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Star Gazing Enthusiasts – Telescope Operator/Amateur Astronomer

  • Location: Bickley WA
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Education & Training
  • Time Required

    Minimum of 2 tours per month, following initial intensive training sessions.

  • Suitable for
    • Centrelink Volunteers
  • Type of work
    • Tour Guides, Information & Heritage
  • Training

    Extensive training provided

  • Reimbursement

    Cost of working with children check is covered by the organisation. Coffee/tea provided.

  • Requirements
    • Working with Children Check *

    • Confidence at public speaking to small groups or willingness to learn
    • Working with Children Check
    • Basic knowledge of Astronomy and our solar system
    • Ability to climb small ladders if needed
    • Previous knowledge of how to operate a telescope is handy but not required as we provide training
    • Ability to follow correct procedures to ensure the safety and longevity of the telescopes

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

As our new Telescope Operator, most of this work is for public night tours but some may be for day tours, special night tour events or outside events.

RESPONSIBILITIES • Unpack and set up designated telescope • Choose, setup and focus suitable eyepiece for target • Welcome group (The public is divided into Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta groups) • Explain how to view the target through the eyepiece • Explain and be cognisant of safety aspects of the dome and telescope usage • Describe allocated objects and related basic astronomy concepts • Talk about telescope, mount, GoTo, star catalogs etc • Answer questions as needed • Pack up telescope at end of tour

You can not apply for this role as it is no longer available.