel (car) as needed
  • Ability to travel (air) as needed
  • Ability to travel (boat) as needed
  • Ability to swim
  • Ability to use SCUBA equipment
  • Ability to conduct field work in collection and research
  • Ability to maintain daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals

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