Summer Special Activities Instructor

JOB TITLE: Museum Technician I
VACANCY # 60092961
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

** Position will function as Special Activities Instructor 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 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 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 May through August 2022.
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 paddleboarding, crabbing and fishing, marine animal programs, behind-the-scenes tours, virtual programs, toddler programs, birthday parties, overnight programs, dissection labs, beach ecology trips, and salt marsh field trips. This position will have a heavy emphasis on leading summer camps. Daily requirements of Special Activities Instructors include co-leading summer camps, independently conducting programs, handling live animals for programs, driving a fifteen-passenger van, assisting with interpretation in the Sea Senses touch pools gallery, assisting with staffing discovery carts and learning stations, routine cleaning, and other duties as assigned by the Education Curator or permanent Educators. 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, enthusiastic, have a strong work ethic, be able to work well with others, and be able to adapt to a flexible schedule.

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:
• Experience working with the public.
• Experience in a customer service role.
• Experience working with school-aged children.
• CPR/First Aid Certified (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, teaching experience, water safety skills, animal handling experience, a working knowledge of Outer Banks flora and fauna, and a degree (or pursuit of a degree) in Biology, Marine Sciences, Natural Resources, or a related field. Candidates must be able to lift at least 50 pounds and be able to spend extended periods of time outdoors.

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.
If selected for hire, prior to first day of work a background check will be completed.

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:
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. 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).

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

Mail, fax, or email completed applications to:
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Attn: Beth Wilcox
P.O. Box 967
Manteo, NC 27954

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