Astronomy Language Specialist

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Astronomy Language Specialist




Level C (Specialist)

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The successful applicants will manage and oversee the planning and performing of multilingual efforts at outreach events at Mittelman Observatory atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall. Duties will include use of both English and one or more non-English languages during outreach events. Multilingual capabilities aside from English should include one or more languages offered during Language Schools at the Middlebury campus. The successful applicants will be involved with expanding the scope of existing outreach events through these supplemental non-English languages during interaction with visitors. Events and hours for this position will be irregular and primarily at night, and will require some motivated, independent work. Opportunities may exist for translating and producing astronomy outreach materials in non-English languages.

Applicants must have working proficiency and oral fluency in one of the non-English languages offered during Language Schools at the Middlebury campus, either by way of having attended a Language School, having equivalent academic language experience, or having equivalent real world language experience. 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 multilingual oral communication. Applicants should enjoy sharing knowledge about and enthusiasm for astronomy with others 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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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