Aquarium Director

JOB TITLE: Aquarium Director
VACANCY #:  60034906
DIVISION: NC Aquarium – Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium
SALARY GRD/RANGE:   GN14/ $51,895 - $93,346
HIRING RANGE:   $51,895 - $81,901
APPT TYPE: Perm Full Time
CLOSING DATE:  1/23/2019
LOCATION: Carteret County


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 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 Knoll Shores, located 5 miles east of Morehead City, NC, overlooks the Bogue Sound from its location in the Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area. A living collection of over 2900 animals in 92,000 ft2 of exhibit space attracts and engages over 375,000 visitors each year. The Aquarium is surrounded by protected woodland, with nature trails and boardwalks to the Sound.  The Atlantic Ocean is a short distance away and draws seasonal visitors to the coast and to the Aquarium.


This position is responsible for effectively and efficiently managing the operations, budget and staff of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.  Responsibilities include managing all activities at the public aquarium such as staff selection, development and supervision; strategic planning and goal setting; purchasing equipment and supplies; managing the budget and establishing priorities; overseeing technical aquatic life systems; and providing leadership and direction for educational exhibits, programs and special activities.  Position also provides leadership on physical improvements, expansion planning and supervising capital improvement projects.  In addition, the position serves as the liaison with media, community groups, businesses and public interest groups and provides assistance to the North Carolina Aquarium Society in fund raising and development; and proactive marketing and publicizing of aquarium projects and programs.


**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. Demonstrated advanced knowledge of public standards and trends at an aquarium, zoo, museum, park, nature center or related facility; as well as principles of marine ecology, marine biology, and/or science education. 

2. Experience in budget management, which includes monitoring budget and receipts, implementing annual plans, and procuring goods and services to meet program needs. 

3. Experience in conservation and informal education in an aquarium, zoo, museum, park, nature center or related facility. 

4. Demonstrated ability in interacting with leadership, community groups, advisory committees, researchers and/or the general public. 

5. Demonstrated skills in strategic planning and goal setting. 

6. Experience leading and managing staff, such as work planning, performance evaluation and staff coaching.


Bachelor's degree in marine science, biology, zoology, science education, resource management or related field from an appropriately accredited institution and six years of management and administrative/supervisory experience at an aquarium, museum, zoo or related facility; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


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

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.

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. 

Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application. To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders. 

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

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.

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).


N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
4603 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4603
Phone:  919-814-6670

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