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Shellfish Survey Diver

3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA Req #147
Monday, December 2, 2019
The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is committed to protecting and exercising the inherent inalienable sovereign rights of the Tribe and Individuals in the interest of the Medicine Creek Treat Territories, as stewards to ensure preservation of our cultural and environmental integrity for common good and prosperity for all.

Closes:              December 16, 2019 @ 8:59 p.m. PST

Department:   Shellfish
Reports To:    Shellfish Director
Salary:            $500 Flat rate per dive day         

Note: this position is not benefits eligible.

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the supervisor, performs survey dives for Shellfish Department. Responsible for ensuring dive requirements are satisfied.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Performs dives for required SCUBA surveys which provide needed information regarding various shellfish species.

  2. Undertake dives and other duties as directed by the Supervisor in order to provide data that assists with conservation efforts to perpetuate the species, or to provide population data for setting harvest quotas, etc.;

  3. Ensure that personal diving equipment is working correctly and is suitable for the planned dive;

  4. Ensure full understanding of the dive plan and is competent to carry out the planned task;

  5. Demonstrates knowledge of the dive routine and emergency procedures;

  6. Report any medical problem or symptoms experienced during or after the dive;

  7. Ability to identify and report any equipment faults, other potential hazards, near misses or accidents;

  8. Keep logbook up to date and have it signed by the Supervisor after each dive.

  9. Performs other duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications and Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Previous geoduck diving experience required. Must be able to perform the physical dives as needed. Must be a graduate of a diver training program. Related college coursework is preferred. Knowledge of diving safety standards required.


Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Licenses and Certificates

Must have and maintain a valid Washington State driver’s license and proof of auto insurance.


Other Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of treaty fishing regulations, commercial diving, marine piloting, navigation, marine and geographic plotting electronics.

  • Ability to monitor weather, identify species, and analyze shellfish quality.

  • Must be available to work on-call, as needed by department. Ability to have a flexible schedule.

  • Must possess a current diving physical or be able to pass a diving physical.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. 

  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. 

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. 

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.

  • Must be alert, having good hearing/sight and mobility to perform inspections and resource management.

  • Must be comfortable working around the water and be able to swim and dive.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Frequently exposed to outdoor weather conditions and at odd hours of the day or night.

  • Some days require work on a research boat with the motor running at high R.P.M.

  • Requires occasional travel using employee’s own transportation.


    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Indian Preference Employer as Required by Law


H o w   T o   A p p l y:

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Native American preference applies and job placements are given on a competitive basis, using job related factors.  Because of the large number of applications received and limited job positions, your application will not guarantee employment.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 3009 Portland Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98404, USA