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    DAVID CLARK
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    Amateur Astronomer Volunteers – at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory

    Are you an experienced amateur astronomer looking for an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with the public? Do you have an RV or travel trailer and the freedom to spend several weeks (or more) at a remote dark-sky site?

    The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory is looking for experienced amateur astronomers to serve as site-volunteers to support the Observatory’s extensive public programs. The Observatory’s Visitors Center plays host to approximately 60,000 visitors each year, many of whom participate in the Center’s array of outreach activities. Site-volunteers will assist with both daytime and nighttime activities including guided tours, star parties, special viewing nights, and summer scout night programs as well as other special programs at other times of the year. In exchange for a (minimum) four week, 20 hrs/wk (minimum, 12 evening/night hours& 8 daytime hours) commitment and upon successful completion of the application process, the site-volunteer will be granted access to one of the Observatory’s RV sites (full hook-ups, etc., provided.) Other restrictions apply. Background check required.

    For more information, please contact: Frank Cianciolo, Sr. Programs Coordinator for the Frank N Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory (frankc@astro.as.utexas.edu, 432-426-4152.)

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