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Dive Officer

Apply now Job no: 498137
Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Farming, Animals and Conservation

Dive Officer

  • Full time Ongoing
  • Based in Hobart
  • Provide day-to-day operational support for diving activities

IMAS is a centre for both marine research and education. Our basic and applied research is characterised as innovative, relevant, and globally distinctive. Education at IMAS delivers world class programs, resulting in highly trained graduates who serve the needs of academic institutions, industry, government, and the community.

The Opportunity

The Dive Officer role provides critical support to the Principal Dive Officer in facilitating effective and safe diving operations by providing day-to-day operational support; research support for researchers, HDR students, Honours and on undergrad fieldtrips; asset management and maintenance; and ensuring IMAS personnel working across an extensive and divers range of projects are complying with the University Diving Policy and Procedures, relevant statutory Work Health and Safety Regulations, Australian Standards and Codes of Practice.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Providing oversight for safety protocols in accordance with relevant regulations and guidelines.
  • Provide high level expert technical advice to staff, students and Operations Team members for learning and teaching activities, and field-based diving research activities associated with projects across all sections of IMAS.
  • Provide a safe working environment for staff and students ensuring that all UTAS and IMAS policies are implemented, are effective and are fit for purpose.
  • Ensure staff and students undertake comprehensive inductions and are provided with on-going training in safe work practices.
  • Provide risk management software support to staff and students including consultation and facilitation for dive trip plan submissions.
  • Conduct testing of equipment as required by the UTAS Diving Procedures.
  • Conduct dive equipment audits at least annually and assist with maintaining the Dive Store facility in an orderly condition.­

Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

  • Completion of a degree with subsequent experience working in marine research and diving, OR knowledge of and extensive experience in undertaking scientific diving operations and associated research activities.
  • Proven ability to supervise and manage staff and students to ensure a safe and efficient workplace.
  • Ability to effectively supervise, organise and conduct field-based research in the marine environment as a member of a research team and to work effectively both under broad supervision, and as the Team Leader.
  • Proven ability to work at sea and extensive experience in small vessels. 
  • A knowledge of work, health and safety practices, behaviours and expectations and the ability to influence positive change.
  • Significant experience in providing technical support including experience in the maintenance and implementation of risk assessments, safe working practices and standard operating protocols in a changing environment.
  • High level organisational skills and a demonstrated capacity to act independently within established guidelines, using discretion and sound judgement.
  • Skills and experience using a range of computer packages, including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, email, and internet packages.
  • Ability to produce evidence that licences / qualifications have been obtained and are current as outlined in the attached position description.


Appointment to this role will be at HEO 6 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $107,061 comprising base salary within the range of $84,386 to $91,505 plus 17% superannuation.

COVID-19 Update:

The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide your CV and 2-page cover letter outlining your interest in the role, skills, capabilities and experience. Qualifications must also be addressed. You do not need to separately address the success criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Kirsten le Mar, Operations Manager, or (03) 6226 8343.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Download File Dive Officer PD - 498137.pdf

Applications close Sunday, 4 December 2022, 11.55pm

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfil the requirements of this role.


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