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Job Listing: Astronomy Educator/Dome Operator

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Science Museum of Virginia - Richmond, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Astronomy Educator/Dome Operator

Salary - $14.00/Hour

Job Type - Part-Time

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The Science Museum of Virginia seeks a dynamic Astronomy Educator to lead energetic live presentations in The Dome for general public, school group, and special event audiences. In addition to daily presentations, this position will assist with the planning and preparation of new material to support upcoming planetarium shows and current astronomical events. The position requires operation of the theater display and automation software Digistar 6, as well as occasional maintenance to PC, video projector, and other related equipment.

Must be able to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
Please note that this is a part-time position and will be scheduled for a maximum of 29 hours a week on average with an absolute maximum of 1500 hours in a 12 month period. No state benefits are provided.


Minimum Qualifications
Desirable candidates should be energetic, outgoing, enthusiastic and enjoy “being on stage”; exhibit excellent communication skills; the enthusiasm for teaching people of all backgrounds; truly enjoy engaging with and entertaining children and families. They should exhibit knowledge and demonstrated ability to plan and implement informal science educational programs and events; strong working knowledge of astronomy is essential, including the ability to interpret astronomical data from almanacs, star charts, books and internet resources; familiarity with current astronomical events; the ability to effectively interact with the general public, community groups, outside vendors and staff members; strong oral and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to schedule, manage and supervise volunteers; previous experience with basic PC and audio/visual equipment troubleshooting and maintenance. The successful candidate will also demonstrate effective problem solving skills, patience and flexibility.
Availability to work weekends is required.


Preferred Qualifications
BS /BA degree, or in process, from an accredited college or university with coursework in astronomy or astronomy education; previous experience delivering educational programs in informal and/or formal settings. Museum experience and ASL or Spanish language competencies a plus.


Special Requirements
The selected candidate must pass a criminal background check.


Special Instructions to Applicants
The Science Museum of Virginia will accept ONLY online applications for all Museum employment opportunities. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and resumes will not be accepted. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide detailed information. Submitting an application lacking in detail, may impact your interview eligibility. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration. Please refer to “Your Application” in your Account to check the status for this position. Computers are available for applying for jobs in public libraries, and the Virginia Employment Commission offices. Science Museum Human Resources will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of accommodation in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. If any assistance is needed when applying online, please contact Museum HR at 804-864-1477. The Science Museum of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse workforce. Equal Opportunity Employer/AA Notice: SMV HR will record information from each new employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization. Equal Opportunity Employer