• A substantial knowledge of astronomy, a strong familiarity with the night sky, and experience with a variety of observing techniques and equipment; advanced knowledge of astronomy is preferred.
• Ability to work enthusiastically, cooperatively and patiently with all guests, volunteers and staff.
• Strong, very well-developed public speaking, teaching, and interpretative skills.
• Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule of shifts that routinely include both late afternoons and evenings.
• Once you agree to a schedule for a particular month, you must have the ability to commit to work that agreed upon schedule.
• Ability to receive continual training, put training into practice, and accept ongoing constructive feedback from managers and colleagues.
• Ability to learn abstract and practical concepts in astronomy as well as use of common astronomical instruments.
• Must have well developed PC computer skills and the ability to quickly learn new applications.
• Ability to learn the use of a variety of electronic and optical devices and to consistently follow all applicable operating procedures for their safe operation. • Experience using a cash register in a retail setting is desirable; ability to learn its proficient
use is required.
• Ability to stand for most of a work shift, climb stairs, lift 25 pounds, and comfortably work outdoors all seasons at 6,800 feet elevation.
• CPR and AED certification is required and will be provided by NOAO. • Satisfactory completion of any other required safety training.
• Provide uniformly excellent customer satisfaction service to all guests and consistently project a professional image of the Visitor Center team to all guests and colleagues.
• Ability to remain calm under pressure.
• Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with the public, fellow employees, managers, and volunteers; and respond professionally to unusual or unexpected situations.
• Organized, energetic, honest, and outgoing with strong work ethic.
• Must enjoy working with diverse audiences.
This position will remain open until filled.
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