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NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores


Description of Work
****Pay Grade-GN10, Recruitment Range- $39,611 - $42,448****
**Job offer is contingent upon passing a pre-employment screen conducted by assigned provider.** Learn about the NC Aquariums:
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Primary Purpose of the position:
The North Carolina Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores is seeking an experienced Educator Curator to work within the Education Department of the North Carolina Aquariums. The Educator Curator will assist the Education Curator with developing, presenting, coordinating, and evaluating in-house educational programs for the public and aquarium visitors, school groups and special interest groups, on marine science topics, multiple times daily. 

Key Responsibilities:
  • Preparing and delivering public programs using ambassador animals, including birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians.
  • Designing, coordinating and evaluating programs and special events for the public.
  • Preparing, presenting and evaluating age-appropriate curriculum specific to school groups; facilitating public talks using biofacts and live animals.
  • Serving as a resource for staff, teachers, and community members;
  • Evaluating and analyzing education programs and content for effectiveness; and training, supervising and evaluating interns, volunteers, and seasonal education staff.
Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:
The North Carolina Aquarium's mission is to inspire appreciation and conservation of our 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 Pine Knoll Shores is located 6 miles from Morehead City, NC, on Bogue Banks and sits adjacent to Bogue Sound. A living collection of over 2,500 animals in 90,000 square feet of exhibit space attracts and engages over 400,000 visitors each year. The Aquarium is in the middle of Roosevelt Natural Area, a state park of maritime forest and wetland ecosystems.

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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies
*** To receive credit, all experience must be included in the work history sections.  See attached resume will result in an incomplete application.  Any information omitted from this application, but included in the resume, will not be considered for qualifying credit. ***

Experience Required

Qualified candidates must have: Demonstrated experience in developing and presenting effective and engaging public programs in an informal setting in a zoo, aquarium, park, nature center, or museum setting. Demonstrated experience presenting ambassador animals and responding to questions from large audiences. Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and holidays. Occasional travel is also required for Aquarium meetings. Must have a valid NC Driver's License or the ability to obtain for employment. Management Preferences: Experience with training ambassador animals for programs in an informal education setting. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Bachelor's degree in Art History, Biology, Botany, Conservation, Education, History or Zoology from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of museum or related work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply

Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full.  Note the following: 
Resumes and cover letters:  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application nor will it be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will not be accepted with your application being rejected as incomplete. Cover letters are highly encouraged but not required.
Transcripts:  Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions and a copy of your transcripts indicating the degree received can be uploaded with your application. If the position you are applying for requires verification of classes taken for the position, then your transcripts must be uploaded to be considered.  
Veterans Preference:  To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.
Americans with Disabilities:  Applicants requesting an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax. Please call the human resources office for assistance.
Please refrain from submitting multiple applications, however; If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
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).
If you are having technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627. If there are any questions about this posting, other than your application status, please contact the DNCR Human Resources Office.
North Carolina Aquariums
3125 Poplarwood Court Suite 160
Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone:  919-877-5500

Please visit our website at for more information regarding our facilities.

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Phone: 12522474003

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