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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.

  • Provides historical and technical information about our telescopes, their night viewing hours, and the Telescope Makers Workshop (TMW)
  • Answers technical questions on how different telescopes work, covering lenses and mirrors
  • Operates the sun-spotter, solar viewers, solar telescope, and the SDO for visitors (future training will be provided for the solar telescope)
  • Leads tours through all three domes for groups of visitors
  • Demonstrates demos and uses the sound wall to educate and entertain visitors
  • Answers general astronomy questions, looking the answers up for guests if needed
  • Entertains and educates visitors in line for the telescopes about the celestial object a telescope is currently viewing
  • Two Mentor sessions for Center overview and observatory deck
  • Self-guided center, exhibit and safety orientation, worksheets #1-3 (complete in first 5 shifts)
  • Thorough review of the Volunteer Handbook, Chabot website and volunteer website
  • Observatory Deck Training Series 1-3 are optional but encouraged
  • Enrichment Speakers (optional monthly educational workshops and lectures)
  • Solar training
Requirements and Qualifications ยท Volunteers must be outgoing, friendly, welcoming and comfortable working with the public of all ages
  • Enjoy initiating conversation and approaching people in a positive and enthusiastic manner
  • Astronomy background and/or motivation to learn
  • Awareness and sensitivity in interacting with diverse populations
  • Experience teaching youth, storytelling, information presentation techniques, and technical aptitude a plus


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 8 hours each month for one year

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