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Astronomy Educator

Job Description: Astronomy Educator

Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt, 29 hours or less / Week (on-site)

Department: Education

General Statement of Duties

The Astronomy Educator provides an exceptional astronomy educational experience to school and public audiences.  This position recognizes the capacity to achieve greater results by integrating skilled volunteers and leveraging their diverse knowledge and abilities.  This position reports to the Astronomy Manager.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in space science, life science or environmental science, or equivalent experience.
  • Strong background in astronomy, and natural science education with program development experience preferred.
  • Teaching certification preferred.
  • Experience using 14” to 16” telescopes preferred.
  • Knowledge of planetarium audio-visual production and presentation techniques preferred.
  • Experience in presenting planetarium programs for all ages preferred.
  • Outgoing personality.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be a positive enthusiastic representative of the Virginia Living Museum.
  • Presents and teaches astronomy and natural science programs for K-12 schools and the general public.
  • Interpret astronomy concepts and sky science using the Museum’s observatory telescopes for all ages.
  • Assist in the technical production of planetarium programs as required.
  • Develop and teach after-school and summer children’s astronomy and natural science programs at the Museum.
  • Planetarium Maintenance, such as equipment repairs.
  • Observatory Maintenance
  • Develop and teach community outreach science programs
  • Develop and deliver astronomy programs for special events including overnight programs.
  • Supports and trains staff and volunteers as needed.
  • Handle live animals in museum education programs as required
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Requirements

  • Ability to work occasional evenings/weekends
  • Able to work under low-light conditions while presenting planetarium programs
  • Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word and perceive detailed information through oral communication as well as have the ability to make the discriminations in sound.
  • Physical requirements include medium work, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must be able stand for extended periods of time and move about on foot to accomplish tasks.
  • Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, climb a ladder, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel, and utilize repetitive motions.
  • Must have close visual acuity to operate a motor vehicle and perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data, transcribing, viewing a computer, and extensive reading.
  • The position is subject to environmental conditions for activities occurring indoors and outdoors.

Qualified applicants please submit VLM application, cover letter, resume, and references.

No phone calls, please.

Mail:  

Human Resources

 Virginia Living Museum

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd

Newport News, VA 23601

Email: human.resources@thevlm.org

Fax:   757-534-7419

757-534-7419