Glacier's astronomy outreach and education program began in 2008 and has grown to become one of the National Park Service’s premiere astronomy programs. Each summer Glacier’s volunteer astronomers provide over 20,000 visitors with the chance to experience the night sky and solar viewing. Astronomy outreach volunteers will need to be patient communicators who are able to help a diverse audience learn about astronomy during nightly sky tours and telescope viewing as well as assisting with larger star parties at Logan Pass. Using the park’s equipment, astronomers set up nightly on the west and east sides of the park, provide a guided sky tour of Native American and Greek constellations, then move to the telescopes.
Required Skills and Interests
Background in astronomy education preferred. Ability to set up and use both celestial and solar telescopes. Ability to clearly communicate values of dark skies and find and describe astronomical objects. Good customer service skills required.
Desired Skills and Interests
Ability to communicate the “big picture” of dark skies and how this relates to protecting national parks. Curiosity and friendliness. Ability and desire to put visitors and their interests before yours.
Positions run from July 8 through September 8 (flexible). Work schedule is five days per week with afternoon solar programs and nighttime celestial programs. We prefer to have volunteers for the entire two month period, but will consider shorter durations.
AstroVIPs are reimbursed for living expenses at the rate of $150.00 per week. A $400.00 travel allowance is also provided. The park provides trailer pads, utilities, name tags, and uniforms.
Trailer pads with utilities are provided for Astro VIPs at St. Mary. You will need your own RV. Positions on the west side at Apgar may have government housing available. Trailer spaces in a nearby private campground are also available (we pay the costs).
These positions (up to 4) are located in either the Hudson Bay District at St. Mary (east side) or the West Lakes District at Apgar (west side) of Glacier National Park.
A resume, cover letter, and list of professional references (name, title/position, and phone) should be submitted to the park by April 1, 2018. In addition, a federal background check will be required.
Park Astronomy Program Coordinator
Astronomy VIP Postions
Last updated: January 26, 2018