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Tour Guide, VLA (4824)

Company: National Radio Astronomy
Location: Socorro
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Position Description: Position SummaryThe Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Division of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory is happy to announce a new opportunity for a part-time Tour Guide at the Very Large Array (VLA), 50 miles west of Socorro. The Tour Guide will report to the STEAM Education Manager and will work with the Education Specialist and additional Tour Guides to communicate the Observatory's mission to the public and provide assistance in creating, organizing and conducting astronomy/science awareness programs for visitors to the Observatory.Job Duties SummaryThe essential duties and responsibilities will included:

  • Conducting guided tours at the Very Large Array, including auditorium presentations, to both the general public and private groups during 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, and at Open Houses twice a year
  • Assisting with requested guided tours, which include school field trips and motor coach tours
    • Docent duties including greeting visitors, directing them on site, answering visitor questions
    • Performing and presenting science demonstrations for visitors to the Visitor Center
    • Monitoring and performing basic troubleshooting of exhibits
    • Proactive compliance with NRAO and government safety policies and procedures in own work area is expected as is adherence to NRAOs Code of Conduct
    • Additional duties may include gift shop support and other duties as assigned.Physical DemandsThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Note: Socorro, NM is at an elevation of approximately 4,600 ft/1,400 m and the VLA site elevation is -7,000 ft/2,100 m.
      • Work is typically performed in both an office environment and outdoors.
      • Must be able to work a varied flexible work schedule. May be required to occasionally work nights, weekends, and holidays (outside of Thanksgiving and Christmas) as needed.
      • Physical demands include frequent standing, walking and occasionally lifting up to 30 pounds.
      • Occasional domestic travel is required. Position Requirements: Minimum EducationHigh school diploma or GEDPreferred EducationAssociates degree with studies emphasizing science or science education or equivalent preferredMinimum ExperienceMinimum of six months of related experiencePreferred Experience Prior experience working with the public or in a public speaking role preferred.Competency SummaryMust have a pleasant disposition, a professional presentation appearance, and excellent communication skills. Strong understanding of scientific principles.Additional Requirements- A valid drivers license is required by start date of employment and must be maintained.- The Observatory requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access our facilities. An offer of employment will be considered contingent until the selected applicant provides proof of vaccination. A selected applicant may request consideration for an accommodation for a disability or for a sincerely held religious belief.Background CheckAs the NRAO is a Federal Facility and this position works with the public, the selected candidate must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check as a condition of employment.Application Instructions: Select the Apply button below. Please be will need to be prepared to upload a letter of application describing interest and suitability for the position as well as your current CV/Resume.The deadline for receipt of applications is March 10, 2023. Please direct inquiries to Summer Ash, Opportunity Employer Statement:AUI is an equal opportunity employer. Women, Minorities, Vietnam-Era Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. To view our complete statement, please visit If you require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process due to a disability, you may submit your request by sending an email to NRAO is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

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Keywords: National Radio Astronomy, Albuquerque , Tour Guide, VLA (4824), Other , Socorro, New Mexico

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