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Aquarium Director

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
High School

The employer's lack of disclosure of salary means that you can negotiate based on the company's commitment to employee diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The position of Aquarium Director has become available since May 13, 2024 and will be closed on June 10, 2024. Although the vacancy is based in Ada, the company may be willing to accept applications from candidates outside the area who possess the required skills. North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers job opportunities with different types, including internship. Choose the one that suits your needs. It is imperative to fulfill the requirement of passing High School for this job vacancy. The physical place of work for this position is Kure Beach , NC , Kure Beach , NC.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher located 20 miles south of Wilmington, NC, in Kure Beach, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear River. A living collection of over 4,000 animals in 93,000 square feet of exhibit space attracts and engages more than 500,000 visitors each year. The Aquarium is surrounded by protected woodland, marsh, and beach. Visitors often plan to stop at sites adjacent to the Aquarium - Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and historic Fort Fisher Civil War Museum.

Aquarium Director

The North Carolina Aquariums is seeking an enthusiastic team member to be part of the Aquarium management team! The Aquarium Director is responsible for effectively and efficiently managing the operations, budget, and staff of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Experience Required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies Qualified candidates must have or be able to: • Demonstrated knowledge of public standards and trends at an aquarium, zoo, museum, park, nature center or related facility, as well as principles of marine ecology, marine biology, and or science education. • Demonstrated experience in budget management, which includes monitoring budget and receipts, implementing annual plans, and/or procuring goods and services to meet program needs. • Demonstrated experience in conservation and informal education in an aquarium, zoo, museum, park, nature center or related facility. • Demonstrated ability in interaction with leadership, community groups, advisory committees, researchers and/or the general public. • Demonstrated skills in strategic planning and goal setting. Management Preferences: • Experience managing large, complex projects exceeding $1 million. • Experience providing public presentations to diverse audiences. Minimum Education and Experience Requirements Some state job postings say you can qualify by an “equivalent combination of education and experience.” If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See for details. Bachelor s degree in marine science, biology, zoology, science education or related field from an appropriately accredited institution AND six years of management and administrative/supervisory experience at an aquarium, museum, zoo or related facility. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Further Comments

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. Please a for more information.


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An Equal Opportunity Employer, North Carolina, State Government

DNCR selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), disability, National Guard or veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or political influence.
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Answers to Supplemental Questions are not a substitute for providing all relevant information within the body of your application. To receive credit for the supplemental questions, you must provide supporting information within the "Work Experience" section of the application, to support your answers. 

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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). 


N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Division of Human Resources
Angela Jones
109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC
Phone: 919-807-7373
Technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627.  

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone: 9107720500

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