Volunteer

If you are interested in being a volunteer at the Gunnison Valley Observatory, please download our Volunteer Information Packet.

Each year, the summer public viewing season rapidly approaches. Each summer, the facility is open to the public every Friday and Saturday evening beginning in mid-June through the second weekend in September. The Observatory opens to the public at or near sunset, and we like to have the volunteers arrive 30-40 minutes ahead of that time frame. Typically, the evening’s activities begin to wrap up around 10:30-11:00 PM, as the guests finish their telescope viewing.

Each viewing season, we need these typical staff volunteers for each open public night: a facility coordinator, two greeters, a speaker, a dome presenter and scope operator, and two or three individuals to help operate the smaller outside scopes and interact with the public about what they are viewing. Not all volunteer positions require an in-depth knowledge of astronomy, just a willingness to learn and enjoy the night sky with our visitors.

In addition to these volunteer opportunities, we could also use some assistance with the development of web articles, public relations and advertising.  Finally, any grant writing and fund-raising skills are always useful.

We can teach you to operate a small telescope, or even our large 30” one and share the night sky with others.  We also need volunteer greeters and individuals to help create web news and PR articles.  For further information please see the Volunteer document or contact Mike Brooks, mbrooks@western.edu (970-596-0927) or Chris Flores-Madison at gunnisonobservatory@gmail.com (970-596-5626)