Dive Staff (Resource Employee)

The USC Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability is seeking Dive Staff positions at their Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Positions will be responsible to work with the USC Wrigley Institute research community to facilitate underwater research projects; supervise student research divers-in-training; recognize distress and respond to emergency calls and events; and ensure that proper safety methods and procedures are followed. Dive staff may also assist the Diving Safety Officer (DSO) with maintaining dive program equipment including ensuring all SCUBA, first aid, safety, rescue and communication systems are present and in proper working order.

These positions will create a pool of Dive Staff that can be pulled from on an as-needed basis to help teach Scientific Diving Courses (like ENST 499), and to maintain safety ratios in the water. This is a part time (as-needed) position and is not eligible for USC benefits.


  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Must have an active Divemaster or Scuba Instructor certification from an internationally recognized organization
  • Scientific Divers with relevant training/experience and minimum 40 dives may also be considered
  • Must complete a checkout dive with the USC DSO
  • Must complete yearly staff training
  • Must complete and submit a Dive Medical from a board-certified physician
  • Must have a current CPR/AED/Diving First Aid/Emergency Oxygen Administration certification from an internationally recognized organization
  • Must commit to minimum 10 shifts/year
  • Must have Dive Accident Insurance

About the Wrigley Institute:

The mission of the Wrigley Institute for Environment and Sustainability is to inspire global environmental solutions through frontier research and education. The institute is in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, one of the nation’s premier research universities. The Wrigley Institute also has its own dedicated campus on California’s beautiful Santa Catalina Island. The Wrigley Institute is part of USC’s oldest and largest school, the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and plays a key role in USC’s high-profile sustainability initiatives.

Through education, research, and engagement, the Wrigley Institute trains the next generation of environmental leaders, develops original solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems, and encourages nonpartisan action for sustainability and environmental justice. The Wrigley Institute is home to:

  1. The Environmental Studies academic program, which grants both undergraduate and graduate degrees;
  2. The Wrigley Marine Science Center, our Catalina Island campus and field research base;
  3. USC Sea Grant, which leads research, education, and outreach activities with a specific focus on policy and management of the ‘urban ocean’;
  4. Research centers on Earth & Environmental Systems, Applied Environmental Solutions, and Social Transformation;
  5. The USC Hyperbaric Chamber, which serves the Southern California dive community; and
  6. Signature public events that bring together business leaders, policy makers, activists, and scholars for conversations of consequence on the environment and sustainability.

A position at the Wrigley Institute is an opportunity to help solve some of the most important challenges of our era. We are growing rapidly, with dedicated communications and DEI programs to help maximize our reach and ensure that the work we do is accessible to and beneficial for everyone.

Those who work at the Wrigley Institute are dedicated to helping create a more sustainable future!

To Apply:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and positions are filled as needed.

Rate of Pay: $18/hour