Astronomy Outreach Specialist

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Astronomy Outreach Specialist




Level C (Specialist)

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The successful applicants will help coordinate and supervise outreach events at Mittelman Observatory atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Duties will include exercising proficiency with telescopes and instruments used for these events, mentoring and training students in telescope and instrument use, sharing astronomical information with both students and event attendees, and overseeing event activities including equipment startup and shutdown and event setup and cleanup. Events and hours for this position will be irregular, often at night, and will require some motivated, independent work. Opportunities may exist for helping coordinate and supervise outreach events elsewhere on campus or in the community.

Applicants must have advanced proficiency with the principles and practices of telescopes and instruments, intimate familiarity with the night sky, and leadership and teamwork qualities. 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 having broad perspectives on event planning and execution, the ability to fluidly modify plans based on changes in circumstances, the ability to work within and help coordinate a team environment, and be able to exercise judgment, responsibility, and leadership related to both equipment and other students. Applicants should enjoy sharing knowledge about and enthusiasm for astronomy with both students and event attendees during outreach events.

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

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Middlebury, VT Campus

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Special 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: 5/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time