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ASP Career Opportunities


Part Time, Temporary Position

The ASP – a 501c3 nonprofit astronomy organization headquartered in San Francisco – inspires and supports professionals, researchers, educators, amateurs and armchair astronomers to learn more about astronomy and strengthen their ability to teach the subject to others. The ASP, which is currently celebrating its 126th year, develops and disseminates innovative astronomy toolkits, programs, publications, education resources, and online activities in its mission to advance science literacy through astronomy. ASP works with K-12 teachers, museums, planetariums, national and state parks, nature centers, astronomy clubs, and city sidewalk enthusiasts. The ASP partners and works with NASA, the American Astronomical Society, the SETI Institute, and other leading professional and educational organizations. Financial support comes from a diverse portfolio of sources, including government agencies, private foundations, corporations, earned revenue, and individual donations. The annual operating budget is approximately $2,500,000 and the institution employs a staff of 15 people. Please visit for more information.

The Early Childhood Astronomy Educator reports to the Manager of Informal Education and is responsible for the testing and development of supplementary astronomy activities for 3 to 5 year-olds as part of ASP’s My Sky Tonight (MST) program. Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Developing age-appropriate activities that both address astronomy content and encourage science practices with young children. This entails:
    • Iterative activity design influenced by (i) assessing related activities already in MST, and outside of the project, (ii) discussion with MST colleagues, and (iii) field-testing.
    • Activity testing with local museum partners.
    • Documenting each activity.
  2. Presenting activities to the growing MST community through online workshops.
  3. Sourcing materials and assembly of activity toolkits for MST workshops.
  4. Assisting ASP education staff with other functions associated with MST, as assigned.

This is a part-time position, 20 hours/week, and does not include vacation or health benefits. Benefits include sick and holiday pay. Position is for the duration of the funding NSF grant, which ends April 30, 2017, with possible extension if further funding is identified.

Compensation is $23-25/hr. based upon background and experience.

To be considered for an interview, applicants must meet all the qualifications listed below. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys teaching and working with children and has previous experience delivering and developing programs for Pre-K children. Knowledge of and interest in basic observational astronomy is a requirement. Strong preference will be given to applicants who have completed relevant college course work in Astronomy and Education.

Education: An Associate or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is required, with course work in natural science, science education, early childhood education, and/or interpretive methods, or in a related field or demonstrated equivalent experience.

Skills and Experiences:

  • Previous pre-school teaching experience, either in a school or out of school setting such as a museum or library
  • General knowledge of the day and night skies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to perform work without direct supervision
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft office software

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is committed to diversity and proud to be an equal opportunity employer, providing fair opportunities to all employees and applicants without regards to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, national origin, or disability.

December 15, 2015

Submit a resume and cover letter describing how your specific training, skills, and experiences make you a strong candidate for the position. Your cover letter and resume can be submitted by mail, fax, or email. No phone calls. Send your materials to:

Suzanne Gurton, Education Manager
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
390 Ashton Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94044

 sgurton {at}

 FAX 415-337-5205