Special Activities Instructor

Job Title: Natural Science Curator I
Working Title: Special Activities Instructor
Vacancy: 60093210
Division: Aquarium
Salary Grade/Range: 65 $33,001 - $50,881
Recruitment Range: $33,001 - $34,651
 Appt. Type: Perm Full-Time
Closing Date: 4/29/2016
 Location: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

** POSITION WILL FUNCTION AS SPECIAL ACTIVITIES INSTRUCTOR FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM AT FORT FISHER IN KURE BEACH, NC

Recruitment Range: $33,001 - $34,651

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.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
Working Title: Special Activities Instructor
Reporting directly to the Education Curator, this position is responsible for the development and presentation of fee-based, educational programs to public visitors, school groups and special interest audiences. This position will also provide information to the public on a variety of aquatic, marine, coastal and regional topics through programs, printed materials, telephone, individual contacts and electronic communication.

Primary job duties include conducting on and off-site fee-based programs aligned with aquarium, division and department missions. Engaging, interactive, and scientifically accurate programs are delivered independently and in collaboration with other aquarium staff. This employee must be able to speak enthusiastically, professionally, accurately and articulately to individuals and large groups in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. In addition to teaching the majority of Special Activities programming, this employee will also maintain equipment and supplies for those programs. This employee may conduct public programs, classroom activities, impromptu exhibit talks and smart cart presentations.

Client-driven programs will be developed based on current trends in education, program evaluation and revenue generation. Program development involves assessing audience needs and responding with appropriate program content and materials, and structuring programs to meet operational costs while also meeting audience needs. Development occurs through collaboration with Special Activities Coordinator and involvement in other professional organizations. This employee ensures programs are developed to satisfy program participants while maintaining scientific accuracy, meeting organizational goals and generating revenue. Weekend and holidays work hours are required. Must meet DNCR 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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
**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**

In order to qualify for this position you must meet ALL the following KSA's listed below:
1. Experience in design, development and presentation of effective and engaging education programs in an informal setting at a zoo, aquarium, nature center, or museum setting.
2. Experience presenting live animals with an emphasis on native NC species
3. Experience in teaching outdoor experience programs with environmental and marine education
4. Experience working with general audiences of all ages and formal school groups.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in marine biology, biology, zoology, environmental science, environmental education 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.

SUPPLEMENTAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION:
To apply for this position, please click the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina

All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application.

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

DNCR 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
NC Aquariums Division
(919) 877-5500, ext. 230

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