Description of Work

**** Position will function as Assistant Aquarium Curator for the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island ****     

Recruitment Range: $42,780 – $43,636

Department Information:
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state’s history, conserve the state’s natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state’s diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.

Division Information:
The mission of the North Carolina Aquariums is to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments. This mission is achieved by attracting, retaining and developing a world class team of professionals; providing visitors with outstanding exhibits, experiences and customer service; practicing sustainability, internal customer service and fiscal responsibility; and working to save and restore aquatic species and habitats.
The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is located in Manteo, NC and is nine miles from the Atlantic coastline in Nags Head.  The 61,000 square-foot facility is sited on 16 acres overlooking the Croatan Sound and houses over 1600 animals in its collection. Over 280,000 guests visit the aquarium each year to see the largest collection of sharks in North Carolina, learn about sea turtle conservation, participate in a variety of programs, enjoy the beauty of the area, and think about how special North Carolina’s waterways are.

Position will function as Assistant Aquarium Curator for the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. This position is to assist the Aquarium Curator and manage the health and welfare of the Aquarium’s diverse animal collections which include fishes, birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians and invertebrates.  Through management of animal habitats and aquatic exhibits exceeding 300,000 gallons, the Assistant Curator will provide 24 hour per day coverage to ensure the well-being of the collection.  Primary duties include:

  • Management of the Conservation Horticulturalist and horticulture staff, Husbandry Technicians, the Husbandry intern program and Husbandry volunteer program (outside the responsibilities of the Volunteer Coordinator)
  • Providing regular training and scheduling for staff.  Assist Husbandry Curator with interviewing and hiring of new employees.
  • Assisting the Husbandry Curator with developing and operating within an annual operating budget.
  • Providing routine feedback to staff in an efficient and positive manner.
  • Recognizing symptoms of fish and invertebrate disease and poor health.  Administering appropriate treatments according to established quarantine and treatment protocols.
  • Determining individual animal nutritional needs.  Manage the sourcing and procurement of all diets.  Ensure all diet preparations and associated cleaning meet or exceed AZA and USDA standards.
  • Maintaining accurate databases and daily logs while providing oversight for all staff records.
  • Designing and creating new exhibit and holding tanks with their associated life support systems.
  • Conducting SCUBA assisted educational programming and tank maintenance.
  • Interacting with visitors to meet the facility’s educational mission.
  • Acquiring new animals for display and assistance with animal strandings and rehabilitation. Weekend, evening and holiday work required.
  • Identifying animal welfare concerns and taking appropriate action to address the concerns.
  • Facilitating assigned aquarium research and conservation programs.
  • Occasional travel is required for Aquarium meetings.

Must meet DNCR Fleet Safety Guidelines and have ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license.
If selected for hire, prior to first day of work a background check will be completed.
A skills assessment may be conducted during the interviewing process for this position.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

**To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the application form.  Any information omitted from the application form will not be considered for qualifying credit**

In order to qualify for this position you must meet ALL the following KSA’s listed below:

  1. Experience with plumbing, electrical and mechanical aspects of life support systems in a public Aquarium, Zoo or Museum setting.
  2. Experience working with aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals, including fresh and saltwater fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals.
  3. SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized organization.
  4. Experience using water quality testing laboratory equipment.
  5. Experience managing permanent staff.
  6. Experience with animal behavioral training and enrichment and providing proper messaging to the public regarding animal training and enrichment.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Biology, Botany, Conservation, Education, History or Zoology from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of museum or related work, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

To apply for this position, please click APPLY link above.

All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application.

Persons eligible for veteran’s preference must attach a copy of Form DD-214 to their application.

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants.  When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.   Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institution. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment. We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

For additional information, please contact:
Georgia MacBride
NC Aquariums Division
(919) 877-5500, ext. 230