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Marine Operations Coordinator and Diving Safety Officer (Diving Safety Officer) - Estuary & Oce

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California, US
Closing date
Nov 30, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Marine, Administration/Operations
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*Job no:* 504883
*Work type:* Staff
*Location:* San Francisco
*Categories:* Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time

*Working Title*
Marine Operations Coordinator and Diving Safety Officer

*SF State **University*
San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus. Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Estuary & Ocean Science Center

*Appointment Type*
This is a one-year probationary position.

*Time Base*
Full-Time (1.0)

*Work Schedule*
Monday through Friday; from 8:00am to 5:00pm

*Anticipated Hiring Range*
$5,474 to $6,200 per month ($65,688 to $74,400 annually)

Salary is commensurate with experience.

*Position Summary*
Working under the general direction of the Executive Director of the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center and in close collaboration with the EOS Center Laboratory Coordinator, the Marine Operations Coordinator and Diving Safety Officer oversees the Marine Operations program and all aspects of scientific diving and boating at SFSU, serving as the scientific diving and boating safety officer (DSO). This position develops an engaging and inclusive program for: 1) training students, staff, and faculty in effective and safe conduct of scientific diving and boating; 2) supervision of scientific diving and boating activities and ensuring safe practices are followed; 3) overseeing maintenance of the small vessel fleet; 4) developing and delivering curricula related to methods of underwater research (independently and in collaboration with faculty); 5) financial planning, invoicing, and scheduling for marine operations. The marine operations coordinator and DSO supports SF State's academic and social justice goals, especially improvement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental and marine sciences, and the Center's overarching mission to connect science, society, and the sea for a healthy planet.

*Position Information*
Education, training, safety, and certification programs for SFSU Marine Operations
• Orientation and instruction of faculty, students, staff, and others in the effective and safe conduct of scientific diving and boating under the auspices of SFSU research and educational programs.
• Plans, implements, and administers a diving and boating safety program, including training, testing, and certification of scientific divers in alignment with standards set by the American Academy of Underwater Scientists (AAUS).
• Reviews and approves diving plans, maintains diving records of individuals who are carrying out academic, technical, or scientific diving under SFSU auspices, including reciprocity with other recognized scientific diving programs.
• Develops training, policies, and qualifying tests to approve SFSU faculty, staff, and students to operate motorboats and use paddle craft in scientific research and educational activities in alignment with the standards set by the Scientific Boating Safety Association (SBSA).
• Responsible for offering the Motorboat Operators Training Course (MOTC) for faculty, students, staff, affiliates, and others. Coordinates with members of SBSA to offer reciprocal support for MOTC with neighboring organizational members.
• Ensure compliance with CSU and SF State standards for training and certification of divers and boaters in addition to all applicable federal and state including OSHA.
• Manages, inspects, and oversees maintenance, including making repairs, to support safe and reliable operation of the SFSU small vessel fleet and all diving and boating safety and operational equipment.
• Tests, evaluates, and recommends the purchase of diving, boating and safety equipment by SFSU and supervises its use, and may do maintenance and, where necessary, makes minor repairs on such equipment.
• Develops inclusive and equitable curricula and instruction practices on the use of aquatic science methods and technologies used for on water and underwater research, including relevant theory and practices related to scientific diving and boating and navigation. May teach formal courses in this subject area offered through SF State University (including through the College of Extended Learning) either independently or in collaboration with SF State faculty.
Technical support for marine and aquatic science
• Assists faculty, staff, and students with planning and safe execution of field research, including deployment and retrieval of scientific equipment, involving scientific diving and boating with the support of the Aquatic Research Equipment Technician.
• Advises faculty and staff in the purchase, maintenance, and use of campus-owned or controlled boats used in academic, technical, or scientific diving and research activities.
• Advises and assists researchers and the Aquatic Research Equipment Technician in design, fabrication and use of a variety of diver and boating techniques, tools, equipment and instruments.
• May assist the research vessel captains with deck operations and deployment of scientific instruments and sample collection equipment if the Aquatic Research Equipment Technician is not available.
• Reviews and approves plans and specifications for the installation of air compressors, air filters and safety devices used in conjunction with the scientific diving program.
• Ensures that breathing air appropriate for scuba is used in compliance with CSU and SF State standards and policies, and federal and state regulations
• Tests and inspects diving equipment used by divers participating in SFSU-sponsored diving activities and applies judgment as to its suitability and safety for the planned dive(s).
• Knowledge of marine species and scientific collecting permits. Assists faculty and staff with identification and collection of teaching and research specimens.
• Ensure SFSU researchers have the appropriate scientific permits required for research and educational activities with marine life in field settings supported by marine operations.
Program Administration and Supervision
• Represents SFSU at the SBSA meetings and contributes to the development of standard practices for training, equipment, and scientific boating procedures.
• Represents SFSU at the AAUS meetings, maintains AAUS credentials, and contributes to the ingoing improvement of standard practices for scientific diving.
• Provide consulting services to SFSU and CSU consortia in all aspects of diving techniques, equipment, practices, and procedures.
• Collaborates with university Risk Management on issues specific to boating and diving activities and safety and ensures compliance with CSU standards and policies and State and Federal regulations.
• Interprets and implements systemwide policies and federal and state regulations related to diving and boating.
• Supports scientific divers from regional CSUs (e.g., Sonoma State) who are also EOS Center Affiliates if their home campus lacks a scientific diving program
• Technical consultant to the SFSU Scientific Boating and Diving Safety Committee, Diving Control Board, and may serve as a member of a systemwide or consortium Underwater Diving Advisory Committee
• Supervises the Aquatic Research Equipment Technician.
• Works with the EOS Center Financial Manager to oversee the Marine Operations budget and cost recovery for small boats, research vessel operations and diving program activities.
• Manages reservations and invoicing for use of small vessels and the research vessel.
Other duties as assigned

