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The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP, www.astrosociety.org ) has a half-time position available for an articulate, responsible person, with an interest in amateur astronomer outreach, to work with the Night Sky Network (nightsky.nasa.jpl.gov). This program is run by the ASP for NASA to bring resources to amateur astronomy clubs active in outreach and is working to create a community of practice with its participating clubs.

Job responsibilities focus on creating a sense of community for the participants and include:

  • researching, writing and posting news stories that highlight the outreach activities of participants and milestones of the Network on the public and private web pages,
  • organizing teleconferences for participants with NASA astronomers and scientists,
  • managing the discussion board,
  • responding to inquiries from participants in a timely manner,
  • regular correspondence acknowledging accomplishments,
  • administering the awarding of quarterly and annual incentives to participants.

A background as an amateur astronomer is highly desirable; applicants should have a bachelor’s degree, a strong command of written and spoken English, good organizational skills, and familiarity with computers (including e-mail, word processing, and the web.)

The ASP is a pleasant, informal place to work, especially as part of a team interested in improving science education at many levels. Preference will be given to applicants in the San Francisco Bay area, but applications will be considered from those who would need to telecommute. As a half time position, no relocation expenses will be reimbursed and no benefits apply. The ASP provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, medical condition or handicap as defined in federal, state and local laws. The ASP has an employment-at-will relationship with all of its employees, which means that employment at the ASP shall continue only so long as it is mutually agreeable to the employee and the ASP.

To apply for the position, email a cover letter explaining your qualifications and a resume to: schippindale@astrosociety.org

Or send a hard copy to:

Suzanne Chippindale
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
390 Ashton Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112

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