Employment Opportunities with McDonald Observatory

Optomechanical Engineering Associate - McDonald Observatory

Job Description: Provides professional-level hands-on mechanical and technical support for all McDonald Observatory and tenant telescope facilities.

For more information on this position, please see the full job posting here.

Part Time

Event Worker - Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, McDonald Observatory 

Shifts: 10-18 hours per week Tu-Sa

McDonald Observatory is looking for enthusiastic and friendly individuals to serve as Event Workers who will support our Visitors Center operations by sharing their curiosity, knowledge, and excitement about science with Observatory visitors of all ages. Primary duties include: 

  • positive and energetic interaction with visitors,
  • helping with setup/breakdown of program equipment and assisting with clean up and closing.
  • supporting Program Facilitators and Specialists 
  • checking in visitors for programs, ushering guests to seats,
  • selling program passes, and assisting with sales in the Gift Shop.

Interested parties with experience may also operate telescopes, present short talks, facilitate “Pop Up Lab” experiences for visitors, or present long-form visitor programs such as Solar Viewings and Guided Tours.


Previous cash handling and register experience; excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficiency with common computer software; ability to work well with others and with limited supervision; willingness to learn and take on new tasks; Bilingual a plus.

To apply for a part time position with the Visitors Center, complete the appliation linked below.

McDonald Observatory is part of The University of Texas at Austin. The Observatory and Visitors Center are located near Fort Davis, Texas. Positions are security sensitive; conviction verification conducted on applicant selected. McDonald Observatory and The University of Texas at Austin are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to diversity. 

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