Outreach Assistant

JOB TITLE: Outreach Assistant
VACANCY #: 60093235
DIVISION: NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $11.32 hourly
APPT TYPE: Temporary
CLOSING DATE: June 21, 2019
LOCATION: Carteret Co.

*This is an 11-month position, eligible for rehire after a mandatory 31-day break.  It is an hourly position with a maximum of 32 hours per week and is classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits. 

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 middle of Roosevelt Natural Area, a state park of maritime forest and wetland ecosystems. 


The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores seeks a talented, enthusiastic interpreter to lead groups of all ages in a wide range of educational programs and activities. The Outreach Assistant will enhance and expand the important education mission of the Aquariums by taking creative education programs "on the road" to serve groups who are not able to come to the Aquarium.  This includes, but is not limited to, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, daycares and preschools, summer camps, and festivals. 

This position's duties include developing, promoting, preparing, presenting, and evaluating a variety of education programs on native North Carolina species and habitats that can be presented off-site. The position also assists the Outreach Coordinator with research and the development of new programs utilizing creative interpretive aids to make education fun and engaging for a variety of audiences, as well as evaluating these programs for effectiveness.

The Outreach Assistant is responsible for proper care, husbandry, transport and security of live animals over extended periods of time and, at times, overnight.  Program animals vary but may include marine invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.

Position requires frequent travel, including overnight visits, weekend work, and the ability to work independently and meet deadlines. As a member of the Education Team, this position assists with Aquarium-based programs, teacher workshops, the free-flighted summer bird program, helps with special education events; staff the touch pool, discovery carts and floor programs. The instructor also represents the Aquarium at fairs, festivals, science fairs, and career days, as well as state and regional environmental education conferences. Weekend, evening, and holiday work may be required. 


Excellent presentation and programming skills are required. Prior experience in educational program design and presentation preferred.  Must be capable of working cooperatively with others and also working independently. Must be creative, enthusiastic with a positive attitude, and have good organization skills. 

This is a very physically demanding position and the qualified candidate must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds and stand for long hours at a time.

Must have a good driving record and valid state license.

Training and Experience

• High School or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and one year of experience as related to knowledge, skills, and abilities in area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Preferred: Prior experience presenting live animals in an informal education setting. Prior experience with marine science programming a plus.

How to Apply

Mail, fax or deliver a completed PD-107 State Application for Employment to the address below by 

5 p.m. on the closing date. 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. For more information, contact Samantha Betancur at 252-247-4003, ext. 283

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).

Samantha Betancur, Outreach Coordinator
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
Fax: 252-247-0663

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