Special Activities Instructor

JOB TITLE: Museum Technician I Working Title: Special Activities Instructor
VACANCY # 60093247
APPT TYPE: Temporary
DIVISION: NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores
LOCATION: Carteret County
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $11.32 per hour
CLOSING DATE: 4/9/2021

This is a seasonal position; hours may vary per week. It is classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits. There are currently 2 positions available.

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.

Description of Work:

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores seeks talented, enthusiastic instructors to assist with a wide range of programs and activities. The Special Activities branch of the Aquarium’s Education Department offers fee-based programs and activities to school groups and the general public, both on-site and virtually. This position will be responsible for leading paid activities and assisting with interpretive interaction with guests at the Aquarium as needed. This includes, but is not limited to: birthday parties, behind the scenes tours, live animal presentations, touch pool activities, camps, and outdoor recreation programs.  Work hours vary each week based on programming and educational needs and may range from 16 to 32 hours a week. Position requires a flexible work schedule that may include long workdays, · some outdoors in summer heat for hours at a time. Position requires weekdays, weekends, and some nights.  Applicants must possess, or obtain, a valid driver’s license, be able to lift 40 lbs., and be comfortable handling live animals.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

·Demonstrated experience with public speaking and presentation skills.

· Knowledge and understanding of coastal ecology and general biology.

· Commitment to education partnered with a strong work ethic with an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

· Safety minded with experience working around the water.

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.


Graduation or enrollment in a Bachelor of Science or Arts in education, marine biology, biology, parks and recreation, environmental studies, or related field experience.

How to Apply Mail:

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

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores 
Attn: Wayne Justice, Special Activities Coordinator
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd. Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

Please complete the state application form completely and indicate the desired position on the 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. However, cover letters or resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the state application form 

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)

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