Assistant Aquarist

JOB TITLE:   Museum Technician I Working Title:  Assistant Aquarist
VACANCY # 60092976
DIVISION/AQUARIUM:  North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $11.32 per hour             
APPT TYPE: Temporary
CLOSING DATE: 9/17/2021
LOCATION: Dare County

***Position will function as Assistant Aquarist***

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 on Roanoke Island is located in Manteo, NC, nine miles from the Atlantic coastline in Nags Head. The 61,000 square-foot facility is sited on 16 acres overlooking the Croatan Sound and houses over 2200 animals. More than 280,000 guests visit the aquarium each year to see a large array of sharks, learn about sea turtle conservation, participate in a variety of programs, enjoy the beauty of the area, and learn why North Carolina’s waterways are so special.

Description of Work:

Primary duties for this position are to provide support and coverage for the Aquarium’s full-time/permanent husbandry staff. The husbandry technician will be responsible for assisting aquarists, herpetologist, horticulturist and aviculturist in a variety of tasks required for the care and maintenance of the many fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds at the Aquarium.  This position will have an emphasis on jellyfish care and aquatic food culturing.  

The position will perform the following essential functions:

• Maintaining and cleaning exhibits, holding tanks and behind the scenes areas

• Food preparation and feeding animals

• Water chemistry analysis

• Public speaking and interacting with visitors

• Keeping accurate records

• This position may require work in hot, humid and wet conditions.  This position may require lifting heavy items (approximately 50 pounds), climbing ladders, swimming and bending up and down. 

• Must possess a valid driver’s license

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

• Experience with aquatic or terrestrial animal husbandry.  

• Training or experience in maintaining life support systems or associated water chemistry.

• SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized organization is preferred. 

• Exceptional communication skills. 

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.

How to Apply:

A North Carolina State Application Form PD-107 is required, and may be downloaded from the NC Office of State Personnel website at  A cover letter and resume may also be submitted, but will NOT be accepted in lieu of the NC State Application PD-107 form.  Applications which do not include the applicant’s signature are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

Applications may be submitted by mail, email, or fax by 5:00 on the closing date of the posting:

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.  When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.   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).

Joleena Jewell
Assistant Aquarium Curator
[email protected]
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Fax: 252-473-1980

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