Education Intern

JOB TITLE: Museum Technician I Working Title:  Education Intern 
VACANCY #:     60093214
DIVISION: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
SALARY GRD/RANGE:    $12.00/hour  
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $12.00 hourly
APPT TYPE: Temporary
LOCATION: New Hanover County

***Position will function as an Onsite Education Intern for the Education Department ***

This is an hourly 16-week position; 3-4 days a week with 32 hours per week maximum beginning in early January.  Start date and schedule will be set upon hire.  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:

The Education Intern will observe, teach, and evaluate onsite programs including auditorium programs, animal encounters, and floor programs. They will use virtual and onsite training to learn more about the principles of interpretation, and learn to safely handle and present live animals to the general public. They will provide interpretation and customer service at several stations around the Aquarium including the Touch Pool, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Otters, Bald Eagle, and Box Turtles. They will research, complete, and present a project with guidance from staff and supervisor in the education department, and assist with other educational programs as needed, including onsite and virtual camps. This position will include workdays on weekends, evenings and holidays. 

Job Requirements:

•    Excellent written and oral communication skills.  

•    Interest in presenting natural science and conservation topics to visitors.

•    Strong work ethic and positive attitude

•    Excellent Interpersonal Skills. 

Minimum Education and Experience: 

High school or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and one year of experience as a volunteer, manager, or working in an informal learning environment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply: 

Must submit State Application form pd-107 which can be found at (scroll down to navy blue box titled Online Services).  Applications may be submitted by mail, fax or delivery.   NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Attn: Hiring Manager, 900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach, NC 28449, Fax (910) 458-6812. Email: [email protected] Please include your email and phone # on 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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