Conservation and Research Coordinator

JOB TITLE: Natural Science Research Curator II

WORKING TITLE: Conservation and Research Coordinator

VACANCY #: 60034946

DIVISION: Aquarium

SALARY GRD/RANGE: 72 $42,667.00 – $69,177.00

APPT TYPE: Perm. Full-Time


LOCATION: Carteret

*** Position will function as Conservation Research Coordinator for the North Carolina Aquariums & Pier***


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.

This position reports to the Aquarium Division Director’s office located at 3125 Poplarwood Court, Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina as well as the seat of Wake County. The Raleigh office provides administrative support to the three Aquariums and Pier located at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores, Roanoke Island and Nags Head. The work location for this position is at Morehead City, Carteret County.


Reporting directly to the Aquarium Division Director, this position is responsible for managing, organizing, implementing, facilitating and coordinating Aquarium-related and Aquarium-sponsored conservation and research projects. This will include working with the Aquariums’ Conservation Advisory Committee and Aquarium Directors in implementing the Aquariums’ Conservation Program, writing proposals for grant funding, encouraging appropriate research by scientists from other organizations, facilitating the work of those scientists at the Aquariums and Pier, serving as liaison between visiting scientists and the Aquariums and Pier, conducting original research, providing expertise in marine science and conservation, establishing and representing the Aquariums/Pier on appropriate boards and committees. This position will manage and coordinate the Aquariums’ conservation funds, including administering grant funds to approved conservation projects. This position will also present, and work with researchers to present, the results of Aquarium conservation research efforts to the public. Weekend, evening and holiday work may be required. In the future, this position may become a joint position with a partnering program of the UNC system. The preferred candidate will possess a PhD in Biology, Zoology, or related science, demonstrate published research related to species conservation, and have collaborated on research with aquariums, zoos, universities, wildlife agencies, etc. Requires occasional driving state vehicle to and from facilities. Must meet DENR Fleet Safety Guidelines and have ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license.

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. Any information omitted from the application, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.**

1. Experience creating, implementing and managing conservation research projects.

2. Experience in the scientific method of conducting research.

3. Experience managing budgets and grants.

4. Experience working with partners on field conservation and research projects.

5. Experience writing grants.


Possession of a master’s degree in Biology, Zoology, or a science curriculum related to the area of expertise and three years of experience in specialty area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


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

Persons eligible for Veteran’s preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.

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.

Persons eligible for Veteran’s preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.

DENR uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For additional information, please contact:

Georgia MacBride

North Carolina Aquariums Division

(919) 877-5500, ext. 230