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Diving Opportunties, Scholarships, & Jobs


UMaine-  UMaine is currently seeking two individuals to assist with SMS491-Introduction to Research Diving for the Fall Term, 2014.  Please see the following position descriptions for further details.

Position Description- Scientific Diving Assistant, Professional

Position Description- Scientific Diving Assistant, Internship

AAUS/OWUSS Scientific Diving Internship- The Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society has collaborated with the American Academy of Underwater Sciences to create the AAUS/OWUSS scientific diving internship. This internship provides undergraduates with the experience and opportunities necessary for a future in science, diving for research, or scientific diving-related fields.    The University of Maine, Darling Marine Center will host the 2014 intern, Katy Newcomer.  More information about this internship can be found at: Follow Katy’s blog at:

AAUS-  The AAUS e-slate contains many other diving internship and job opporutnities.  Check out the e-slate at under the “Resource Library” tab. 


John H. Dearborn Scientific Diving Scholarship-  Professor John H. Dearborn began his career at the University of Maine in 1966 in the Department of Zoology and officially retired in 1999 as Professor Emeritus of Marine Sciences.  His love for teaching and the interactions with his students over three decades was a highlight of his career.  Professor Dearborn passed away in November 2010.   The John H. Dearborn Scientific Diving Scholarship was established at the University of Maine, in 2011 with a gift from J. F. White Contracting Company in recognition of Professor Dearborn’s contributions to marine and underwater science.  J.F. White contributed additional funds to the scholarship in 2013.

The scholarship shall be used to provide financial assistance to University of Maine students who are majoring in Marine Sciences and enrolled in a scientific diving class.  Selection of the recipients shall be made by the Director of the School of Marine Sciences (or his/her designee) in consultation with the Office of Student Financial Aid.  The fund shall be administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid.  The recipient will receive $500 for use in supporting their scientific diving goals/needs.

Application Due Date:  September 5, 2014

Application Form:  Dearborn Scholarhip Application (2014-efile)

Past Recipients:  Joshua Manning (2012), Hillary Scannell (2012), Jacqueline Rosa (2013)


American Academy of Underwater Sciences-  The AAUS offers annual scholarships for students who plan to use scuba diving as an essential tool in conducting underwater research.  The AAUS e-Slate contains additional announcements regarding  internships, jobs, and other opportunities.

Kevin Flanagan Student Travel Award-  The Kevin Flanagan award was established in collaboration with Kevin’s family and the AAUS Foundation as a legacy to Kevin’s commitment to AAUS and scientific diving.  The award is intended to fund graduate and undergraduate students interested in attending AAUS scientific meetings. Fund-raising is now underway for the first issue of this award to support students attending the September 2012 AAUS symposium. The initial target is to provide three awards of up to $800 apiece.

Our World Underwater Scholarship Society-  The OWUSS offers multiple annual scholarships and internships for divers, including the prestigious Rolex Scholarship.

Women Divers Hall of Fame-  WDHF is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions of women divers and offers a multitude of diverse scholarship opportunities for women.


 The Zale Parry Scholarship is administered by The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.  The scholarship annually awards $3000.00 plus $500.00 stipend towards travel expenses to the presentation site to deserving individuals. Candidates eligible for the scholarship are college students who are seeking to advance their knowledge or enter a professional career in the fields of underwater research, equipment technology or hyperbaric research.


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Contact Information

Scientific Diving
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573
Phone: 207-563-8273E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469