Special Activities Instructor

Organization: NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island (AZA Member)
Location: Manteo (Outer Banks), North Carolina, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Special Activities at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island are hands-on programs consisting of a small number of participants, and ranging in duration from one to several hours at a time. Such programs include but are not limited to: children’s summer camps (one-day and week-long), kayaking outings, crabbing classes, fishing activities, marine animal programs, behind the scenes tours, animal feeding programs, toddler programs, birthday parties, overnight programs, beach ecology trips, and salt marsh field trips. The Special Activities Instructors will both assist with these activities AND lead programs independently. Daily requirements of the instructor will include conducting programs, speaking to small groups of people of all ages, handling live animals, assembling education materials, driving a fifteen-passenger van with field trip participants, maintaining a 30-gallon aquarium tank, completing office duties, occasionally assisting with other daily program responsibilities inside the main public areas of the Aquarium, and other duties as assigned by the Special Activities Coordinator and Education Curator. Instructors will be trained to lead existing Aquarium programs; there will be limited opportunities for development of new curriculum.

Applicants should be articulate, enthusiastic, and have a strong work ethic. Candidates must either have a degree or be in pursuit of a degree in Biology, Marine Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, Parks and Rec, or a related field. If in pursuit of such a degree, applicants must have completed at least two years towards degree. Prior experience working with the public, strong presentation skills, adaptability to different teaching situations, a flexible schedule, and a valid driver’s license are all required. The following skills and/or current certifications are preferred: CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Certification, Divemaster Certification, kayak experience, teaching experience, water safety skills, experience working with children, and a working knowledge of the Outer Banks flora and fauna. Candidates must be able to lift at least 50 pounds, and be able to spend extended periods of time outdoors. A background check is required.

DURATION: Mid-May through September, 2014 (May be flexible), 30 – 40 hours per week

Some nights, holidays and weekend work required

SALARY: $11.32 per hour

*This is an hourly position with a maximum of 40 hours per week. It is classified as

temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits.

DEADLINE: All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014.

TO APPLY: A North Carolina State Application Form PD-107 is required, and may be downloaded from the NC Office of State Personnel website at https://www.ncdps.gov/div/JJ/pd107ltr.pdf. A cover letter and resume may also be submitted, but will NOT be accepted in lieu of the NC State Application PD-107 form. Applications which do not include the applicant’s signature are considered incomplete.

Mail, fax, or email completed applications to:

Beth Wilcox, Special Activities Coordinator

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Attn: Beth Wilcox

P.O. Box 967

Manteo, NC 27954

Fax: 252-473-1980

Phone: 252-473-3494 x246

Email: beth.wilcox@ncaquariums.com