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Astronomy Volunteer for 'Park After Dark'

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Biscayne National Park

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Goals of this position: We are looking for EXPERIENCED astronomers to interpret the night skies for visitors to our monthly night programming. The park has ONE telescope for use in night programming so volunteers are asked to bring their own telescope at their own risk.

Dates: December 18, 2021, January 15, 2022, February 19, 2022, March 19, 2022, April 16, 2022

Location of Volunteer Position: Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328 th Street, Homestead, 33033

Times: 5:30pm-9pm OR sunset-9pm

Scope of Contacts: High (51+ people)
Tasks required:

  • Set up telescope to view the sky in a safe manner
  • Interpret the night sky for visitors, drawing in individuals who may be hesitant to approach
  • Able to highlight any special features of the sky (comet, passing of ISS, etc...)

Characteristics of Volunteer Position

  • Responsible and professional
  • Self-starter and quick to learn
  • Punctual and dependable
  • Good with kids of all ages and families
  • Must have knowledge of the night sky: constellations, planets, etc...

Paperwork Needed (provided by Biscayne):

  • Application (OF301)
  • Agreement, with parental approval if under 18yrs (OF301a/b)
  • Job description (this page will suffice for PD)
  • Signature for JHA and all applicable safety topics
  • RM-16E Anti-Harassment Acknowledgement Form signature page

Ranger Contact/Supervisor Information: elizabeth_strom@nps.gov (786)335-3673

Required Training: formal/informal education/training of astronomy

Other Items to Note: 18yrs +, uniform required (provided). No reimbursement available. While operating under COVID-19 guidance, VIPs will practice frequent disinfecting of shared items and it may be recommended that VIPs wear face covering.

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About Biscayne National Park

Location:

9700 SW 328th Street, Homestead, FL 33033, US

Mission Statement

Biscayne National Park provides for a unique volunteer experience. We aim to give individuals the opportunity to make a difference in a place of great natural beauty. In an attempt to balance use and preservation, Biscayne is committed to the long term preservation of its 172,971 acres, most of which is under water. Aquatic and marine-based, service oriented projects help to further the protection and preservation of this South Florida treasure.

Description

Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents.

Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

9700 SW 328th StreetSir Lancelot Jones WayHomestead, FL 33033

(25.46442,-80.33474)
 

SKILLS

  • Environmental Education

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • One night a month from December-April. 5:30p(or sunset) until 9pm.
  • Must provide own telescopes with the understanding that there are no replacements or reimbursements.

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