Husbandry Technician

JOB TITLE:   Museum Technician I                                           
WORKING TITLE:  Husbandry Technician
VACANCY #:  60093231    
DIVISION:  North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $13.00 per hour                               
APPT TYPE:         Temporary
CLOSING DATE: 11/25/2022
LOCATION:          Carteret County

This is an 11-month temporary position with a maximum of 40 hours per week. 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 our 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 Pine Knoll Shores is located 6 miles from Morehead City, NC, on Bogue Banks, sits adjacent to Bogue Sound. A living collection of over 4,500 animals in 90,000 square feet of exhibit space attracts and engages over 400,000 visitors each year. The Aquarium is located in the Roosevelt Natural Area, a state park of maritime forest and wetland ecosystems. 

Description of Work:

Primary duties for this position include coverage responsibilities for the Aquarium’s full-time husbandry staff. The husbandry technician will be responsible for assisting aquarists and horticulturalist in a variety of tasks revolving around the care and maintenance of the many fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and plants at the Aquarium.  The typical schedule for this position is a Sunday through Thursday work week.  Weekend and holiday work will be a large component of this position.  

The position will perform the following essential functions:

• Public speaking and interacting with visitors

• Working in hot, humid and wet conditions

• Climbing ladders, swimming and bend up and down

• Lifting as much as 50 lbs.

• Possessing a valid driver’s license

• Degree in one of the natural sciences such as aquaculture, fisheries management, biology, marine biology, ecology, chemistry or a similar area of study or an equivalent combination of training and experience is preferred.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with aquatic and terrestrial animal husbandry
  • Experience maintaining aquatic animal life support systems
  • Experience with cleaning habitats, holding systems and behind the scenes areas
  • Experience with food preparation and feeding animals
  • Experience with water chemistry analysis
  •  Experience with database record keeping

Education and Experience:

High school or General Education Development (GED) diploma and one year of experience as related to the knowledge, skills and abilities in the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply:

Mail, fax or deliver a completed PD-107 State Application for Employment to the address below by 5:00 p.m. 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 and 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).

A North Carolina State Application Form PD-107 is required and may be downloaded form 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. 

Submit State of NC Applications for Employment to:

Trent Boyette, Assistant Aquarium Curator
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC  28512
FAX: 252-247-0663

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