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Water Safety Officer

MarineQuest Water Safety Officer (1 position)

The MarineQuest water safety officer is responsible for ensuring the safety of certain water-based activities for students ages 14–17. The WSO oversees and/or participates in activities ranging from scuba diving, advanced snorkeling and/or kayaking. The WSO will be required to enforce safety regulations and put safety above all other priorities. Each trip will include a maximum of 20 students and two additional MarineQuest staff.

  1. Supervise participants, staff, and contracted vendors for safety compliance on land, water, and boats
  2. Active participation in SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and/or kayaking activities (for safety observation purposes)
  3. Provide “hands-on, feet-wet” instruction for campers age 14-17
  4. Enforce MarineQuest and UNCW safety regulations
  5. Report safety incidents, concerns, and/or observations to program director
  6. Provide first aid to participants
  7. Behavior management
  8. Occasional clean up and maintenance of certain MarineQuest equipment (kayaks, snorkel gear, but not SCUBA gear)
  9. Ensure MarineQuest policies, safety expectations, and staffing ratios are carried out at all times
  1. Lifeguard Certification is required
  2. CPR/First Aid certification is required
  3. Divemaster or higher level SCUBA certification is required (scientific diving experience a plus).
  4. Must be at least 21 and have a valid driver’s license
  5. Must be able to participate in demanding outdoor learning experiences (rain or shine), including by boat and in potentially semi-rough seas.
  6. Must have strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with campers, staff, and contracted vendors
  7. Must demonstrate initiative and leadership qualities
  8. Must have desire to work with teens
  9. Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  10. Must have previous scuba diving experience: a minimum of 50 open water dives with at least 12 dives in the past 12 months
  11. Must be comfortable working with campers in and under the water
  12. Knowledge of local marine habitats and boating experience a plus
Terms of Employment:
  1. June 16 through August 2, Monday through Friday
  2. Training during the week of June 9 through June 16
  3. Average work week is 30 hours (up to 40 hours depending on weekly program needs); occasional evening work required
  4. Pay rate starts at $10.00/hr, dependent on qualifications
  5. Lunch/Dinner provided while actively working on dive charters
  6. Employment is subject to a criminal and Homeland Security background check

Application to apply for this position coming soon! If interested in this particular position please contact Janie McAuliffe.

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