Gopher Frog Technician

JOB TITLE: Museum Technician I Working Title: Conservation & Research Tech
VACANCY #:60093251
DIVISION: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
SALARY GRD/RANGE:   GN05 
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $11.32 hourly
APPT TYPE: Temporary
CLOSING DATE: 1.18.2022
LOCATION: New Hanover County

*** Position will function as Gopher Frog Technician***

Seasonal position; hours may vary per week; classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits.

Recommended applicant will be subject to a background check

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:

This position will work under the supervision of both the Aquarium Curator and Assistant Aquarium Curator.  All aspects of animal care will be required.   Primary responsibilities include: Collection of Carolina gopher frog eggs, feeding and daily care during all life stages, release/re-introduction of frogs to their natal grounds, monitoring water quality parameters, recognizing symptoms of disease and poor amphibian health, maintaining accurate records.   All duties will be conducted under the guidance of NC WRC and appropriate permits.

Job Requirements/KSA:

• Knowledge/experience with amphibian husbandry, preferably propagation experience

• Ability to communicate effectively with regulatory and aquarium staff

• Ability to maintain accurate and complete records of all animal care processes

• Must be able to work in harsh conditions experienced while in the field or at the Aquarium

• Experience with electronic databases. Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds

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: 

Must submit State Application form pd-107.  Applications may be submitted by mail, email or fax.   NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Attn: Personnel, 900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach, NC 28449, Fax (910) 458-6812 or [email protected] .  Electronic applications will NOT be accepted without signature.   Please include your email and phone # on application. Applicants selected for an in-person interview must prepare a 5-10-minute presentation.

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. 

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