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NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

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

Program Coordinator II

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is seeking a dynamic, efficient, and enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Special Events Coordinator. This position reports directly to the Aquarium Director and is responsible for coordinating and conducting a year-round schedule of events, both on and off-site, and rentals for the Aquarium facility. These events will promote the Aquarium, increase attendance, and generate revenue. The Coordinator will work with all departments within the Aquarium and will be able to interpret Aquarium exhibits to rental clients. 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Market, promote, schedule, and manage activities including after business hour events
  • A/V use, table set-up, staging, and other elements of events will be performed and managed
  • Responsible for the collection of fiscal data including rental and event revenue, program participation, and client evaluation
  • Inform and recommend a budget for positions, programming, marketing, equipment, and materials, and to reflect Aquarium contributions to DNCR environmental and education initiatives, based on data

Experience Required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities You must meet ALL the following KSA's listed below to qualify for this position: • Experience in planning and scheduling events with emphasis in working with weddings and corporate rentals, including working with associated vendors. • Demonstrated supervisory experience. • Experience in marketing, social media, and customer service. • Demonstrated experience with sales and budgeting. • Weekend, evening, and holiday work will be required. Occasional travel is also required for Aquarium meetings. • Must have a valid NC Driver's License or be able to obtain one for employment. • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors as needed. • Must have the ability to lift and carry 50 lbs

Further Comments

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree from appropriately accredited institution and one year of experience related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


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 at Fort Fisher, 20 miles south of Wilmington, NC, in Kure Beach, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear River. A living collection of more than 2,000 animals in 93,000 square feet of exhibit space attracts and engages more than 440,000 visitors each year. The Aquarium is surrounded by protected woodland, marsh, and beach. Visitors often plan to stop at sites adjacent to the Aquarium - Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and historic Fort Fisher Civil War Museum. Fort Fisher Aquarium is a unique place to visit, and work.


Recruitment Range- $39,456 - $41,179

How to Apply

Electronic applications to be filed online at:
Applications not accepted through any other method.
Position #22-10129 AQM60034904
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.

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Rd
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone: 919-877-5500
Fax: NC Aquarium at Fort Fishe

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