Vacancy - Science Communicator

Science Communicator


The Kielder Observatory astronomical Society is seeking an experienced astronomer/ science communicator to join our team of science communicators working closely with our Director & Founder Gary Fildes to support the delivery of our events at the Kielder Observatory, situated within the heart of Europe’s largest Dark Sky Park in Northumberland.

This is an opportunity for a dynamic, self-motivated science lover to use astronomy to promote the awareness and understanding of science amongst the general public. The primary function of the observatory is outreach via public events. Our aim is to inspire enthuse and educate; bringing in members of the public of all ages and backgrounds with an aim to engage in discussions and observations of the night sky. We do this in a way that is friendly, informative and interesting through our amazing team of astronomers, guest speakers, volunteers and of course the award-winning observatory.


The science communicator will:

· Assist in leading astronomical events currently held 7 days per week in the evenings and weekends, engaging guests in discussions via presentations and observations of the night sky using our advanced large aperture telescopes
· Deliver Keynote or power point presentations on Astronomy
· Be a confident and fluent public speaker
· Welcome all visitors to the Observatory, engage with visitors including school groups and families and manage visitor flow
· Have exceptional standards of personal presentation
· Work alongside colleagues and volunteers and have a flexible approach to working in team situations
· Participate in science festivals
· Assist in communicating science through the media
· Provide support to ad hoc requests for science communication activities
· Acquire, develop and maintain the materials and equipment for the events
· Participate in planning activities for each year
· Participate in keeping performance statistics for reporting purposes



Applicants must have:

· A degree in physical science, or science education, or closely related qualification, from a recognised tertiary institution or alternatively proven experience in the same
· Preferably at least one year of experience as a science communicator, or other demonstrable skills
· Excellent communication skills and confidence in communicating with the general public, children and young people
· A valid motor vehicle driver's license
· Effective team working abilities
· Computer literacy and proficiency in word-processing and spreadsheets

Most importantly… A passion for, and knowledge of, Astronomy