Husbandry Intern

JOB TITLE:   General Utility Worker/ Husbandry Intern                                      
VACANCY #   60093254
DIVISION:  North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $8.25 per hour                               
APPT TYPE:         Temporary
CLOSING DATE:  March 6, 2020              
LOCATION:         Carteret County

This internship is a paid, seasonal position with a maximum of 40 hours per week and does not include State benefits. A typical work schedule is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including weekends, holidays and possibly evenings.

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 is located 6 miles from Morehead City, NC, on Bogue Banks, sits adjacent to Bogue Sound. A living collection of over 2,500 animals in 90,000 square feet of exhibit space attracts and engages over 400,000 visitors each year. The Aquarium is located in the Roosevelt Natural Area, a state park of maritime forest and wetland ecosystems. 


The husbandry intern position is responsible for assisting our animal care staff in a variety of tasks revolving around the care and maintenance of the many fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds and plants exhibited at the Aquarium.

This position performs the following essential functions:

•             Cleaning animal habitats and holding areas

•             Diet preparation and feeding

•             Performing water quality tests

•             Assisting with medical care

•             Maintaining exhibit and life support systems

•             Conducting record-keeping

The husbandry intern works outdoors, in possible adverse conditions, such as high temperatures and humidity. This position may require lifting heavy items (approx. 50 pounds) and climbing ladders.  

Training, Experience and Job Requirements

Education and/or experience in the performance of a variety of manual tasks that is directly related to the job and consistent with accepted practices of the trade equivalent to one year of experience.


• 2 years of college completed

• Degrees must be in one of the following fields of study; Aquaculture, Aquarium Science, Marine Science, Fisheries Science, Marine Biology, Biology, Ecology 

• Must have a valid driver’s license

• Experience in Aquatic animal care

How to Apply

Mail, fax or deliver a completed PD-107 State Application for Employment.  Emailed applications will not be accepted.  Use the following link or  Send applications to the address below by 5 p.m. on the closing date.

The Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (DNCR) uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants.  Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institution. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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).

All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit.   Incomplete application forms will not be accepted. A cover letter and resume may be submitted along with the completed application.  However, cover letters or resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application form. Please complete the state application form completely and indicate the desired position on the application. 

Trent Boyette/Assistant Aquarium Curator
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
Fax: 252-247-0663

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