Outreach Intern

JOB TITLE: General Utility Worker
WORKING TITLE:  Outreach Intern
VACANCY #: 60092988
DIVISION: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
SALARY GRD/RANGE: GN03
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $8.25/hourly
APPT TYPE:  Temporary
CLOSING DATE: 02/28/2019
LOCATION:  New Hanover Co.

***Position Will function as an Outreach Intern for the education Department through the O’Loughlin Aquarium Leadership Internship***

This is an hourly 12-week position; 4 days a week with 24 hours per week from mid-May to early August. It 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 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:

Outreach is responsible for presenting a variety of educational programs for schools, preschools, daycares, summer camps, senior care facilities, and community groups. This position will represent the Aquarium at off-site locations in the community and may include fairs and festivals. The outreach intern will be responsible for presenting outreach programming, assisting with animal care, maintaining organization of outreach program materials, completing weekly assignments to gain knowledge of the aquarium, and will work with a mentor to develop an Aquarium project. This position will include workdays on weekends, evenings, and holidays. The position requires daily travel using a state-owned vehicle.

Job Requirements:

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Interest in presenting public programs and working with live animals

• Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and efficient time management

• Ability to work alone and as a part of the outreach education team

• Basic knowledge of NC coastal species and resources

• Ability to frequently lift up to 25 lbs. and stand for extended periods of time

• Valid driver’s license with a good driving record

Applicants must be currently enrolled in college, or a recent college graduate; majoring in education, marine biology, biology, environmental studies, parks and recreation, or a related field.

Education and Experience:

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 experience.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit State Application form PD-107 which can be found at www.oshr.nc.gov (scroll down to navy blue box titled Quick Links). Applications may be submitted by mail, email, or fax. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Attn: Personnel, 900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach, NC 28449, Fax (910) 458-6812 or [email protected] . Electronic applications will not be accepted without signature. Please include your email and phone # on your application.

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 institutions. 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).

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