Husbandry Technician

JOB TITLE:   Natural Science Technician/Husbandry Technician
VACANCY #   60092971
DIVISION/AQUARIUM:  North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $11.32 per hour                   
APPT TYPE:         Temporary
CLOSING DATE:  10/13/17
LOCATION:         Dare County

***Position will function as Assistant Aquarist***

This is an 11-month temporary position; hours may vary per week.  It is classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits. Weekend and holiday work will be a large component of this position. Occasional evening work may also be required.

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 and working to conserve aquatic environments.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is located in Manteo, NC and is nine miles from the Atlantic coastline in Nags Head.  The 61,000 square-foot facility overlooks the Croatan Sound and houses over 1600 animals in its collection. Over 280,000 guests visit the aquarium each year to see the largest collection of sharks in North Carolina, learn about sea turtle conservation, participate in a variety of programs, enjoy the beauty of the area, and think about how special North Carolina’s waterways are.

Description of Work:

Primary duties for this position include coverage responsibilities for the Aquarium’s full-time husbandry staff. The husbandry technician will be responsible for assisting aquarists, herpetologist, horticulturalist and aviculturist in a variety of tasks revolving around the care and maintenance of the many fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds at the Aquarium.

The position will perform the following essential functions:

Maintaining and cleaning exhibits, holding tanks and behind the scenes areas

Food preparation and feeding animals

Water chemistry analysis

Public speaking and interacting with visitors

Keeping accurate records

This position may require work in hot, humid and wet conditions.  This position may require lifting heavy items (approximately 50 pounds), climbing ladders, swimming and bending up and down.

Must possess a valid driver’s license

Minimum Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school and two years of experience in natural science museum work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply:

Mail, fax or deliver a completed PD-107 State Application for Employment to the address below by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date of the posting.

Official vacancy announcement at:

Application are available here:

All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. A resume and cover letter may be submitted along with the completed state application.
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).

Allen McDowell
Associate Director/ Director of Husbandry and Operations
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Fax: 252-473-1980


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