We need people to help out at star viewing nights, primary school day tours, heritage curation, and documentation, or just to help out around the Observatory. We recruit new volunteers twice a year – approximately February and August. If you can commit to two nights/days a month plus a monthly training meeting, then this is the volunteer job for you! Don’t worry, we will train you – all you need is a love of astronomy and space. We need volunteers for a range of activities which include:
Learn how to operate the Observatory’s telescopes for a Night Sky Tour and talk to small groups about objects in the night sky; or, on cloudy nights, assist with presentations and tours of the facility. Training for experienced presenters to become a tour host is also offered.
School Day Tours
Learn how to interact with small groups of primary school children, describe a basic scientific topic or activity and encourage students to participate.
Guided Day Tours
Learn how to take a small group on a tour of the Observatory, explain astronomical concepts and describe the role of the Observatory, its museum, and telescopes.
Learn how to research the background of heritage items and documents, enter data into the heritage database and work on interpretation material, as needed.
Learn how to respond to customer calls, change bookings, greet visitors and help in the Astro Shop.
Assist with general maintenance of the Observatory buildings and grounds. This includes gardening, painting, and assorted manual tasks.
If you are interested and can commit to two nights/days a month volunteering at the Observatory as well as the monthly training meetings, please fill out the form below and we’ll contact you about our next volunteer intake