Jobs & Volunteering
Assistant Food Service Supervisor - StarDate Café
To support the outreach efforts of the Observatory by assisting in supervising operations of StarDate Cafe at the Visitors Center providing a clean, safe environment offering appetizing meals and snacks for both Observatory staff and visitors. Provides excellent customer service, receives orders, prepares food, and closes out the sales in a timely and efficient manner. Performance is measured by the taste, appearance, portion control, and satisfaction of customers. Prepares food for catering events while ensuring a high quality of standards. Performs routine cleaning of the equipment, kitchen, and dining areas to ensure a clean and safe working environment. Informs supervisor when the stock and supplies are low. Orders goods as instructed by supervisor, receives and stocks merchandise on a regular basis. Follows the University's and the Visitor Center's cash handling procedures to ensure that the cash drawer and cash reports are handled according to policy . Trains part-time employees in the general operation of the cafe, menu preparation, clean-up, and stocking of merchandise.
More details of this position are posted at: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/160127016162
System Administrator II - Hobby-Eberly Telescope
The Hobby-Eberly Telescope, a state-of-the-art optical telescope facility, needs a System Administrator II in a quite rural setting in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.
The minimum qualifications and experience are a Bachelor's degree, three years of experience in network and operating system administration. Experience with Redhat Enterprise Linux and Windows environment. Proven verbal and written communications skills; ability to work independently or as an integral member of a project. Ability to solve problems in a time-critical production environment. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
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The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
The Public Observatory benefits greatly from volunteer support provided by area amateur astronomers. These individuals frequently bring their own telescopes to Star Parties in order to share striking views of the night sky with visitors to the Observatory.
On-site Amateur Astronomer Volunteers at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center
Are you an experienced amateur astronomer looking for an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with the public? Do you have an RV or travel trailer and the freedom to spend several weeks (or more) at a remote dark-sky site.
The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory is looking for experienced amateur astronomers to serve as site-volunteers to support the Observatory's extensive public programs. The Observatory's Visitors Center plays host to approximately 60,000 visitors each year, many of whom participate in the Center's array of outreach activities. Site-volunteers will assist with both daytime and nighttime activities including guided tours, star parties, special viewing nights, and summer scout night programs as well as other special programs at other times of the year. In exchange for a four week (flexible), ≤ 20 hrs/wk (depending on time of year, up to 12 evening/night hours & up to 8 daytime hours) commitment and upon successful completion of the application process, the site-volunteer will be granted access to one of the Observatory's RV sites (full hook-ups, etc., provided.) Other restrictions apply. Background check required. Greatest needs are typically through the month of March with our Spring Break crowds and late May through August during traditional summer vacation months.
For more information, please contact Frank Cianciolo, Visitors Center manager (frankc @ utexas . edu (remove the spaces), 432-426-4152).
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
The Frank N. Bash Visitor Center at McDonald Observatory offers volunteer opportunities to individuals interested in astronomy and/or education. The greatest need for volunteers has been during our public star parties at busy times of the year. We have several telescopes that we use for our public programs including a 16" Meade LX200, 22" Classical Cassegrain, 22" Dobsonian and several Celestron and Meade 8" Schmidt Cassegrains. Training is provided. If you would like more information please contact the Visitors Center through the Volunteer Coordinator or call us at 432-426-3640 and ask for Shannon Rudine.