JOB TITLE: Museum Curator I VACANCY #:  60092968
SALARY GRD/RANGE:  GN10/ $39,611 - $67,060
HIRING RANGE:   $39,611 - $40,403
APPT TYPE: Perm Full Time
CLOSING DATE:  08/22/2019
LOCATION: Dare County


This is a repost, previous applicants does not need to reapply.

Recruitment Range: $39,611 - $40,403

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 an Aquarist for the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island with principle responsibility for the animal ambassador collection. This position reports directly to the Husbandry Curator and is responsible for the daily care of all animals in the assigned displays, holding and quarantine systems and maintains life support systems as well as the aesthetics of the displays.  Duties include:

• Responsible for the daily husbandry of assigned ambassador animals that include reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals and their associated habitats.  

• Effectively monitor health and behavior of the animal ambassador collection and communicate changes to supervisor and veterinary staff.

• Work collaboratively with education staff providing direction, trainings, and oversight of ambassador collection which include guest interactions and scheduled talks.

• Covering additional responsibilities for the husbandry of additional aquatic and terrestrial animals and/or habitats in the absence of their primary aquarist on a rotating basis. 

• Providing animal behavioral training and enrichment programs for various collection animals.

• Determining individual animal nutritional needs, securing, culturing, preparing and feeding the terrestrial and aquatic animals.

• Recognizing symptoms of disease and poor animal health and administering appropriate treatments, including quarantine of newly acquired specimens.

• Meeting USDA and AZA requirements for keeping animals in human care such as, but not limited to, food storage and preparation, providing a high standard of cleanliness, and providing quality mental health. 

• Working with large, dangerous, or venomous aquatic and terrestrial species.

• Designing, maintaining, and troubleshooting life support systems.

• Maintaining accurate databases and records.

• Performing water quality testing, interpreting results, and making necessary adjustments to water quality parameters.

• Conducting SCUBA assisted diving to clean tanks, perform educational programs, and collect specimens.

• Acquiring and collecting new animals for display; responding to animal stranding and rehabilitation needs.  

• Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.

Weekend, evening and holiday work required.  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.


**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 maintaining life support systems and associated water chemistry at a public Aquarium, Zoo or Museum.

2. Experience working with aquatic and terrestrial animal husbandry, including fresh and saltwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

3. Experience with any of the following: training, enrichment, conditioning, or behavioral husbandry.

4. SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized organization.


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.


To apply for this position, please click the following link:

The Department of Natural & 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.  Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted.

Information should be provided in the appropriate areas, to include the following:

Education, including high school and all degrees obtained, Work Experience, and Certificates & Licenses.  It is critical to our screening and salary determination process that application contain comprehensive candidate information.

Answers to Supplemental Questions are not a substitute for providing all relevant information within the body of your application.  To receive credit for the supplemental questions, you must provide supporting information within the "Work Experience" section of the application, to support your answers.

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts and degree evaluation may be uploaded with your application.

To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.

Applicants requesting and receiving 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.

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).

For additional information, please contact:

Georgia MacBride
NC Aquariums Division
(919) 877-5500, ext. 230
[email protected]


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