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ASP Position Announcement

Christina de Leon


The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) in San Francisco, California is hiring a full-time Astronomy Educator to join a team of National Science Foundation funded partners researching a professional development and community building program for educators at "small" science museums and nature centers.


* Lead the development and production of a suite of hands-on activities and "toolkits" tailored to the needs of museum and nature center educators (includes formative testing sessions).

* Assist with the development of training protocols and agendas and help train participants at onsite workshops nationally (some travel required).

* Assist with the adaptation of activities for "distance learning" and online training protocols.

* Moderate distance learning and online workshop sessions and discussions.

* Assist project evaluators with formative and summative data collection as required.

* Assist with recruitment of workshop participants.

* Attend weekly ASP team meetings and take part in monthly project team teleconferences.

* Other duties as required.

Required Qualifications:

* Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in the sciences (astronomy preferred) AND three years in informal education and outreach; OR a Bachelor's degree in the sciences, three years demonstrated work in informal education/outreach, and strong content knowledge in astronomy.

* Experience developing and/or adapting hands-on astronomy activities.

* Excellent interpersonal skills, public speaking abilities, and an enthusiastic/positive personality.

* Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

* Solid computer skills (including Word, Excel, e-mail, World Wide Web).

* Ability to multi-task and be creative (i.e., think "out of the box" when necessary).

* Comfortable working under more than one supervisor and open to diverse job assignments.

* Strong command of written and spoken English.

Desired Qualifications:

* Two years work experience at a science museum, science center, natural history museum, nature center, or equivalent delivering educational programming.

* Strong knowledge of inquiry-based learning.

* Experience with distance/online learning (development experience highly desired).

Salary: $35-38,000 per year (based on experience)

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications. Send application packages by mail to: Astronomy Educator Screening Committee, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112; or by email to


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