Dive Officer I/II/Senior

Website Moody Gardens

Reports To: Dive Safety Officer   Department: LSEO
Classification: Hourly/Non-exempt   Division: Attractions

JOB SUMMARY:
The Dive Officer (DO) 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 Moody Gardens (MG) Dive Safety Manual (DSM) to ensure the safe conduct
of dive operations at the facility and in the field. A DO possesses a broad diving knowledge and
skill base to include diving technology and aquarium and research diving techniques spanning
the reach of the Moody Gardens Dive Program (MGDP). The DO is qualified to perform all
aspects of the MGDP operation and take direction from the Dive Safety Officer (DSO) to
conduct and supervise all staff, volunteer, intern and VIP diving operations at Moody Gardens.
Performs other duties as assigned.

POSITION AUTHORITY:
The incumbent is authorized to take reasonable action necessary to carry out assigned duties
and responsibilities, provided such action is consistent with position guidelines as outlined
below.

POSITION GUIDELINES:
Position guidelines include, but are not limited to, supporting the DSO in the management and
supervision of dive program operations, diver training, maintenance of dive program records
and recordkeeping, equipment compliance, recommending company and department policies
and procedures and all supervisory directives. The incumbent is expected to exercise sound,
reasonable judgment and initiative, and give high priority to accuracy and details in the
performance of job responsibilities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• Responsible for the smooth daily operation of the LSEO department dive operations,
including but not limited to supervising and coordinating staff and volunteer divers,
serving in various roles for dives, responding to emergency situations, training, and
administrative duties
• Under the direction of the DSO, responsible for timely inspection, maintenance, and
repair of all dive and dive-related equipment in accordance to the dive safety manual
and/or manufacturer’s recommendations
• Maintain accurate dive program records for maintenance and repair, divers, equipment,
and inventory
• Keep DSO, Curators and staff informed of staff issues and behaviors in addition to
animal health issues and behaviors observed in the course of dive operations
• Maintain an effective approach to promoting a strong safety culture for dive operations

POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Coordinate the daily MGDP dive operations focusing on diver training, safety protocol
development and refinement, and operational efficiency
• Inspect and repair diving equipment
• Assist with MGDP diver training, dive record maintenance, and DSM compliance
• Conduct routine audits of dive program records
• Conduct MGDP diver emergency response drills
• Collaborate with diving staff on daily preventative and corrective maintenance of all
water-containing infrastructures
• Interface effectively with other departments to maintain the highest quality standards
• Interact with guests, media, and public, etc., on behalf of the MGDP
• Take an active leadership role in the Moody Gardens’ exhibit maintenance
• Take an active leadership role in public programming dive presentation development,
and participate in dive presentations and special events as needed
• Travel internationally, as needed, to support MGDP expeditions
• Work respectfully with a diverse team of staff, students, and volunteer divers
• Follow MG diving and general safety regulations
• Conduct other duties as assigned

EDUCATION/ EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
• Baccalaureate degree; marine science-related field preferred
• Possess current leadership-level certification from an internationally recognized agency;
NAUI preferred
• Have professional experience with an American Academy of Underwater Sciences
(AAUS) or equivalent diving program
• Have experience in aquarium-related diving
• Present a copy of dive training certifications, certificates, and diving log
• Valid driver’s license
• Possess active-status Scientific Diver authorization with an AAUS Organizational Member
program preferred
• Possess current DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers Instructor certification
preferred
• 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 preferred
• One to three years professional experience working in a public zoo, aquarium or related
facility preferred
• Experience working with large, diverse groups of volunteers and staff preferred

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
• Possess the knowledge and technical and interpersonal skills to oversee all aspects of
the Moody Gardens dive program, with the safety risks and requirements accompanying
these activities
• Thorough knowledge of modern diving equipment, air compressors, safety devices and
their operation, repair, and routine maintenance
• Possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills and a proactive approach to job
responsibilities
• Possess comfort providing instruction, direction, and corrective feedback to a range of
program participants, including senior LSEO staff, external affiliates, partners, students,
and volunteers
• Possess flexibility, innovation, decisiveness, honesty, and discretion
• Be self-motivated and similarly able to take direction.
• Be able to adapt to evolving needs of the MGDP
• Current DAN DFA Pro (or equivalent) training required, preference for current instructors
• Ability to pass AAUS-compliant dive physical and swim test
• Possess a working knowledge of diving theory, safe diving practices, and expertise in
dive equipment and technology appropriate to the scope of the MGDP
• Possess knowledge of procedures, hazards, and safety precautions of aquarium diving
• Have experience in Full Face Mask Surface Supplied dive operations
• Possess the ability to troubleshoot, repair, and service diving equipment
• Have proficiency with Microsoft Office, Apple, and Google Applications software
• Effectively express ideas verbally and actively listen when conversing
• Express ideas clearly and concisely when writing letters, reports, and other documents
• Possess experience preparing dive-specific training presentations
• Be proficient in the safe use of hand tools and shop equipment
• Be able to train others on equipment operation and maintenance needs
• Be able to work efficiently and communicate with staff, cross-functional teams, guests,
and external partners from different backgrounds, identities, and experiences
• Possess a willingness to bring new ideas, create inventive solutions and find efficiencies
to transform dive program processes
• Be able to work collaboratively towards mutual goals on a team engaged in a culture
that promotes trust, respect, and accountability
• Possess the flexibility to work on weekends and holidays routinely
• Be able to read and interpret documents such as safety procedures, operating manuals,
and maintenance instructions
• Be able to write routine reports and correspondence
• Ability to speak effectively while addressing groups or individuals

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
While performing the duties of this job the employee is required to stand for long periods of
time, as well as walk. Employee must be able to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach
with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to balance, stoop, kneel, crouch,
climb stairs, or crawl. Employee is required to frequently talk and hear. Employee must
occasionally lift or move, carry, push, or pull up to 50lb. Specific vision requirements for this
job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus. Must be able to
take directional cues directly or indirectly. No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work. The noise level in
the work environment may be loud at times. Ability to work in all weather conditions, including
occasional extreme hot or cold, and wet and/or humid conditions. Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Willingness to follow all procedures and use of personal protective equipment when necessary,
as this position can involve exposure to inclement weather, dust, potentially
dangerous/unpredictable animal species, large machinery, restraint devices, and exposure to
chemicals.

To apply for this job please visit www.moodygardens.com.