Astronomy Environment Specialist

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Classification Number900272Classification TitleAstronomy Environment SpecialistDepartmentPhysicsLevelLevel C (Specialist)Job Description

The successful applicants will manage and oversee studies of the impact of the local environment upon activities related to astronomy and the Mittelman Observatory atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall. The focus will be on light pollution but could include other environmental factors as well. Duties will include obtaining data, performing research, evaluating natural and human causes, and investigating and proposing mitigation or improvement recommendations. The successful applicant may utilize other environmental and sustainability resources of the College or the local community. The successful applicants will work both independently and with the Telescope Specialist who manages the observatory, its telescopes, and its outreach program. Scheduling and hours for this position will be irregular, occasionally at night, and will require motivated, independent work.

Applicants must have advanced proficiency with environmental and sustainability issues and intimate familiarity with the night sky. Applicants should have taken and excelled at Physics 155, mastered concepts of observational astronomy and telescope operation as part of one of these courses, served as Astronomy Outreach Event Assistant, or should have advanced equivalent experience with telescopes and observational astronomy. Applicants filling this position should already possess and should have successfully demonstrated the required skills, proficiencies, and training corresponding to Astronomy Outreach Event Assistant. Applicants will be responsible for initiative in investigating and researching environmental impacts of society. Applicants should enjoy critically evaluating environmental issues for the purposes of making improvements as a way of applying their knowledge about and enthusiasm for astronomy.

This position is approved for remote work from within the United States only.

Posting NumberSTU01030LocationMiddlebury, VT CampusIs this an academic year or summer position?Open DateClose DateOpen Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions to Applicants

This position is only open to Middlebury College undergraduate students, is available for both the academic year and the summer, and is accepting online applications. Questions regarding this posting can be directed to Jonathan Kemp at [email protected] and students are encouraged to reach out before applying online.

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      Posted: 8/26/2020
      Application Due: 11/24/2020
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