Special Activities Intern

JOB TITLE:  Special Activities Intern VACANCY #: 60093261
DIVISION: NC Aquarium Pine Knoll Shores
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $8.25 hourly
APPT TYPE: Temporary
CLOSING DATE: March 15, 2019
LOCATION: Carteret Co.

This is an hourly 15-week position; hours may vary per week. 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 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. 


Special Activities interns are responsible for presenting a variety of educational programs for aquarium visitors and the general public. This position will present live animal programs, assist with our summer camp program, and lead a variety of other paid programs including sleepovers, kayaking excursions, and behind the scenes tours. Interns will be responsible for answering visitor inquires, assisting with animal care, using electronic communication systems and working on a variety of special programs and projects. This position will include workdays on weekends, evenings and holidays. 

Experience and Education

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.


• Currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills.  

• Interest in presenting public programs. 

• Strong interest in working with live animals, especially reptiles. 

• Knowledge of NC coastal species and resources.

Encouraged: Prior animal handling and public speaking experience.  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, deliver or e-mail a completed PD-107 State Application for Employment to the address below by 5 p.m. on the closing date. Please indicate desired position on the state application form. 

For more information, contact Wayne Justice at 252-247-4003 ext. 227 or e-mail at: [email protected] 

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.

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