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Diving Opportunties, Scholarships, & Jobs


UMaine-  UMaine seeks two individuals per year to assist with our Basic Scuba class and SMS324-Introduction to Research Diving.  Applications for 2018 are now being accepted.  See the position descriptions below for further details.

Position Description- Scientific Diving Assistant, Internship (2018)

Position Description- Scientific Diving Assistant, Professional (2018)

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 hosted the 2014 intern, Katy Newcomer and the 2015 intern Catie Mitchell.  More information about this internship can be found 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. Past recipients include:  Joshua Manning, Hillary Scannell (2012); Jacqueline Rosa (2013); Audrey Knowlton (2014); Melissa Hoffman, Zachary Topor (2015); Adam Desjardins, Teiga Martin, Katherine Miller (2016); Julia Mackin-Mclaughlin (2017).

To contribute/donate to this scholarship, please click here.

Application Form:  Dearborn Scholarhip Application (2017)


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.

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.  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