Education Intern

JOB TITLE: Admin Associate I    
WORKING TITLE: Education Intern
VACANCY #: 65013552
DIVISION: NC Aquarium Jennette’s Pier
APPT TYPE: Temporary (3 months)
CLOSING DATE: 4/2/23 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Dare County

Department Information:

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) takes care of the things that people love about North Carolina, literally from A to Z. The Arts to the Zoo, and so much else – parks, aquariums, historic sites, archaeology, African American Heritage Commission, science and history museums, the state Symphony, Library and Archives, historic preservation, land and water stewardship, and more. These places, and the ideas they represent, create a shared identity in North Carolina. They provide common ground. Everyone is welcome. The Department’s 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 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. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.  

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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 Aquariums’ Jennette’s Pier is in Nags Head, NC on 6 acres of prime oceanfront property overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  The 16,000 square-foot pier house and 1000-foot-long fishing pier with three wind turbines is a platinum LEED certified facility that demonstrates sustainable design to the nearly 200,000 guests it attracts annually.  This unique educational facility offers a variety of programs, interactive and live animal exhibits, recreational fishing opportunities, public access to the beaches, a platform for ocean observing and marine research and a stunning reception hall available for public and private events to enhance the visitor experience.

Description of Work:

This is a seasonal position, slated to be filled late-May through early-August 2023.

Reporting directly to the Outreach Coordinator, this fast-paced, high energy seasonal position is responsible for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive set of youth and adult programs and field experiences for a range of audiences. These experiences include day programs and week-long summer camps. Position is responsible for ensuring that programs are operated safely and in accordance with NC Aquariums guidelines and procedures. This position will be required to work outdoors and be able to assist in kayaking, surf lessons, stand-up paddleboard lessons and fishing programs. This position will be responsible for presenting age-appropriate curriculum specific to school programs; serving as a resource for teachers and community members; evaluating education programs for effectiveness; and working with interns, and volunteers.  Position works 40 hours per week and must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Job Requirements:

This employee must be self-directed and capable of working independently. A high degree of resourcefulness and problem-solving skills are necessary for the employee to maintain public contact and respond to group requests. The employee must have good judgment, be knowledgeable about existing programs and procedures and be flexible. This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of natural history, environmental and marine education is also required.  Interpersonal skills, time management, leadership, research, planning and organizing are additional skills needed for this position.

• Must meet DNCR Fleet Safety Guidelines and have ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license. 

• If selected for hire, prior to first day of work a background check will be completed. 

• A skills assessment may be conducted during the interviewing process for this position.

Minimum Education and Experience: 

High school or General Educational Development (GED) diploma; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are required and must be listed on your application form.

• Experience working with the public.

• Experience in a customer service role.

• Experience teaching in an informal setting such as a camp, zoo, aquarium, museum, or other community organization.

• Experience working with school-aged children.

The following skills and/or current certifications are preferred but not required: 

Lifeguard Certification, kayak/stand-up paddle boarding experience, water safety skills, comfortable in the ocean, and a working knowledge of Outer Banks flora and fauna, and a degree (or pursuit of a degree) in Biology, Marine Sciences, Natural Resources, or a related field. Candidates must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be able to spend extended periods of time outdoors.

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.

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).

Mail, fax, or email completed applications to:

Name: Meredith Fish
Address: Jennette’s Pier
7223 S Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
[email protected]