Job Opportunity: Planetarium Show Presenter at CAS

The California Academy of Sciences is hiring a Planetarium Show Presenter to work at their Morrison Planetarium.

Position Summary

The Planetarium Show Presenter delivers mostly-astronomical presentations, including but not limited to planetarium shows, presentations in Hohfeld Hall, and presentations on the museum floor for public and school audiences and for special events.  In most public shows, this involves a small amount of live presentation, with most of the show pre-recorded.  As certain programs develop, the portion of shows delivered live may increase.  For school shows, the entire show is performed live while operating the Planetarium visuals from a control panel or computer interface.  Presenters may also develop content for planetarium shows and for astronomy presentations in other venues where astronomical expertise is desired, such as Hohfeld Hall, Science in Action, the Naturalist Center, or the Hearst Theater, among others, and for presentations for NightLife and Special Events.  They may also be called upon to operate telescopes and guide astronomical viewing sessions for NightLife or sleepovers or for daytime events such as solar viewing, eclipses, transits, etc. This position reports to the Supervisor of Planetarium Programs.

The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build a culture centered on mutual respect, equal treatment, and the opportunity to succeed.

Essential Duties & Responsabilities

  • Presentation of public and school Planetarium shows and astronomy-based presentations in other venues
  • Successfully learn and check out on programs within a predetermined timeframe
  • Accurately and courteously answer questions from visitors
  • Assist in seating and directing audiences as needed in the Planetarium theater or other venues
  • Follow all guidelines for professional behavior within the workplace, including consistent attendance, appearance, and appropriate communication with colleagues and guests.
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Other duties as assigned 

Education and/or Experience

A qualified candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

  • Basic astronomy knowledge is required, extensive knowledge is preferred.
  • Associate's degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college; or six months to one year related experience and/or training in public speaking or announcing; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 1-3 years' experience working in an informal education/museum environment desirable.
  • Planetarium experience, prior work with school groups, and/or telescope operation desirable.
  • Must demonstrate excellent verbal communication skills. 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays, the California Academy of Sciences is open to the public 365 days a year
  • Ability to speak confidently and comfortably before a live audience of up to 300, consisting of varying age groups & education levels; employing clear diction, strong projection, and command of the English language; must also be able to speak comfortably in close-quarter situations with smaller, more intimate audiences, such as the GeoDome or Hohfeld Hall
  • Ability to work in a darkened environment
  • In-depth knowledge of a natural or physical science, with broad knowledge of others, is highly desirable
  • Mobility, endurance, & visual acuity required to safely ascend 35 steps on a 30-degree slope to get from "stage front" facing the Planetarium audience to the control console in the rear of the theater, occasionally in low-light conditions
  • Ability to function and perform well as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills required
  • Rigorous adherence to scientific accuracy
  • Familiarity with operation of Windows PC platform
  • Manual dexterity to operate Planetarium console controls and various computer input devices, including traditional computer mouse, touch-screen, or joystick controls
  • Sufficient multitasking ability to operate Planetarium controls or software while speaking smoothly and coherently
  • Excellent customer service skills required

Learn more and apply for this position on CAS' official website.

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