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Planetarium Associate

The UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium seeks a Planetarium Associate who will primarily present live planetarium programs to audiences of all ages. Many of these programs occur on Friday nights and weekends. The ideal candidate will have experience with public speaking and an interest in delivering live, engaging science programs to a range of audiences. Candidates who also possess technical expertise will be highly preferred. Main responsibilities include:

  • Delivering live planetarium programs to audiences of all ages, including children
  • Communicating with the public and answering astronomy questions
  • Operating the planetarium projector during shows
  • Using planetarium software (Uniview) during shows
  • Operating telescopes during outdoor observing
  • Attending weekly meetings and providing project updates
  • Training student staff
  • Resolving technical support issues such as updating the planetarium’s event management software and assisting with website updates

Minimum Qualifications & Experience:
  • Public speaking experience
  • Proficiency with Windows and MacOS
  • Proficiency with MS Office products
  • Superb time management skills and self-motivated
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to follow up with projects and issues
  • Interest in astronomy
Highly Preferred:
  • Experience with Adobe products (Audition, Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Knowledge of website design and familiarity with WordPress
  • Experience with HTML/CSS/Javascript/NodeJS