Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Technician

JOB TITLE:   Museum Technician I Working Title:  Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Technician
VACANCY # 60092972
DIVISION/AQUARIUM:  North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
SALARY GRD/RANGE:   GN05
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $12.32 per hour
APPT TYPE: Temporary
CLOSING DATE: 6/4/2021
LOCATION: Dare County

***Position will function as Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Technician***

This is an 11-month temporary position.  It is classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits. Weekend, evening, and holiday work will be a large component of this position, including on-call shifts.

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 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.

Description of Work:

Primary duties for this position include coverage responsibilities for the Aquarium’s full-time sea turtle rehabilitation staff. The sea turtle rehabilitation technician will also be responsible for assisting, as needed, all aquarists, herpetologists, horticulturists and aviculturists in a variety of tasks revolving around the care and maintenance of the many fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds at the Aquarium. 

The position will perform the following essential functions under the supervision of the Curatorial staff and the STAR center manager:

• Maintain and clean exhibits, holding tanks and work areas.

• Complete daily observations and maintain daily & long-term records of all husbandry and veterinary care.

• Assist in planning, preparation and feeding of daily diets.

• Collaborate with veterinary staff to determine rehab patient needs & assist with or perform medical care as directed by veterinarians.

• Supervise and train volunteers in sea turtle husbandry.

• Become comfortable with basic laboratory equipment to assist with diagnostic sample preparation and routine water quality analysis.

• Assisting with and responding to stranding events, animal rescues and providing rehabilitation services to stranded marine mammals, sea turtles and other aquatic animals, as necessary.

• Work on-call shifts to admit rehab patients and/or respond to emergencies.

• Interact with and educate visitors during scheduled and impromptu programming.

• Understand state and federal permit regulations, stranding network forms, species identification, and basic sea turtle life history and anatomy.

• Additional duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements:

This position may require work in hot, humid, wet and outdoor conditions.  This position may require lifting heavy items (approximately 50 pounds), climbing ladders, swimming, and bending up and down. This position will require weekend, evening, and holiday work. Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

• Experience working in aquatic or terrestrial animal husbandry.  

• Training or experience in maintaining life support systems or associated water chemistry.

• Ability to collaborate, communicate and work effectively in a team environment.

Minimum Education and Experience:

High school or General Educational Development (GED) diploma and two years of experience related to knowledge, skills, and abilities; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: Completion of a four-year degree in one of the natural sciences. SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized organization. Candidates should have demonstrated experience in sea turtle rehabilitation and in the husbandry of multiple taxa.

How to Apply:

A North Carolina State Application Form PD-107 is required, and may be downloaded from the NC Office of State Human Resources website at NC State Government Paper Application for Employment (PD-107).  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.

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).

Joleena Jewell
Assistant Aquarium Curator
[email protected]
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Fax: 252-473-1980

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