Research Diver and Operational Support (Seasonal/Temporary)


Cardinal Point Captains, Inc. (CPC) is seeking an experienced and qualified individual to provide support for research and scuba diving operations for NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) in Galveston, TX. The FGBNMS conducts frequent, multi-day, offshore research operations aboard live-aboard vessels, primarily on board the Research Vessel (R/V) Manta R-8301. 

Employees will participate in research operations, including conducting scuba operations for research and management, deck and other scuba diving support activities, mobilization and demobilization for at-sea expeditions, meet and maintain NOAA diving standards, post process field imagery, assist with cruise and project reporting, assist with mooring buoy maintenance, participate in weekly research meetings, participate in assigned outreach events, and participate in training that supports the goals and needs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in Galveston, TX. The individual must maintain a professional demeanor and work closely and collegially with colleagues and other researchers.

It is currently anticipated that this role will be a seasonal, temporary role to supplement the team’s existing dive capabilities at the marine sanctuary during the summer through fall. The majority of this work (75% or more) will be conducted offshore, away from Galveston, with limited communications while aboard R/V Manta.


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Marine Resource Management, Biology, Geology, Environmental Studies, Maritime Archaeology, electrical or mechanical engineering or related scientific fields.
  • Logged at least 100 scuba dives, including 12 dives within the past 12 months
  • Advanced and rescue dive certifications
  • Current first aid/ CPR/ AED/ Oxygen Administration certification
  • Able to pass NOAA dive physical
  • Able to participate in frequent offshore, multi-day field work, involving overnight stays aboard the vessel
  • Able to operate a government vehicle
  • Able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds to assist transporting equipment and gear is required
  • Willing to work non-standard hours, including weekends and holidays, as needed.
  • Familiarity and experience with coral reef monitoring and coral reef biology and ecology with experience in the collection of biological and ecological data
  • Desirable qualifications include:
  • NOAA diving or AAUS certification
  • Caribbean fish and coral identification
  • Knowledge and experience using CPCe, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint
  • May be required to submit sufficient proof of vaccination status, unless otherwise required by applicable law.  

AAP/EEO Statement

CPC is an EEO employer. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Other Duties  

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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