Natural Resource Specialist, Dive Team — Washington State

Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Tumwater, WA
Job Category
Full time Positions
$65,748.00 - $88,416.00 Annually
Last Date to Apply
Dive Team Safety Officer, NRS5 Recruitment #2023-9-5402 Full-time, Permanent, Represented position Location: Tumwater, WA Salary: $5,479.00 - $7,368.00 Monthly Review of applications is ongoing. We reserve the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 9/28/23. It is in your best interest to submit materials as soon as possible. Want to join something GREAT and make a difference? This position supervises a team of Compliance Officers/Divers who oversee the enforcement of contractual agreements for the State Wild Stock Commercial Geoduck Fishery. Ensures DNR objectives and regulatory standards for the DNR Dive Team and contracts are met. Serves as an agency expert for all commercial diving and geoduck fishery field compliance statewide. This position is one of two Dive Team Supervisors reporting to the Geoduck Operations Manager of the Geoduck Fishery Compliance Section within the Natural Resource Police unit of DNR and acts as the DNR Dive Team Safety Supervisor. Oversees compliance with the DNR Dive safety manual requirements, Washington State Labor and Industry (L&I) rules, and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for commercial diving operations. Plans and implements dive operations, fishery compliance, trainings and special projects. The incumbent regularly interacts with all dive team members, their supervisory chain of command, purchasers, harvesters, members of the public, tribes, and state and federal agencies. Responsibilities: This position is a field supervisor serving as the agency expert and manager for all statewide commercial diving activities and geoduck sales contract compliance. Is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and overseeing the implementation of work schedules for fishery compliance, DOH sampling, diving operations, special projects, and dive team training and safety. Subordinates perform daily activities as Compliance Officers and Divers in overseeing the state's Wild Stock Commercial Geoduck Fishery, facilitate and enforce contractual agreements with stakeholders, and perform various underwater and above water assessments for managing state-owned aquatic lands. Works in collaboration with the Geoduck Operations Manager to ensure compliance with all DNR objectives and regulatory standards. Ensures that geoduck fishery functions are completed in accordance with DOH & WDFW regulations, harvest agreements, regulatory permits, the Commercial Wild Stock Geoduck Fishery Management Plan and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, and the Low-Effect Habitat Conservation Plan for the Commercial Wild Stock Geoduck Fishery (HCP). Reviews policy and procedures and recommends changes where needed to ensure safety, fishery activities, dive operations, vessel operations and training standards are effective and current. In coordination with the Geoduck Operations Manager, develops and enforces DNR dive and compliance policy, objectives, and tasks.
Required Qualifications: -Completed an accredited ADC commercial dive school, or equivalent training, or possess a current Instructor level certification from a professional teaching agency that enables the candidate to train and certify scuba divers. Five years of documented equivalent training or experience can be substituted for required education/training. -Knowledge and experience of supervisory, management and organizational principles, and personnel systems and supervised diverse teams of individuals, and dive operations in the role of Dive Supervisor / Designated-Person-In-Charge (DPIC). -A combination of four years of education and/or paid work experience in aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, business, criminal justice, geology or a related natural science. -Demonstrated ability to present findings in written and oral formats to colleagues and managers. -Skilled in vessel dive boat handling on the water and towing large boats on trailers on the road. -Knowledge of USCG regulations pertaining to navigation and a minimum of at least one year experience operating a vessel in marine waters. -Expert knowledge of Commercial Diving Regulations (WACs, RCWs, and CFRs), the DNR Diving Manual, and industry standards related to commercial diving activities and life support equipment maintenance requirements.
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WA DNR Recruiting
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