*Minimum Qualifications*
Knowledge and Abilities:
• Comprehensive knowledge of diving theory and its application to safe diving practices, procedures and techniques related to academic, technical, and scientific diving.
• Thorough knowledge of contemporary diving equipment, air compressors, air filters and purification systems, and safety devices to include their operation, repair, and routine maintenance.
• Thorough knowledge of the California state and federal regulations regarding diving. Thorough knowledge of equipment used in scientific diving. Practical knowledge of the operation and handling of small boats as related to diving and diving safety procedures.
• Working knowledge of small boat navigational principles and related operation skills are desirable.
• Ability to demonstrate and train persons in the proper techniques and use of equipment for diving.
• Ability to plan and conduct difficult and complex academic, technical, and scientific diving activities.
• Ability to develop training and program plans with ability to interpret, apply, and implement various program plans and related regulations and laws.
• Ability to develop safety approaches for training and for diving.
• Ability to establish effective and cooperative relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
• Ability to analyze situations and take effective action especially in safety and emergency situations.
• Ability to speak and write effectively.
Experience: Five years as a certified diver of which at least three must be as a certified diving instructor.
Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university.

*Preferred Qualifications*
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize and execute strategic initiatives and adapt to changing priorities. Proactive problem-solving and strong decision-making skills.
• Experience in the conduct of scientific research, and demonstrated ability to gather, organize, analyze, and interpret scientific data and information.
• Experience or training in environmental education.
• Experience in the maintenance, deployment, operation, and calibration of oceanographic equipment including CTDs, ADCPs, water sampling carousels, various plankton and trawl nets. Experience designing and fabricating field sampling equipment and moorings.
• Thorough knowledge of research techniques, including the planning of studies and investigations.
• Ability to reason logically and capacity for independent and creative thinking related to research problems; develop techniques for handling a large variety of detailed data and ability to analyze these data.
• Three years of progressively increasing responsibility as a program manager involving technical research.
• Experience writing technical and administrative reports.
• Experience working with scientific researchers and students, preferably in a university context.
• Familiarity with the principles of personnel management and effective supervision and ability to direct the work of others; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; ability to analyze situations accurately and to adopt an effective course of action.
• An advanced degree (MS) in marine science or a related discipline
• Advanced experience with standard office and administrative software programs and application
• Evidence of leadership ability, emotional intelligence, diplomacy, and judgement. Listens well and communicates effectively with diverse stakeholders.
• Basic book-keeping skills
• Completion of a MOTC or DOI motorboat operator instructors course.
• Training and experience with the use of kayaks and other paddle craft and training of paddle craft users.
• Commitment to advancing SF State's academic and social justice goals with emphasis on supporting the improvement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental and marine sciences, and with the Center's overarching mission to connect science, society and the sea for a healthy planet.
• Current and valid diving instructor's certification issued by a nationally recognized agency.
• Must be able to qualify for the CSU Research Diver Certificate prior to appointment as set forth in the CSU "minimal standards for Scuba Diving Certification and Operation of Scuba Diving Programs" manual.
• Completion of a MOTC or DOI motorboat operator course.
• CA Driver's License

• Must be able to pass a medical examination to certify as a scientific diver.
• Must be able to work on boats.
• Must be able to work on the water and at sea under occasionally inclement weather and sea state conditions.
• Must be available to work occasional weekends and evenings.
• Must be available for occasional overnight travel
• Must be able to routinely lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds.

*Pre-Employment Requirements*
This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

*Eligibility to Work*
Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.

Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

*CSUEU Position*
Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

*Additional Information*

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.
Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.
Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2021.
*Advertised:* September 16, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
*Applications close:* September 15, 2022 (11:55 PM) Pacific Daylight Time
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