Husbandry and Dive Assistant

JOB TITLE:   Museum Technician I          Working Title: Husbandry and Dive Assistant
VACANCY # 60092963 and 6009296
DIVISION/AQUARIUM:  North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $14.00 hourly             
APPT TYPE: Temporary
OPEN UNTIL FILLED                                             
LOCATION:  Dare County

***Position will function as Husbandry and Dive Assistant***

This is an hourly, temporary 11-month position.  It is classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits. Schedule will be set upon hire.  Up to 40 hours per week. Weekend and holiday work will be a large component of this position. Occasional evening work may also be required.

Description of Work:

Primary duties for this position are to provide support and coverage to the Aquarium’s husbandry and team. The position will be responsible for assisting aquarists, herpetologist, and aviculturist/mammologist in a variety of tasks required for the care and maintenance of the Aquarium’s living collections. Additionally, this role will be responsible for assisting with; daily dive operation logistics for staff/volunteer  divers by conducting surface support tasks, dive up to three times per day in aquarium with sharks, conduct aquarium habitat and animal husbandry tasks at surface and while diving, conduct educational presentations in full-face mask for visitors and special events, assist with the care and maintenance of dive program equipment, and keep timely records via hard-copy forms.

The selected candidate must possess the initiative and confidence to work with a minimum of direct supervision. They must have excellent communication skills and the flexibility to adapt the daily workload to changing conditions.

The position will perform the following essential functions under the supervision of the Curatorial staff, husbandry team and horticulture team:

·       Maintaining and cleaning select animal exhibits, animal holding tanks and behind the scenes workspaces.

·       Preparing animal diets and feeding select animals.

·       Animal habitat water quality analysis.

·       Public speaking; both formal and informal interactions with visitors.

·       Maintaining detailed, accurate, and up-to-date records.

·       Comply with NCA Dive Manual

·       Performing surface support for a variety of dive operations

·       Performing working diver role to complete a variety of aquarium habitat and animal husbandry tasks.

·       Conduct educational presentations using a full-face mask.

·       Pass the following within the first month of employment; NCA dive medical assessment, DAN Diving First Aid for Professional Divers Course, and NCA Scuba and Hookah Diving Assessments. 

·       Additional duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

This position will require work in hot, humid, cold, and wet indoor and outdoor conditions. 

This position will require lifting heavy items (approximately 50 pounds), climbing ladders, walking and standing for extended periods of time, bending, kneeling, squatting, reaching and crawling, and work at heights indoors.  

This position may require occasional weekend and holiday work.

Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·       Experience with aquatic or terrestrial animal husbandry, including aquatic life support systems or associated water chemistry preferred.

·       Certification as a Rescue Diver, or above, from a nationally recognized organization or member of the Recreational SCUBA Training Council (RSTC)

·       Ability to collaborate, communicate and work effectively in a team environment or independently.

Minimum Education and Experience:

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


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 and working to conserve aquatic environments.

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is located in Manteo, NC and is nine miles from the Atlantic coastline in Nags Head.  The 61,000 square-foot facility overlooks the Croatan Sound and houses over 1600 animals in its collection. Over 280,000 guests visit the aquarium each year to see the largest collection of sharks in North Carolina, learn about sea turtle conservation, participate in a variety of programs, enjoy the beauty of the area, and think about how special North Carolina’s waterways are.

How to Apply:

A North Carolina State Application Form State Application form pd-107A 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).

Leslie Vegas

Assistant Aquarium Curator

[email protected]

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954

Fax: 252-473-1980