Job Title: Natural Science Curator I

Working Title: Educator

Vacancy #: 60034896

Division: Aquarium

Salary Grade/Range: 65 $33,001 – $50,881

Recruiting Range: $33,001 – $34,466

Appt. Type: Perm Full-Time

Closing Date: 1/21/15

Location: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher


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.


Reporting directly to the Education Curator, this position is responsible for developing and presenting educational programs to the public and aquarium visitors, to school groups and special interest groups. The Educator will present public programs on environmental and marine science topics multiple times daily, prepare printed materials, respond to visitor questions, utilize electronic communication systems, and will be responsible for designing and creating new programs incorporating a variety of experiential learning methods including science, arts, theater, and music. Primary job duties include preparing and giving public programs using live animals, designing and coordinating new programs and special events for the public, utilizing technology and A/V equipment to develop and conduct presentations; facilitating exhibit talks using biofacts and live animals; preparing and presenting age-appropriate curriculum specific to school programs; serving as a resource for teachers and community members, including implementing teacher workshops; evaluating education programs for effectiveness; and training, supervising and evaluating interns, volunteers, and seasonal education staff. This position works cooperatively with other departments to achieve the overall mission of the Aquarium. Evening, weekend and holiday work is required.

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**

1. Demonstrated experience in developing and presenting effective and engaging public programs in an informal setting, preferably in a zoo, aquarium, nature center, or museum setting.

2. Demonstrated experience presenting live animals and responding to questions from large audiences, with an emphasis on native NC species.

3. Demonstrated experience in educational program design and assembly related to marine or aquatic sciences.


Graduation from a four year college or university with a major in Biology, Zoology, Botany or other natural science curriculum related to the area of assignment and one year of experience in a natural science field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.


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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, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment 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:

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