Jobs & Volunteering

Building Attendant II

Performs general building cleaning functions such as mopping, sweeping, and dusting. Cleans, sanitizes and stocks the restrooms. Cleans and maintains the floors. Picks up and properly disposes of trash and litter. Sets up and takes down tables and chairs for special indoor and outdoor events. Replenishes supplies as necessary in restrooms. Cleans residences as necessary to prepare for new residency. Responds appropriately to emergency calls such as plumbing leaks, non-chemical spills and other emergency calls. Works as a team member to cover weekend duty, schedule changes, and shortages due to unscheduled absences. Performs as grounds maintenance duties as needed in the absence of the grounds maintenance staff. Projects a professional, customer service attitude and maintains a professional appearance according to UT McDonald dress code. Wears applicable personal protective equipment and follows safety policies. Drives a UT vehicle within the McDonald Observatory facility to respond to calls and provide services to the multiple facilities.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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.

See also: Outreach volunteer opportunities in Austin