JOB TITLE: Museum Curator I 
VACANCY #:  60093194
SALARY GRD/RANGE:   GN10/ $39,611 - $67,060
HIRING RANGE:   $39,611 - $40,403
APPT TYPE: Perm Full Time
CLOSING DATE:  06/14/2019
LOCATION: New Hanover County


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 at Fort Fisher located 20 miles south of Wilmington, NC, in Kure Beach, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear river. A living collection of over 2,700 animals in 93,000 ft2 of exhibit space attracts and engages over 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.


This position reports directly to the Aquarium Curator. The primary responsibility of this position is to care for the physical and psychological needs of the animals in our care including reptiles (venomous snakes, alligators) and amphibians.  This person is also responsible for the daily care of all animals in the display, holding and quarantine systems.  This individual is also required to maintain life support systems as well as exhibit aesthetics.  Primary duties include:

• Determining individual animal nutritional needs, securing, culturing, preparing and feeding the animals assigned to them.

• Daily care and maintenance of reptiles (including venomous snakes, alligators), amphibians, birds, fish, and aquatic invertebrates.

• Recognizing symptoms of disease and poor animal health, and administering appropriate treatments.

• Ability to assess animal welfare on a regular basis

• An understanding of operant conditioning, and implementation of behavior training

• Enthusiastically interpret animal care, enrichment and training during scheduled public programs. 

• Maintaining life support systems.

• Maintaining water chemistry in all assigned systems.

• Managing effective quarantine of newly acquired specimens.

• Ability to work within permitting guidelines of protected species

• Maintaining accurate data bases.

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

• Responding to animal strandings and rehabilitation.  

• Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.

• Weekend and holiday work required.

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, all experience must be included in the work history sections.  See attached resume will result in an incomplete application. Any information omitted from the application, but included in the resume, 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 managing populations of reptiles (including venomous snakes, alligators), amphibians, birds, fish, and aquatic invertebrates in the care of a public Aquarium, Zoo or Museum setting.

2. Experience with operant conditioning, training, and behavioral enrichment in a public Aquarium, Zoo or Museum setting

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

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]

Technical ssues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line 855-524-5627

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