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Aquarium Diver I

Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum And Aquarium
Springfield, United States Posted: February 22 2023

We are hiring passionate and adventurous divers to join our team! Our divers get to explore the multiple water spaces we have at Wonders of Wildlife and learn about our diverse animals. Divers clean exhibits, educate guests through special events and shark dives, and making connections with staff and the aquatic life they assist in taking care of.

About Wonders of Wildlife

Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of a 1.5-million-gallon Aquarium Adventure showcasing 35,000 animals and our immersive Wildlife Galleries sharing the story of America's most significant conservationists throughout history and today.In 2022, Wonders of Wildlife became accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Accreditation signifies our exemplary standards for animal welfare, scientific education, and staff training. Created by noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris, the 350,000-square-foot experience celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water. Located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri the campus is a centerpiece of America's Conservation Capital in Missouri's Ozark Mountains. Wonders of Wildlife has been voted "Best New Attraction in America" and "America's Best Aquarium" by the readers of USA TODAY. For more information, visit

A day in the life of a Diver Level I

Divers are an integral part of the Life Sciences team. Divers assist with daily husbandry needs of our aquatic life both in and out of water. Divers play a huge role in assisting with shark cage dives by providing a safe and guest-oriented experience. Divers are sometimes asked to participate in social media posts, commercials, proposals, prom-posals, and have even been known to dress up as Scuba Claus. Our divers provide routine cleaning, maintenance, and testing of all equipment and gear to ensure the safety of fellow divers and staff.


Under the supervision of the Dive Operations Manager, assists with daily husbandry dive operations both in and out of water. Including assisting with SeaTREK cage dives by providing safe and guest oriented shark cage dive experiences.

Essential Functions

  • Must maintain knowledge base of diving industry standards, diving physiology, equipment, and techniques in order to ensure WOW’s compliance with all relevant safety standards
  • Must be able to deliver professional and proper safety briefings to SeaTREK shark dive guests.
  • Will participate in routine husbandry dive operations within a variety of exhibits using a variety of dive modes
  • Must be comfortable and able to use appropriate underwater cleaning tools and techniques
  • Must be comfortable and able to work in enclosed exhibits in close contact with a variety of aquatic animals
  • Will participate in cleaning, routine maintenance, and testing of all equipment and gear involved with SeaTREK and regular Dive Operations.
  • Must utilize digital and online record keeping using Microsoft Suite and Dive Program in the Cloud (DPiC)
  • **Must adhere to all company/department safety standards and policies
  • **Must be open to working mandatory/approved overtime.
  • **Must be open to working weekends/weekdays/nights/holidays when necessary/critical to support the business.
  • **Must be able to cover shifts at affiliate Conservation Attraction properties.
  • **Must have an approved driving record and operate a company vehicle if required/applicable. 
Minimum Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have a Rescue SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized training agency with a minimum of 20 logged open water dives.
  • Current CPR/1st Aid, AED, and O2 Administration certifications from a nationally recognized training agency or ability to obtain with in the first 90 days of employment
  • Must be able to pass a diving specific health physical within 90 days of hire
  • Must be able to pass a Swim Test within 90 days of hire
  • Must be able to pass a Check-Out Dive within 90 days of hire
  • Must be able to comfortably lift 80 lbs.
  • No history of allergies related to animals, plants, and/or materials which may interfere with ability to work
  • Requires walking / standing; lifting, stooping, forward bending, crouching and sitting
  • Any combination of experience, education, skills, certification(s) etc. will be taken into consideration
  • *Must be able to work in an environment with exposure to sunlight, various animals, weather, loud sounds, low lighting, close quarters, high/low temperatures, etc. 

Additional Competencies

  • Adaptability - Ability to effectively adjust to major changes in work tasks or the work environment.
  • Aligning Performance for Success - Skilled at focusing and guiding others in accomplishing work objectives.
  • Building a Successful Team - Skilled at building a cohesive team and facilitating goal accomplishment.
  • Building Trust - Ability to interact with others in an honest, fair and respectful way; giving others confidence in one's intentions and those of the organization.
  • Communication - Skilled at clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media; engaging the audience and helping them understand and retain the message.
  • Customer Focus - Ability to develop and sustain productive customer relationships; actively seeking information to understand and address customers' needs.
  • High Work Standards - Sets high standards of performance for self and others; assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks.
  • Planning and Organizing - Skilled at establishing courses of action for self and others to ensure work is completed efficiently.
  • Problem Solving / Decision Making - Ability to identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing solutions.

Are you ready to join our team?

We have a very quick and easy application process. If you feel that you would be right for our Diver I position, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application. We look forward to meeting you!