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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.
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
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
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.
Please visit marylandsciencecenter.org for more information and an application form. 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.