Assistant, in Observatory

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Maryland Science Center

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Share your passion for all things astronomical by volunteering in the Crosby Ramsey Memorial Observatory, located on the rooftop of the Maryland Science Center. 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

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 a month for Friday evening or Saturday afternoon public viewing (more if you can). As with anything related to observing the sky, all Observatory volunteer shifts are weather dependent.

Visit http://www.marylandsciencecenter.org/volunteer for more information and to get a volunteer application. 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.

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About Maryland Science Center

Location:

601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230, US

Mission Statement

We are the Maryland Science Center. We inspire. We empower. We engage. Let's science.

Description

The Maryland Academy of Sciences is Maryland's oldest scientific institution and one of the oldest such institutions in the entire nation. At its inception in 1797, the Academy was an amateur scientific society - members met to discuss papers on astronomy, botany, zoology, and other subjects then known as the "natural sciences."

As the Academy continued its work through the 1800s and 1900s, the group searched for a permanent location to establish a space dedicated to interactive, hands-on learning. The vision became a reality with the opening of the Academy's Maryland Science Center in 1976.

Today, and for more than 40 years, the Maryland Academy of Sciences, through its programs and exhibits at the Maryland Science Center, has demonstrated a commitment to emphasize the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). No other institution in the state reaches more teachers and students through onsite and outreach programming.

The Maryland Science Center invites you to join our Volunteer Program and celebrate science!

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

601 Light StreetBaltimore, MD 21230

(39.28135,-76.61211)
 

SKILLS

  • STEM
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Astronomy
  • Customer Service

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One 4-hr. shift/month, for 6 months or more.
  • Must be able to use stairs to the Observatory

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