Special Activities Instructors

JOB TITLE: Museum Technician I
VACANCY # 60092985 & 60092986 (2 positions available)
DIVISION/AQUARIUM: North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
RECRUITMENT RANGE: $13.00 per hour
APPT TYPE: Temporary
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
LOCATION: Dare County

** Positions will function as Special Activities Instructors for the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island**
*This is an hourly position, generally working 30-40 hours per week. It is classified as temporary/part-time and does not include state benefits.*

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 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 is sited on 16 acres overlooking the Croatan Sound and houses over 1600 animals in its collection. Over 280,000 guests visit the aquarium each year to see a variety of animals, learn about sea turtle conservation, participate in educational programs, enjoy the beauty of the area, and think about how special North Carolina’s waterways are.

Description of Work:
This is a seasonal position, slated to be filled for the approximate duration of February through October 2023.

Special Activities at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island are hands-on programs with small groups of participants, ranging in duration from one to several hours at a time. Such programs include but are not limited to: children’s summer camps (one-day and week-long, non-residential), kayaking programs, stand-up paddle boarding, crabbing and fishing, marine animal programs, behind-the-scenes tours, toddler programs, birthday parties, overnight programs, dissection labs, beach ecology trips, and salt marsh field trips. Special Activities Instructors will lead these programs independently and co-lead summer camps. Instructors will work with permanent staff, interns, and occasionally volunteers, and are expected to uphold and encourage a positive and supportive work environment. All staff are required to follow DNCR guidelines regarding Covid-19 safety measures.

Applicants should be articulate, be enthusiastic, have a strong work ethic, be able to work well within a team, and be able to adapt to a rigorous and flexible schedule.

Essential Daily Responsibilities:

  • Co-lead daily summer camps, Monday-Friday
  • Independently conduct programs
  • Handle live animals while interpreting for programs
  • Drive a fifteen-passenger van for summer camp shuttle and field trips
  • Assist with interpretation in the Sea Senses touch pools gallery
  • Assist with staffing discovery carts and learning stations in public galleries
  • Other duties as assigned by the Education Curator or permanent Educators

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Candidates should be able to show through their record of work, education, and/or volunteer experience, and/or demonstrate in their interview the following:

  • Customer service experience
  • Experience presenting programs in either a formal setting or in an informal setting such as a camp, zoo, aquarium, museum, environmental education facility or other community organization
  • Experience working with school-aged children
  • CPR & First Aid certification (CPR/First Aid Certification must be obtained within the first month of employment, if not already acquired.)
  • Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain for employment

The following skills and/or current certifications are preferred but not required: Lifeguard Certification, kayak/stand-up paddle boarding experience, experience facilitating camps, water safety skills, animal handling experience, a working knowledge of Outer Banks flora and fauna, and completion of at least two years towards a degree in Biology, Marine Sciences, Environmental Education, Natural Resources, or a related field.

Weekend, evening, and holiday work required. Occasional travel is required for Aquarium programs.
Must meet DNCR Fleet Safety Guidelines and have ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.
Candidates must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be able to spend extended periods of time outdoors.
If selected for hire, a background check is required and must be completed prior to first day of work.

Minimum Education and Experience:
High school or General Educational Development (GED) 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:
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. All relevant experience must be included on the PD-107 State application form to receive proper credit. A resume and cover letter may be submitted along with the completed state application but will not take the place of the state application PD-107.

A North Carolina State Application Form PD-107 is required, and may be downloaded from the NC Office of State Personnel 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.

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:

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Attn: Beth Wilcox
P.O. Box 976
Manteo, NC 27954


Beth Wilcox
Special Activities Coordinator
[email protected]
Fax: 252-473-1980

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