Aquarist Technician

JOB TITLE:  Museum Technician I Working Title: Aquarist Technician
VACANCY #:  60093195
DIVISION:  NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
LOCATION:  New Hanover County
SALARY GRD/RANGE:   GN05 
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $13.00 hourly
APPT TYPE:  Temporary
CLOSING DATE: 06/16/2022

This is an 11-month temporary position; not to exceed 40 hours 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. 

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 is located 15 miles south of Wilmington, NC .in Kure Beach, NC. 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 maritime forest and wetland ecosystems adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean.

Description of Work:

The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hiring a 40 hour per week animal husbandry technician to support the ongoing needs of our animal collection.  This person will be a contributing member of the Husbandry team and will work under the supervision of both the Assistant Aquarium Curator and Aquarium Curator. This position will support the Aquarists in daily tasks, serve as coverage when staff are out and may eventually take on primary responsibility of some habitats. They will work directly with a diverse collection of aquatic and terrestrial species including, large alligators, saltwater and freshwater fish, sharks and stingrays, amphibians and other reptiles, marine invertebrates, birds, potentially otters. Additionally, they may also provide support for a seasonal lorikeet or butterfly habitat.  Responsibilities in the care of all animals in our collection include: 

• Preparing and feeding the animals within the Aquarium’s collection, 

• Cleaning and maintaining animal habitats and holding systems 

• Recognizing symptoms of disease and poor animal health 

• Maintaining life support systems 

• Maintaining accurate animal records

• Construction of new exhibits

• Acquisition of new animals 

• Potentially working with fish, elasmobranchs, marine invertebrates, reptiles/amphibians, bird, or otters

• Public speaking and interacting with visitors

Minimum Education 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.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

To qualify for this position, you must meet ALL the following KSA's listed below and they must be listed on your application: 

• Applicant must have thorough knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry care with a minimum of 100 hours working with animals in a public aquarium, zoo or museum setting.

• Demonstrated knowledge of behavior training in a public aquarium, zoo or museum.  

• Scuba certified, or the ability to obtain within six months of being offered employment.

• Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds

• Working in potentially hot, humid, and wet conditions

• Climbing ladders 

• Must Possess a valid driver’s license

• Requires working schedule that may include weekends and some holidays, occasional evening work  

• This is a 40-hour/week position classified as a temporary position and does not receive benefits. 

• Recommended applicant will be subject to a background check if selected for hire.

Prefer applicants with a four year degree from appropriately accredited college or university with a degree in Biology, Zoology, Botany or other natural sciences curriculum related to the area of assignment and one year of experience in a natural science field; 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 p.m. on the closing date: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Attn: Personnel, 900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach, NC 28449. Fax: (910) 458-6812. 

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).

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