Part Time Digital Dome Theater Operator/Astronomy Educator
State of Virginia
 Danville, VA

The Science Museum of Virginia's mission is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. We believe Compelling Science Inspires and we use this guiding principle in all of the work that we do at the Museum. This position serves as an operator, content provider, system owner, and astronomy educator, of the new full dome projection system at the Danville Science Center located in Danville, VA. Duties include but are not limited to overseeing the operation of a multi-projector, multi-computer full dome presentation system; including alignment, setup, general maintenance, upgrades, and operation; presenting dynamic and energetic live and pre-packaged astronomy programs for a variety of audiences, responding to astronomy and system questions as part of the presentation; presenting live, original and packaged programs on other topics; and operating other theater control systems to enhance presentations. This position will design and develop content for the full dome system using many different graphic programs, cameras, Adobe products and DigitalSky software. The incumbent will work with museum staff, vendors, Universities and the local community to create original scripts and concepts to be used when creating original full dome content. Must be able to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings depending on museum programming and events. Please note that this is a part-time position and will work an average of 29 hours a week with a maximum of 1500 hours in a 12-month period. No state benefits are provided.

Minimum Qualifications

Desirable candidates should be energetic, outgoing, animated, entertaining and enjoy being on stage'; demonstrate the ability to successfully interact with people of all ages and backgrounds in an educational environment and truly enjoy engaging with and entertaining children; have strong public speaking skills; strong customer service skills; excellent communication skills; the ability to effectively interact with the general public, community groups, outside vendors and staff members; be proficient with the photo and layout software and have working experience with Windows 8; have experience with image editing, illustration, video and audio editing; working experience with audiovisual systems, audio gear and video projectors; effective problem-solving skills, and previous experience with basic PC and audio/visual equipment, troubleshooting and maintenance. The successful candidate will also demonstrate patience and flexibility, and the desire, commitment and ability to work with children and have experience with astronomy program content design and development.

Preferred Qualifications

BS /BA degree in astronomy or related field from an accredited college or university, or extensive knowledge of astronomy from equivalent education, training and experience; proficiency with the full Adobe Creative suite of products and Windows products; and previous experience delivering educational programs in informal and/or formal settings. Museum experience a plus.

Special Requirements

The selected candidate must pass a criminal background check.