Aquarium Curator

JOB TITLE: Museum Curator Supervisor
VACANCY #:  60034835
SALARY GRD/RANGE:   GN13/ $48,051 - $86,431
HIRING RANGE:   $48,051 - $50,237
APPT TYPE: Perm Full Time
CLOSING DATE:  02/17/2020
LOCATION: Dare County


Recruitment Range: $48,051 - $50,237

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.


Reporting directly to the Director of Operations and Husbandry, this position is responsible for planning, management and oversight of all husbandry operations for the aquarium and the STAR Center, the associated rehabilitation facility.   The curator must be able to meet or exceed all AZA and USDA guidelines and standards related to the managed care of animals.    The curator will oversee all aspects related to the husbandry of the aquarium’s biological collection including daily care, nutrition, enrichment/ training programs, record keeping, acquisition/deacquisition, and animal welfare assessments.  The curator will ensure all required permits are correct and up-to-date.  The curator will work closely with consulting veterinarians to develop and maintain medical protocols for diagnosis, control and treatment of animal diseases and parasites. 

The curator will oversee the maintenance, repair and operation of animal life support systems. Knowledge of high rate sand filters, fluidized sand filters, foam fractionators, ozone generators, reverse osmosis units, protein skimmers, UV sterilizers, heat exchangers, chillers, and pumps is a necessity. The curator will be required to design and construct life support systems for both holding and exhibit enclosures. The curator will work as part of a team representing the husbandry component to design and construct new exhibits. The curator will provide direction for and has oversight of all water quality testing, analysis and record keeping.

The curator will select, train, motivate, and supervise a team of 18 staff including the Assistant Husbandry Curator, the STAR Center Manager, horticultural staff, aquarists, and temporary staff plus interns and volunteers. 

Planning husbandry unit goals, priorities and objectives, as well as annual budget is a primary duty. The curator will present animal husbandry and related educational programs and represent the aquarium at civic/professional events. The curator will work with staff and outside partners on conservation and research programs for the aquarium. Weekend, evening, night and holiday work will be required. Occasionally 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, 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.**

1. Experience with the care of aquatic animals and plants, including fresh and saltwater fish, reptiles, birds, amphibians and invertebrates at a museum, public aquarium or zoo.

2. Experience with plumbing, electrical and mechanical aspects of life support systems at a museum, public aquarium or zoo.  

3. Experience using water quality testing laboratory equipment.

4. Experience with animal training, enrichment, and/ or behavioral conditioning.

5. Experience with animal welfare evaluation.

6. Valid SCUBA certification from a recognized SCUBA certification agency.


Master’s degree in biology, education, history, museum studies, zoology, or a curriculum related to area of expertise from an appropriately accredited institution, and six years of experience in assigned specialty area, two of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; 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:

Ruth Evans
NC Aquariums Division
(919) 877-5500, ext. 228

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


©   North Carolina Aquariums. All rights reserved. : :  Memphis Web Design by Speak