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


10000 Skyline BoulevardOakland, CA 94619



D AYTIME: (Wednesday through Sunday plus holidays)

Chabot’s telescopes are the foundation of the center. Daytime Observatory volunteers have the unique opportunity of introducing the sunlit sky as well as spectacular 8", 20" and 36" telescopes to visitors. Volunteers will share the history of Chabot’s telescopes and how they are used, offer tours and lead or assist with daytime observing of the sun, moon and planets.

NIGHTTIME: (Friday and Saturday nights)

Astronomy programs are presented on Friday and Saturday evenings free to the public. Astronomically inclined volunteers share the history and use of our telescopes including the 8", 20" refractors and 36" reflector helping visitors explore the nighttime sky and the universe beyond.

  • An advanced version of the Observatory Deck Guide requiring satisfactory performance as an observatory deck guide plus additional training
  • Is extensively trained to operate our main telescopes for the public for both day and night viewing
  • Has extensive technical knowledge on how telescopes and light work
  • Has extensive knowledge on celestial objects and constellations
  • Has extensive Knowledge on the history of the telescopes, their construction, and the history of Chabot’s observatories
  • Answers general and extensive questions to the public on astronomy and telescopes, looking it up for the visitor if needed
  • Satisfactory performance as an observatory deck guide
  • Attendance at all three telescope training classes (in order)
  • Mentoring with a certified operator
  • Cleared to operate telescopes solo by Chabot Staff Astronomer
Requirements and Qualifications
  • Volunteers must be outgoing and have an interest in working with various age groups
  • Awareness and sensitivity in interacting with diverse populations
  • Enjoy speaking and interacting with the public
  • Awareness and sensitivity in interacting with diverse populations
  • Astronomy background and/or motivation to learn
  • Experience teaching youth, storytelling, information presentation techniques, and technical aptitude a plus


Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hours each month forone year

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