Position: Bayside Astronomy Program Manager
Type: summer job / summer student position
Organization: Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Assoc
Location: Lion's Head (north of Wiarton), Bruce Peninsula, Ontario
Are you an outgoing, nature oriented, first or second year college student with an interest in Astronomy? If so keep reading for the best summer job you will ever have!
Role Description: Bayside Astronomy Program Manager
The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association (BPBA) is a volunteer-based registered charity (http://www.bpba.ca). We build community capacity and commitment to conservation and sustainable economic development while completing concrete environmental projects.
The Northern Bruce Peninsula has one of the highest concentrations of rare species in all of Canada. It is also blessed with some of the darkest skies in Southern Ontario and in 2004 declared itself a dark sky community. A natural night sky is an important natural asset for the region as many biological processes are light-triggered. Excess artificial light interferes with these biological processes and harms wildlife.
The Biosphere Association received a $35,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in 2011 to encourage our community to preserve the natural night sky by using dark sky friendly lighting practices.
In 2012 we launched Bayside Astronomy Program to celebrate the natural night sky and motivate people to preserve it. We constructed a viewing platform in Lion’s Head, which is the site for the proposed Bayside Astronomy Program. This project was led and funded by BPBA, Bruce County and the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula.
In the past 5 years of operation, Bayside attracted more than 9,000 people from all over the world, which is leading to star gazing becoming a major tourist attraction for the area. We were even the subject of an article in the September 2013 issue of Air Canada’s En Route magazine, which is read by one million people.
Under the supervision of the Chair, Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association and the mentorship of the Dark Sky Committee, the Bayside Astronomy Program Manager will:
Deliver a Bayside Astronomy Program to the general public that features summer evening events five nights a week, including:
Develop a Complementary Conservation program that:
Develop and Implement a Marketing Program that:
Locations: Program delivery will be at the Lion’s Head viewing platform on Friday and Saturday evening but also at three area campgrounds during the week.
Hours: Program Delivery begins at dusk, so set up is 8:30 pm. It concludes at midnight. Marketing activities are carried out during the day at the convenience of the Program Manager.
Timeframe: The program will be offered during the months of July and August. Employment is for 30 hours a week.
Mentorship and training: will be provided as required.
Transportation: The successful candidate will require access to a car and a clean driving record. Rate of Pay: $15/ hour
Accommodations: Access to a cottage or home north of Wiarton preferred but alternate accommodations can be arranged.
If you are interested, please apply by April 30th with your resume, cover letter explaining why you are qualified for this position and a one page educational talk on any aspect of Astronomy that you find interesting to:
Mike Warkentin, Dark Sky Committee Chair
Phone: (416) 837-2959
Please also send a copy to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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