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Employment Opportunities

 

StarDate Cafe hourly shift-work

The Café is seeking part-time hourly staff to help with our busy summer season. To inquire, call 432-426-3644.


Frank N. Bash Visitors Center - Cashier I

 

Description

Responsible for assisting in the receipt, disbursement, and accountability of payments to McDonald Observatory’s Frank N. Bash Visitors Center. Assist with the Observatory’s outreach efforts by providing exceptional customer service at the Visitor Center’s Information Desk.  This position is located at McDonald Observatory, 16 miles from Fort Davis, Texas (440 miles away from UT Austin campus). The Frank Bash Visitors Center is open seven days a week and requires a variable work schedule to meet business needs.

Responsibilities

  • Opens and closes the cashier booth at the Visitors Center and accounts for all monies and tickets received during shift. Secures, receives, and reconciles cash, checks, and credit card sales in compliance with UT and Observatory policy.

  • Serves as the initial contact for the McDonald Observatory’s Visitors Center. Provides strong customer service including answering main Visitors Center telephone, taking thorough messages, routing calls to appropriate personnel, and providing visitors accurate information and directions.

  • Assists visitors with booking via Web Reserve Reservation System. Prints daily reservation list for program check-in. Monitors program availability during peak visitation times. 

  • Operates the audio video (AV) and Audio equipment for the theater. Opens and closes the exhibit area.

  • Serves as back-up to other areas in the Visitors Center and participates cross-functional teamwork.

  • Other duties as assigned.

For more information on this position, including qualifications, working conditions, and required materials, please see the full job posting here.


McDonald Observatory Physical Plant is recruiting summer hourly employees

Grounds and light maintenance duties.
Schedule: Monday – Friday
For more information contact Lisa Gandy @ 432-426-4148.
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers provide beneficial support to the Observatory and frequently bring their own telescopes to Star Parties to share striking views of the night sky with our visitors.

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.

McDonald Observatory is looking for experienced astronomy fans to serve as site-volunteers to support public programs. The Visitors Center see approximately 75,000 visitors each year. Volunteers assist with day and night programs including guided tours, star parties, special viewing nights, and scout nights. Access to one the Observatory's RV sites may be granted to approved volunteers able to commit to at least 20 hours/week of service. Background check required. Greatest needs are typically through the month of March and late May through August.

For more information, please contact Frank Cianciolo, Visitors Center manager (frankc@utexas.edu, 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 Volunteer Coordinator, Shannon Rudine, at 432-426-3640.

See also: Outreach volunteer opportunities in Austin

 

Visitors enjoying a star party at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald

Star Party