Seasonal Public Programs Educator (Museum Technician I)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 11:45pm


Manteo, NC
United States


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JOB TITLE:    Museum Technician I

VACANCY #   60092959

DIVISION/AQUARIUM:  North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island


RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $11.32 per hour                    

APPT TYPE:         Temporary

CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, Wednesday March 11, 2020                                                  

LOCATION:         Dare County


*** Position will function as Public Programs Educator for the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island**

*This is an hourly position with a maximum of 32 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 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. 

  • 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 position provides support for educational programming at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island within the public programs section of the education department. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following: delivering interactive lecture style programs (sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish, etc.); handling live animals; facilitating trivia-style games; 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; and assisting with other tasks as assigned.  This position requires the ability to assemble educational materials, to research marine and aquatic topics, and to speak to small and large audiences. Additional responsibilities and projects will be assigned by the Education Curator or the full-time Educators.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:    

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

  • are an articulate communicator
  • have good public speaking skills and will be comfortable speaking in front of large audiences
  • have good time management skills and organizational skills
  • can receive training and learn to present exceptional educational programs to adults and children of all ages in a variety of teaching situations
  • can communicate well with and work well with aquarium staff, interns, and volunteers
  • can take direction and incorporate feedback from permanent education staff
  • have an interest and ability to read, synthesize and present information on a variety of freshwater biology, marine biology, ecology, and conservation topics

Prior experience in public speaking and a flexible schedule are required. Coursework in marine

biology, freshwater biology, science education, parks and recreation, and/or any other science or education courses is preferred.


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.



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How to Apply:

How to Apply:

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Wed, March 11th.

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 Paul Mazzei at:


(Note: Please consolidate cover letter, resume, and PD-107 into one document and send as

a single attachment. Please do not have more than one attachment on your application email.)


Postal Mail:

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

C/O Paul Mazzei

PO Box 967/374 Airport Rd.

Manteo, NC, 27954



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Compensation Information:

RECRUITMENT RANGE:  $11.32 per hour            

Contact Name:

Paul Mazzei

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