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Aquarium Assistant Director

Posted: May 30, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
North Carolina
Bachelor Degree

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Aquarium Assistant Director

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Primary Purpose of this Position:
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to work at an Aquarium? The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is seeking a dynamic, efficient, and enthusiastic individual to join our management team as the Assistant Director/Director of Operations and Husbandry.
 Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing and overseeing the Husbandry and Operations aspects of the Aquarium.
  • Working with the Director to develop Aquarium policy, master planning, and strategic planning direction for continued expansion of the facility, displays, and exhibits.
  • Directly supervising the Building Superintendent, the Husbandry Curator, the Dive Safety Officer, and Dive Safety Team. The reporting line to these individuals includes 21 full-time positions and up to 11 part-time positions.
  • Managing staff including conducting performance evaluations and staff development and training.
  • Ensuring that all buildings, grounds, and equipment are properly maintained and operating.
  • Ensuring that all living animals and plants are obtained, maintained, displayed, and transferred in accordance with applicable guidelines and laws including accreditation standards established by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
  • Developing new exhibits and displays with other management team members.  
  • Managing multi-section budgets.
 Position/Physical Requirements:
  • Requires evenings, weekends, and holiday work.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid NC driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of employment to be able to drive a state vehicle.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must provide the information on the application form. Any information omitted from the application form, listed as general statements, listed under the text resume section, or on an attachment will not be considered for qualifying credit.
 Qualified candidates must have or be able to:

  1. Demonstrated experience with the operations and maintenance of an AZA accredited Aquarium, Zoo, or similar facility. 
  2. Demonstrated experience managing life support systems, building support systems, exhibit design, and animal husbandry.
  3. Demonstrated experience managing a budget and purchasing.
  4. Supervisory experience.
  5. SCUBA certification, first aid and CPR certification.

Management Preferences:

  1. Experience with managing a diverse workforce.
  2. Experience providing leadership, support and guidance for both experienced and novice staff members related to animal care, facility operations, and life support management.
  3. Broad experience in scientific research and working with researchers is a plus. 

Experience Required

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 education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See of for details. Bachelor’s degree in marine science, biology, zoology, or other natural science from an appropriately accredited institution and four years of experience at an aquarium, museum, zoo or related facility; or An equivalent combination of education and experience.



Recruitment Range $49,158 - $70,885

How to Apply

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NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-475-2300

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