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NC Aquarium @ Pine Knoll Shores

Division Information: 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 at Pine Kn

Museum Curator I/Youth Experiences Coordinator

Salary : $32,460.00 - $56,806.00 Annually; Recruitment Range: $32,460 - $45,032

Location: Carteret County, NC

Job Type: Permanent Full-Time

Department: Dept of Natural and Cultural Resources

Job Number: 23-03374 AQM60093215

Closing: 3/30/2023 5:00 PM Eastern

Division/Section: DNCR/Aquariums/Pine Knoll Shores

Work Location: Carteret County

Position Number:  60093215

Salary Grade: NC06

The North Carolina Aquariums at Pine Knoll Shores is seeking a dynamic, efficient, and enthusiastic individual to join our team as the Museum Curator I/Youth Experiences Coordinator

Primary Purpose of the Position:
Reporting directly to the Education Curator, this position is responsible for developing and presenting educational programs with a focus on children and teen programs to the public and aquarium visitors, school and pre-K groups, family groups, and other special interest groups. The Youth Experiences Coordinator will prepare curriculum materials, respond to visitor requests and questions, utilize electronic communication systems, and will be responsible for designing, creating, and supervising programs incorporating a variety of experiential learning methods focusing on marine science topics, while incorporating the arts, theater, and music, when applicable.  This position will work closely with another Special Activities Coordinator to implement a variety of fee-based programming including facility tours, outdoor recreation programs, scout programs, and other special events. This position works cooperatively with other departments to achieve the overall mission of the Aquarium. Weekend, evening, and holiday work required.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Preparing and facilitating teen and children's programs using live animals
  • Developing, scheduling, and coordinating school programs, camps, homeschool programs, birthday parties, sleepovers, and teen programs 
  • Preparing and creating age-appropriate curriculum specific to programs 
  • Serving as a resource for visitors and community members; evaluating education programs for effectiveness 
  • Training, supervising, and evaluating interns, volunteers, and temporary staff  

Occasional travel is required for Aquarium meetings.
Must meet DNCR Fleet Safety Guidelines and have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid NC driver's license.
If selected for hire, a background check will be completed prior to first day of work.  A skills assessment may be conducted during the interviewing process for this position.


Experience Required

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 in developing and presenting effective and engaging public programs in an informal setting in a zoo, aquarium, park, environmental education center, nature center, camp, or museum. Experience working with, and supervising, youth in an educational program. Experience presenting live animals and responding to questions from participants. Weekend, evening, and holiday work will be required. Occasional travel is required for Aquarium meetings. Must have a valid NC Driver's License or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment. Management Preferences: Experience training, supervising, and evaluating staff and interns. 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.

Further Comments

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.



Salary $32,460.00 - $56,806.00 Annually; Recruitment Range: $32,460 - $45,032

How to Apply

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 @ Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
Phone: (252) 247-4003
Fax: (252) 247-0663

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