Seasonal Public Programs Educator

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Monday, February 28, 2022, 5:00pm


Manteo, NC
United States

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JOB TITLE:    Museum Technician I
VACANCY #   60092981
DIVISION/AQUARIUM:  North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $11.32 per hour                    
APPT TYPE:         Temporary
CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Monday February 28, 2022                                                 
LOCATION:         Dare County

*** Position will function as Public Programs Educator for the North Carolina Aquarium at 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 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 on Roanoke Island is located in Manteo, North Carolina 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 1,600 animals in its collection. Over 280,000 guests visit the aquarium each year to 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. 

Weekend, evening, and holiday work required.  Occasional travel is required for Aquarium meetings.

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. 

A skills assessment may be conducted during the interviewing process for this position.


Description of Work:

This is a seasonal position, slated to be filled March through August 2022.

Seasonal Educators provide educational support at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:  conducting public education programs (on topics including sharks, sea turtles, snakes, etc.) indoors, outdoors and virtually; handling live animals; showing educational videos; introducing guest speakers; providing information to Aquarium visitors, including teachers, students, and the general public; staffing discovery carts and learning stations; answering questions in various galleries; monitoring the Sea Senses touch pools; monitoring Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center; assisting with volunteer coordination and floor coverage scheduling; assisting with special and community events and Outreach programs; assisting with paid behind the scenes tours, outdoor and paddling programs, and assisting with other tasks as assigned. This position requires the ability to assemble educational materials, to research marine and freshwater topics, and to speak to small and large audiences. The seasonal educator will work with interns and volunteers and is expected to uphold and encourage a positive and supportive work environment. Additional responsibilities and projects will be assigned by the Education Curator or the full-time Educators. All staff and volunteers are required to follow DNCR guidelines regarding Covid-19 safety measures.

Applicants should be articulate, enthusiastic, and have a strong work ethic. Prior experience working with the public, adaptability to different teaching situations, the ability to work well with others, a flexible schedule, and time management skills are all required. The following skills and/or current certifications are preferred but not required: teaching or interpretation experience, experience working with and/or coordinating volunteers, CPR/1st Aid Certification, experience working with children and adults, animal handling experience, experience with social media and video editing, a working knowledge of Outer Banks flora and fauna, experience fishing, crabbing, or paddling, 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.

Division of Work:

Seasonal educators are expected to spend the majority of their time providing programing and engaging aquarium guests with concepts that support the NCA’s mission.

A general division of work for a typical week is as follows:

25% Leading interpretive programs and tours indoors and outdoors
25% Presenting discovery carts with props and live animals indoors and outdoors
25% Interpreting our galleries and exhibits such as our Touch Pools and our large shark exhibit
10% Working with fulltime staff to coordinate and implement front of house schedules for volunteers, interns, and staff
5% Assisting in planning, prepping, and implementing Special Events
10% Other duties and tasks as assigned

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:      

Applicants should prove through their record of work, education, and/or volunteer experience, and/or demonstrate in their interview the following:

Experience presenting programs in an informal setting such as a zoo, aquarium, museum, nature center
Articulate communicators and have good public speaking skills
Possession of organizational and time management skills
Demonstrated success working independently and with a team
Customer service experience

Minimum Education and Experience

High school or General Educational Development (GED) diploma 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 applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 28th.

All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. A resume and cover letter should be submitted along with the completed 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.

Send via email(preferred) or postal mail a cover letter, current resume, and state application form PD-107 to Cady Breslin at:

Email:  (Please consolidate cover letter, resume, and PD-107 into one document and send as a PDF document)


Postal Mail:

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
C/O Cady Breslin
PO Box 967/374 Airport Rd.
Manteo, NC, 27954