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