Observatory Assistant: Share your passion for all things astronomical!


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Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

601 Light StreetBaltimore, MD 21230

About

OBSERVATORY ASSISTANT

Share your passion for all things astronomical by volunteering in the Crosby Ramsey Memorial Observatory, located on the rooftop of MSC. This position involves assisting Observatory Staff in running public programs. Volunteers will use a computer-controlled telescope to assist guests as they view the sun, moon, stars, planets and other astronomical events.

Duties:

  • Usher guests to/from the Observatory
  • Provide general explanations to guests regarding astronomy topics
  • Engage guests waiting in line in the Observatory; offer them a general idea of what to expect
    • notice craters on the Moon
    • notice phase of Venus
    • spot moons of Saturn
  • Operate main or subsidiary telescopes
  • Facilitate activities for guests

Required Knowledge/Skills:

  • Ability to speak to and deal with public in courteous and friendly manner
  • Outgoing; at ease with people of all ages
  • Prior knowledge of astronomy and telescopes preferred, but willingness to learn is acceptable substitute

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to ascend and descend stairs to and from the Observatory

Training: Will be p rovided by Observatory staff. You'll learn how to run the 1927, 8" Alvan Clark refracting telescope, as well as other telescopes at our disposal.

Schedule: Must be able to assist at least once per month for Friday evening and/or Saturday afternoon public viewing (more if you can). As with anything related to observing the sky, all Observatory volunteer shifts are weather dependent.

Please visit marylandsciencecenter.org for further information and application forms. All volunteers must submit an application, and volunteer appointments are by interview only. All applicants (over the age of 18) must complete a background check and orientation session, prior to volunteering.

Skills

  • Math / Science Instruction
  • STEM
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Astronomy

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Friday nights and/or Saturday afternoons
  • Must be able to use stairs to the Observatory

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