Astronomy Volunteers and Interns

Logan Pass star parties provide incredible dark skies, lots of telescopes, and an opportunity to experience one of the darkest places in America.
Logan Pass star parties provide incredible dark skies, lots of telescopes, and an opportunity to experience one of the darkest places in America.

Photo by John Ashley

 

2020 Astronomy Volunteer and Internship Positions


The Positions
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 and intern astronomers provide over 10,000 visitors with the chance to experience night sky and solar viewing. Astronomy volunteers and interns 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. East side astronomers will also present programs using the park's new observatory and 20 inch telescope.

Internship positions are similar to volunteer positions, but include additional formal training in interpretive skills, customer service, park operations, and other professional development opportunities and are geared toward students and others that are hoping to gain experience in the fields of interpretation, education, astronomy, and other related fields.

This program is supported by the Glacier National Park Conservancy.

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
  • Ability to work independently and live in a remote area

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 to conduct night sky constellation tours
  • Experience providing astronomy programs for the public through star parties or other events
  • Familiarity with TheSkyX and astrophotography

Position Dates
Positions run from approximately June 22 through September 6. Beginning and ending dates may be flexible. We prefer to have volunteers for the entire two month period, but will consider shorter durations. Work schedule is five days per week with afternoon solar programs and nighttime celestial programs.

Position Locations
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.

Stipend
Astronomy volunteers/interns are reimbursed for living expenses at the rate of $200 per week. A $350 travel allowance is also provided. The park provides trailer pads, utilities, name tags, and uniforms, plus $125 to defray the cost of other uniform items.

Housing
Volunteers/interns in St. Mary (east side) are provided with trailer pads with utilities, but may need to provide their own RV. Separate bathroom and shower facilities are not available for trailer sites. For positions in Apgar (west side), government housing may be available. Trailer spaces in a nearby private campground are also available and are covered through the program.

Application Information
A resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references (name, title/position, phone, and email) should be submitted to the park via email by March 6, 2020. See contact information below. Please indicate in the cover letter if you are interested in a volunteer position or internship opportunity. A federal background check will be required.

Park Contact
Debby Smith
Hudson Bay District Interpreter
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Last updated: November 14, 2019

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West Glacier, MT 59936

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