Bayside Astronomy Program Manager, seasonal, Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Assoc, Lion's Head, ON (30/04/19)

  • 22 Jan 2019 7:27 AM
    Message # 7015121
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 Organization

    The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association (BPBA) is a volunteer-based registered charity ( 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:

    • A brief talk (about 20 minutes) covering the stars, planets, and constellations currently visible as well as an item of current interest, such as discovery of exo-planets, current NASA missions, etc. These will be prepared in advance on a weekly basis and approved by the program mentors.
    • A tour of the night sky – featuring the major constellations and planets and viewing of key objects, using the telescope at the viewing platform.

    Develop a Complementary Conservation program that:

    • Explains the three reasons why it is important to preserve the natural night sky (dark sky), namely protection of wildlife, saving energy, and safeguarding the cultural enjoyment of the wonder of a star studded sky
    • Explains principles of dark sky friendly lighting practices that reduce light domes, unnecessary sky glow, light trespass and wasted energy
    • Discusses the features of dark sky friendly lighting and enables participants from the public to identify dark sky friendly lighting fixtures. (The use of motion sensors, timers, high pressure sodium bulbs will also be discussed.)

    Develop and Implement a Marketing Program that:

    • Includes weekly articles in the local newspaper of the featured object (e.g. Saturn, the Moon, globular clusters) written in an engaging manner that will create the desire to participate in the program
    • Uses social media to attract participation in the program (e.g. maintain a Facebook page and Twitter presence)
    • Includes liaison with Bruce County Tourism
    • Ensures rack cards are maintained in tourist outlets
    • Assists in fund raising activities such as raffle ticket sales.
    • Communicates with local businesses and the Bruce Peninsula Tourism Association, Tobermory Chamber of Commerce and Lion’s Head Promotion Group in a creative way (e.g. hold a special star gazing session for them) to ensure they are aware of program, refer their clients and have opportunity to provide suggestions to strengthen the program
    • Introduces new outreach activities, such as to tour companies.

    Program Delivery

    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:

Interpretation Canada c/o Kerry Wood Nature Centre 6300 45th Ave Red Deer, AB, Canada  T4N 3M4

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