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Congratulations to our very own Jim Nimz!!!

February 10, 2014

Jim Nimz accepted a position as the small craft operator and operations officer on board of the M/V Fort Jefferson with the Dry Tortugas National Park, located 68 miles west of Key West, Florida. In his new position, Jim will also be serving as the Park Safety and Dive Officer .

While working for the National Park of American Samoa during the past four and half years, Jim served as a marine biotech in the Marine Resources Division. He also served as the park safety officer and park dive officer.

Following the devastating tsunami of 2009, Jim rebuilt the diving, boating and safety program. As the park safety officer, he certified over 90 percent of the staff in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillator, and first-aid. He was instrumental in installing closed circuit dive technology into the park’s marine research team–one of only three teams in the entire National Park System. He also was the point person for elevating a single boat marine operations team to its current level of six fully operational watercraft used in marine research and staff transportation.

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